By default, as a tea-lover, I am very fond of afternoon tea, especially when said afternoon tea (held at the stunning P.S. Cafe at Harding) is to raise awareness for this meaningful dessert project, Sweet Charity Month, jointly launched by 13 restaurants in Singapore.
Basically, this is how it works: each participating restaurant has created a delectable signature charity dessert. $5 from the sale of each charity dessert order will go to the NUH Kid’s Heart Fund (part of the National University Hospital Patientcare Charity Fund), which helps to subsidize the surgery costs of financially needy children suffering from congenital heart disease.
Expect some awesome pastry prowess with this line-up:
Cocotte – Traditional Basque Cake with Various Fillings
The Dining Room at Tanjong Beach Club – Honey & Tea Parfait
The Disgruntled Chef – Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice-Cream
Epicurious – Red Velvet Chocolate Cake
Gattopardo – Strawberry Romanoff
Loof – The Gummiberry
OverEasy Bar and Diner – Donut Balls with Warm Chocolate Fondue
P.S. Café at Ann Siang Hill Park – Toffee Nutty Carrot Cake
P.S. Cafe at Harding – Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake
P.S. Café at Palais – Orangey Carrot Cake
P.S. Café at Paragon – Blueberry Carrot Cake
Torte – Banana Chocolate Torte Muffins
The White Rabbit – Crepes Suzette Flambeed Tableside with Grand Marnier
Incidentally, I had a Pu’erh & Chrysanthemum blend (urban legend has it that the P.S. Café owner concocts his own tea blends – if it’s true, then R-E-S-P-E-C-T) to accompany this indulgent dessert sampling – I didn’t get to try all of them unfortunately, but I did get such a yummy sugary high that I transformed from shy to yappy in no time. My favourite was the Honey & Tea Parfait by The Dining Room at Tanjong Beach Club – a martini glass bearing Earl Grey cremux, honey ice-cream, housemade honey comb and chocolate crisp.
Dr. Terence Lim, a paediatrician at NUH, was excited to be involved in this project. He’s friends with some of these restaurant owners and they had been talking about the idea of a dessert charity for the past year. Still, he was quick to add a cautionary doctorly note: “Sweets are good but not too much ok?”
Nevertheless, some members from Dreamcatchers, a peer support group for young NUH patients who have chronic diseases, were having a ball of a time covering this event for their quarterly newsletter, “So Wad?”. (Their consensus was that the Red Velvet Chocolate Cake absolutely rocked.)
“I feel very happy, I like sweet food, especially chocolate!” said Agnes, 19, with a toothy grin.
This delish philanthropic promotion is on now till 31 October 2011. For more information, please visit www.sweetcharitymonth.com.