SoBeWFF: Hedy Goldsmith, Jeni Britton-Bauer, Paulina Naranjo Share a Love for All Things Frozen and Sweet
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Credit three ladies for making this year's South Beach Wine & Food Festival just a little bit, um, cooler: Hedy Goldsmith, James Beard award-nominated executive pastry chef for the Genuine Hospitality Group in Miami; Jeni Britton-Bauer, owner of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and award-winning cookbook author from Columbus, Ohio; and Paulina Naranjo, a self-proclaimed "paleta princess" and Miami's source for traditional and modern Mexican popsicles. These women have one thing in common. For them, ice cream is about more than just good, brain-freeze-inducing eats. The dessert also evokes memories of nostalgic childhood treats.
Hedy Goldsmith remembers playing freeze tag during hot, muggy afternoons in Center City, Philadelphia. Some evenings, a Good Humor ice-cream truck would barrel down the street, blasting a loud jingle from its speakers.
"I would fly down the street, money in my hot, sweaty hand, screaming for the truck to stop, so I could stop running in my bare feet. Every time I hear the jingle, I want to be 6 years old again," she says.
Her choice from the truck? Toasted almond ice-cream bar on a stick.
Goldsmith's taste has evolved a bit since then. Although pistachio gelato is her fallback, she also enjoys her own signature flavors: smoked vanilla, candied bacon, and coffee toffee swirled with banana gelato. "I go to my happy place while making ice cream," the pastry chef says. "Single-handed, the best way to feel like a kid again!"
At the Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar Baking Out Loud, hosted by the chef and Josh Wesson, the acclaimed expert on food and wine pairings, Goldsmith will whip up bold desserts: tangerine pot de crème, candied bacon, Snickers bars, and chocolate cake with curry, coconut, and cardamom.
And, while we're on the subject of curry, Goldsmith has something to admit. She really, really loves *Vadouvan curry, coconut, peanut, and ginger ice cream.
Bank of America Lifestyle Seminar Baking Out Loud Hosted by Hedy Goldsmith and Josh Wesson: Sunday, February 24, 2013; Noon to 1 p.m. Shelborne South Beach, 1801 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. ($85)