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Elisa Strauss specializes in custom-designed cakes, and her wedding confections stand up to her high standards. A favorite among brides is an antique-rose fondant cake with chocolate piping and edible appliquéd chocolate leaves ($10 to $20 per serving).
Elizabeth Hodes212-942-6000; elizabethhodes.com
A Princeton and music-conservatory grad, Hodes now channels her creative energy into original, ¬detailed cakes, often with a Far-East vibe. Her realistic decorations feature novel pairings of sugar-cast lime wedges with straw, roses with pepperberries, and water lilies with cattails. From $11 per serving.gailwatsoncake.com
Watson serves up romantic cakes with icing flowers that complement a bride’s dress or bouquet. She offers ten flavors of cake and even more fillings, from lemon curd to chocolate hazelnut praline ($9 to $12 per serving). Wedding-themed sugar cookies with a couples’ monogram are also available as a perfect wedding favor. Watson recently launched A Simple Cake for budget options ($6.50 to $8 per serving).
JollyBe Bakery718-965-1651; jollybebakery.com
Fans of intricate artistry will adore these creations by art conservator Ruth Seidler-she worked in the conservation labs of two major museums. Fondant is her canvas of choice for creating beautiful floral-design brushwork, marzipan elements, and "stained glass" geometrical designs. From $9 per serving.ladymconfections.com
This divine gallery’s signature wedding cake, the Mille Crêpes, is a light-as-air pile of crêpes sandwiched between layers of cream custard with a hint of cherry liqueur, a caramelized top, and a garnish of gorgeous real and sugar flowers. $12 to $15 per serving.
Lovin Sullivan Cakes by Kate Sullivan212-691-4330; cakepower.com
Fans of modern-with-touches-of-whimsy will love Sullivan’s funky but streamlined cakes. A former magazine photo editor, her attention to detail ensures that whatever a couple’s looking for-whether it be an unfussy white fondant with silver-coated almonds, or a heart-shaped cake covered in a velvety pink fondant with hundreds of tiny, royal-icing roses-it’ll be well-executed here. From $10 per serving.
Made in Heaven Cakes530 Third Ave., nr. 13th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-788-2727
Culinary prowess and art-school educations come together at this family-run bakery, owned by Lisa and Victor Zagami. Brides find favor with the golden-vanilla cake with lemon-chiffon mousse and raspberry filling; the shop owner’s signature flavor remains chocolate cake with cappuccino mousse filling. Order at least four months in advance. Cakes average $7 per serving.margaretbraun.com
Braun’s dazzling creations have a Baroque aesthetic; they’re perfect for those who like vibrant colors and ornate detailing. For chef Bobby Flay’s nuptials, the cake featured creamy orange and yellow stripes with a sugar chalice on top. Braun decorates each cake all by her lonesome, so expect prices to run into four figures (from $20 per serving).
From the Winter 2008 New York Wedding Guide
- Abigail Kirsch Catering Relationships
71 West 23rd Street, #1611 New York, NY 10010; Tel: 212-696-4076; www.abigailkirsch.com
Memorable weddings and Abigail Kirsch are synonymous. Whether at one of our exclusive venues or a select venue in the tri-state area, our event managers will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.
- Amali Restaurant
Tel: 212-339-8363; www.AmaliNYC.com
Praised by the New York Times for our wine list and sustainable business practices, Amali restaurant offers private rooms for parties from 20 to 150 guests. One of Eater's 38 Essential New York Restaurants, we have catered events at art galleries, the Freedom Tower and the Hearst Castle in California.
- Creative Concepts NYC
380 Lexington Avenue, 17th Floor New York, NY 10168 ; Tel: 646-308-1243 ; www.creativeconceptsnyc.com
A boutique custom catering and event company with fare that is hand-made, fresh and approachable. Our unique team knows that events can be stressful — We're here to make them easy, beautiful and delicious.
- Delish NY Catering
250 W 57th Street, Suite 613 New York, NY ; Tel: 646-620- 4335 ; www.delishny.com
DelishNY Catering provides a wide range of tasteful and creative foods for any event. Our relationships with a multitude of culinary teams allow us to present limitless options for our catering clients. And we pride ourselves in thinking locally— embracing the communities we serve, we allow the local flavor and spirit to shine in everything we do.
- Dish Food & Events
190 North 14th Street Brooklyn, NY 11249 ; Tel: 347-455-0077 ; www.dishfoodnyc.com
Dish serves seasonally inspired, elevated comfort food with global influences. Highlights from owner Ryan Corvaia’s versatile menu includes hors d’oeuvres such as fried chicken and waffle cones with apple bourbon compote and mini rock shrimp mac & cheese bites. From $150 per person.
- Marcia Selden Catering & Event Planning
247 West 38th Street New York, NY 10018 ; Tel: 212-921-4100 ; marciaselden.com
Marcia Selden Catering has been creating unique events with an accent on extraordinary food, creativity, & highly polished professional service for over 38 years. The award-winning, family run business has a passion for creating dream events with fun, delicious, and interesting cuisine that will wow you and your guests.
- Purslane Catering
333 Clinton Street Brooklyn, NY 11231 ; Tel: 718-701-8344 ; www.purslanecatering.com
Brought to you by the team behind well-loved Rucola restaurant, Purslane Catering brings a farm-to-table ethos and delicious, sustainable and beautifully executed cuisine to all of your special events. Seated dinner from $125 per person.
- Ryan Brown Catering New York
294 Third Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 ; Tel: 718-852-2575 ; www.ryanbrowncatering.com
Executive chef Brown, a French Culinary Institute grad, takes an organic, seasonal, farm-to-table approach, customizing menus to meet the needs of each couple. Highlights include his Pineland Farms beef short rib with horseradish gremolata served with black-truffle mashed potatoes. From $85 per person for a seated four-course dinner. (ecofriendly/good value)
- Sterling Affair
Tel: 212-686-4075 ; sterlingaffair.com
Exquisite food, impeccable service and flawless execution are synonymous with Sterling Affair after 25 years in business. Offering full service catering and event planning at prestigious venues and off-premise sites throughout the tri state region.