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America’s Baking and Sweets Show


Baking Celebs Abound at the First Annual America’s Baking and Sweets Show
Press Release by Dani Stern

The premiere edition of America’s Baking and Sweets Show is pleased to welcome a full line-up of baking industry celebrities from November 15th to 17th, 2013. The show runs at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel (1551 N Thoreau Dr) in Chicagoland and offers an array of delectable and sweet things to explore, discover and buy. This year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland.

Each of the three days of America’s Baking and Sweets Show brings new and exciting special guests. Friday welcomes Geraldine Randlesome. Geraldine, renowned cake designer, began her career thirty years ago when she was invited to work on the Canadian wedding caked for Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Since then, she has continued to innovate and design cakes and is sought after by such notable people and companies as Walt Disney, Francis Ford Coppola and the Prince of Japan. In 2011, Dessert Professionals Magazine voted Geraldine as one of the Top Ten Cake Designers in North America.

Chicago’s own Brian Emmett and Celebrity Chef Gale Gand take to the stage on Saturday. Brian was the winner of America’s Top Amateur Baker on CBS’s The American Baking Competition. He brings his passion for baking, and for life, to the show. Gale Gand was the Host of the long running Food Network’s and Cooking Channel’s Sweet Dreams, Gand has appeared on Iron Chef America, Martha Stewart, Baking With Julia (Child), Oprah as well as acting as judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef Just Desserts. Also on stage Saturday, as well as Sunday, is Kathy Wakile. Kathy is the star of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New Jersey. She came out with her own line of specialty desserts called Dolci della Dea (Goddess Sweets), which launched its debut Cannoli Kit on QVC. Kathy is proud to be expanding her specialty dessert collection with a Cannoli Chip and Dip platter, mini desserts and coffee for retail and foodservice organizations nationwide. Drop by Kathy’s booth and catch her on the main stage.

America’s Baking and Sweets Show
welcomes chef Duff Goldman and Jackie Alpers on Sunday, November 17th. In addition to his work on Ace of Cakes, Duff also stars in the Food Network series, The Best Thing I Ever Ate as well as being featured in episodes of: Iron Chef America; The Next Food Network Star; Diners, Drive-Ins and Drives; Chefs vs. City; Cupcake Wars; and Chopped. Jackie is an award-winning professional food photographer and author of Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicous Desserts. Her popular food photography and recipe blog “Jackie’s Happy Plate”, documents her culinary adventures as a Midwestern girl transplanted to the Sonoran Desert. She is especially interested in the emotional, psychological and spiritual relationship that people have with food and drink. As Jackie sees it, food lends itself to vast symbolism and interpretation and she loves the rituals surrounding it.

Other not-to-miss main stage presentations include: Wheat Real with Kim Nordin; Cake Connection with Diane Simmons; Deb Pankey, Daily Herald Food Editor; two Home-Baking Recipe Competition; Cabot Creamery with Rachel Leone; Kenmore; and Annie Overboe, Daily Herald Baking Editor.

Visitors to America’s Baking and Sweets Show can expect to see new trends and products from exhibitors in a range of categories including baking, sweets and confectionary, coffee and tea, liqueurs and kitchenware. The Cake Design Academy is created for people with a passion for baking, who are looking for inspiration. The one-hour demonstrations are available for $10 and two-and-a-half hour hands-on classes are offered for $60. Everyone who comes to enjoy America’s Baking and Sweets Show is invited to participate in the Bakers Kitchen Appliance Sweepstakes with a grand prize of a Kenmore Stove. For more information, visit

America’s Baking and Sweets Show is the United States’ first and largest consumer show dedicated to everything baked and sweet. Show hours: Friday, November 15 – 11am to 9pm; Saturday, November 16 – 10am to 6pm; and Sunday, November 17 – 10am to 6pm. Admission: One day – $16 adult, $10 senior (65+) and student (13-17); Friday show special, $6 for students and teachers with valid identification; three-day pass – $30. For more information, visit