It's the sweetest time of the year: Sweet Charity

By Candace Nelson - 6:05 PM

Sweet Charity

No, I’m not talking about Valentine’s Day.

I’m talking about Sweet Charity, the Kanawha Valley’s premier dessert competition that pits local bakers against one another for bragging rights all in the name of a good cause.

The fifth annual event will be held March 12 and features returning competitors Sugar Momma Sweets, Delights by Davis, Edgewood Summit, Ms. Groovy’s Kitchen and reigning “People’s Choice Award” winner Rock City Cake Company, among others.

Competitors will be serving up delicious bites for the public, as well as a panel of celebrity judges who will be scoring presentation, creativity and taste: Quincy Wilson, former West Virginia University football star and current West Virginia State University assistant coach; Chef Paul Smith, the corporate chef behind Buzz Food Service; Steven Keith, the Gazette-Mail’s Food Guy columnist; and Amanda Barren, WSAZ news anchor.

Adam Harris, executive producer of “Mountain Stage,” is returning to host, and local favorite Steve Himes will provide music.

Confectioners, judges and event-goers will gather next month all in the name of charity. Proceeds will benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley. This nonprofit is dedicated to helping seniors in Kanawha and Putnam counties sustain their independence and remain in their own homes as long as possible by providing volunteer services, like transportation to medical appointments or the grocery store, running errands or making telephone reassurance calls or friendly visits.

Past years’ events have included delectable bread pudding with white chocolate and nuts, rice pudding in chocolate cups, macarons, giant cream-filled “unicorn horns” with edible glitter, napoleon cannoli, pineapple upside-down cake, pina colada brownies, sugar cookies and more.

If that scrumptious list of dessert sampling isn’t enough, there’s also great music, an amazing coffee bar and more. I don’t know about you, but that’s my ideal Tuesday evening.

Sweet Charity will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 12 at the TransCanada Auditorium at 1700 MacCorkle Avenue in Charleston. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, which include samples from all competitors, and are available at All proceeds benefit Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley.

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In full disclosure, I serve on the board for Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley. And, this fun, delicious event may have encouraged just that. I am honored to help promote it with my fellow sweet-tooth friends.


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