Caramelpalooza 2013: Buy Tasting Tickets Now
Polish off that sweet tooth, Phoenix, because Caramelpalooza 2013's just a little more than a week away.
Jonathan McNamara Caramelpalooza 2011 -- in style.
Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual caramel tasting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- a new location but the same sugar rush (more, in fact) you've enjoyed in years past.
For the past few weeks we've been getting cozy with the caramel makers, and now we have some news about how to get tasting tickets for the event.
This year's Caramelpalooza will benefit the Arizona Humane Society. You can show up the night of the event (we suggest you come early, tickets will go quickly) and buy tickets, or you can purchase tickets online now.
Either way, it's $10 for 5 tickets. With 20 caramel makers competing, you'll want to study up on the chef profiles we've been sharing here on Chow Bella and plan your strategy accordingly. Caramel makers will compete for awards, including Best in Show and People's Choice.
In the coming days we'll announce a contest to choose a reader judge for the event, and we'll be sharing our Caramelpalooza Field Guide.
See you April 7!
Once again, the competing chefs:
Veronica Arroyo, Bourbon Steak
Stacey Barnes and Donna Hansen, Goodytwos Toffee Company
Patrick Boll and Jason Raducha, The P. Joseph Project
Brady Breese, Urban Cookies
Monica Castillo, Churn
Denise Clayton, Denise is Cooking
Amanda Crick and Erin Glassburn, Tonto & Cartwright's
Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert, Twist Caramels
Tracy Dempsey, Tracy Dempsey Originals
LaDawn Driscoll, The Herb Box
Slade Grove, Slade Grove Creative Gourmet
Kathryn James, Sweets by 5ftLatina
Jeff Kraus, Crepe Bar
Jill McNamara, Millie's Caramels
Rachel Miller, Pistol Whipped Pastry
Minerva Orduño Rincón, Muñeca Mexicana
Lisa and Jim Rast, NutWhats
Virginia Senior, Urban Beans
Eugenia Theodosopoulos, Essence Bakery Cafe
Traci Zitzer and Russell Johnson, Urban Table