Coming Right Up: OMG Red Velvet!

By: Katherine Brooks

No longer restricted to the South or to cakes, red velvet has climbed its way north in the baking world and left its sweet-toothed fans with stained tongues and rounder bums along the way. Shout outs in James Beard’s 1972 culinary bible American Cookery and in the tear-jerking 1989 chick flick Steel Magnolias refer to the flavoring as a cake. However, the cocoa-accented, deep maroon color now makes appearances just about anywhere carbs are socially acceptable. Waffles, fried chicken, cookies, fudge, ice cream, pancakes, whoopee pies, milk, yogurt, and martinis have recently seen shades of red. With a devoted following and Valentine’s Day-appropriate hue, the flavor deserves to take center stage at its own event. We know just the thing.

Join Signpost and ten local chefs for OMG Red Velvet!, a rose-tinted benefit for Lovin’ Spoonfuls. Sweet talk other dessert lovers next Tuesday, February 8th from 8pm to 9:30pm at Flour Bakery and Cafe in Fort Point. Proceeds from ticket sales go to furthering the efforts of food rescue and food delivery to those in need. Expect paper hearts, valentines, giveaways, love music, and creative bites starring our favorite flavor. The dress code is festive, so break out your pink and red! Red velvet masterminds of the evening include Will Gilson of Garden at The Cellar, Sweet cupcakes, Hungry Mother, Union Bar and Grille, Sportello, The Chocolate Tarte, and more. Paint the town red for a great cause!

8 p.m. at Flour Bakery and Cafe, 12 Farnsworth St., Boston. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. Get yours here. (Photo credit: fsumaria on Flickr)