Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Beyond Perfection: Montreal School Cookbook Redefines Cake

Jewish Joie de Vivre is increasingly prevalent in today's North American culture especially because millions of foodies around the globe, amateurs and experts alike, are exposed to social media as a means to share their passions for culinary arts. Via food blogs, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram photos, hundreds of mini 'Martha Stewarts' emerge as Montreal is slowly unveiling itself as a hub for homemade culinary talent, as experienced within our very own Montreal Jewish community.
And then there was Cake Hebrew Academy Cookbook Launched on June 11, 2013 in Montreal.

Each year, women of the Hebrew Academy school of Cote Saint-Luc gather in an elegant yet understated Spring Tea event in support of its Parent and Students Association. On June 16th, the annual tea marked the launch of the first ever Hebrew Academy cookbook, “And then there was Cake.” The cookbook was initiated by the talented baker, Muriel Cohen among fellow cookbook editors, Chaya Lieberman, Jordana Levy, Vera Preisler, and Vanessa Fallenbaum. Held at the Cote de Liesse Sub-Zero show room, the fundraiser gathered over 200 women (despite the rainy weather) in what seemed to be a prestigious 'mini wedding' in a state-of-the-art Sub-Zero kitchen setting.
The cake version of the cookbook. The pièce de resistance

From crystal clear chairs and cake stands, baby pink gingham trimmings, contemporary bistro tables, mirrored vases adorned with hydrangea, rose and peony arrangements to centerpieces made with meringue, cake pop and miniature fondant tiered cakes... a style glimpse of this year's lavish tea party - truly beyond perfection.  An array of fresh salads was offered in a pareve homemade buffet by volunteer Cote Saint-Luc moms. The pièce de resistance was a minimalist sweet table in the center of the showroom comprised of an edible model of the cookbook, Dahlia Goldenberg's Raspberry Macaron and Choux à la Crème, Muriel Cohen's traditional Le Paille and caramelized almond clusters, Lauren Suissa's treasured rugelach and much more. Among other event perks was a coffee bar, a raffle with delightful prizes... and yes the HA student lunches for a year was won by Yael Minciotti. The 2013 spring tea was chaired by Lyat Abicidan and Osnat Feldman.
Cookbook Editors-in-chief: Vera Preisler, Muriel Cohen , Vanessa Fallenbaum, Jordana Levy and Chaya Lieberman. (Photo credit:  "And then there was Cake cookbook")

“And then there was Cake”  is a collection of more than 80 most scrumptious kosher desserts ranging from classic to modern. From Rugelach, Passover cakes, Babka bites to Madeleines, these recipes reflect Montreal's diverse Jewish heritage. But even more, the book is an expression of family, community, giving and sharing- a living keepsake for our children and the Montreal community as a whole.

I feel so privileged to be surrounded by such great talent. To get a taste of some of the treats mentioned above, order the cookbook and indulge: http://www.ha-cookbook.com.


Macaron by Dahlia Goldenberg (past PR employee of CNN who started her own baking business in Montreal known as Les Delices de Dahlia. Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.

Mini cake pop centerpieces
A view of the Sub-Zero Showroom.

Delicious pareve kosher buffet made by countless mothers from the Hebrew Academy Parent Association. Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.

Sweet table including many of the delicacies in the cookbook.

The cookbook in cookie format by Muriel Cohen. Very Cute...


A glimpse of the sweet table of homemade Jewish delicacies including Hanukah sticky buns, rugelach and more.
Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.

Chocolate cupcakes. Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.

Mini tiered cakes (by Muriel Cohen) served as centerpieces on rectangular bistro tables.
Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.

Jordana Levy, the cookbook editor, acknowledges cookbook and spring tea collaborators.
Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.


Hebrew Academy mothers: Anat Toledano, Leslie Perez, Fanny Edery, Rosie Rehany and Melanie Hiltser.


Pearl Prokosh, Leslie Perez, Judith Azerad and Stephanie Tordjman.


Assorted candy bar. Photography by Leslie Perez. All rights reserved.