February 18th & 19th 2017
L.A. Convention Center
The BIGGEST Baking and Pastry Convention on the West Coast
Meet thousands of Californians who share your brand’s love for all things sweet, salty and savory in the world of baking and sweets. Our last 2 shows both sold out. So we’re upgrading the space at LA Convention Center to 4x the size. 2017’s LA Cookie Con and Sweets Show is a can’t-miss event!
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Duff Goldman, Celebrity Chef and TV Personality
Classically trained at Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, California, Chef Duff Goldman worked under such notable chefs as Jessie Llapitan, now Executive Chef of the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, and Chef Jason Rogers, of Olives in Aspen, and now at the Borgata of Atlantic City. Duff left Colorado to cook and bake bread for Todd English’s Olives back in Washington, D.C., and worked under Executive Chef Steve Mannino. His entrepreneurial spirit took him back to Baltimore in 2000, where he finally realized his dream and opened Charm City Cakes…
…in his apartment. He wasn’t there very long; as word-of-mouth, the media, and even the health department all began to take an interest, and he soon found himself in a real bakery of his very own. Increased coverage in the press, and a growing clients list helped propel Duff into an even bigger location: an old church he retrofitted into his current modern bakery, a converted church in the Remington area of his adopted hometown – and the Charm City Cakes as we know it was firmly established.
As word about his unusual and daring cakes got out, Duff hired staff with more artistic experience than the typical pastry chef, like painters, architects and sculptors. His out-of-the-ordinary team is known for producing highly creative cakes that range from Star Wars characters and vehicles, to a replica of the Stanley Cup, to a working life-size motorcycle, a Hogwarts Castle for Warner Bros. and their premiere of Harry Potter.
Following several appearances on its cake competition Challenge series, in 2006, Food Network tapped Chef Duff and his fellow cake baking artists at Charm City Cakes to star in Ace of Cakes. After six years and ten seasons, the show was broadcast in over 40 countries worldwide.
In addition to his work on Ace of Cakes, Duff has been featured in episodes of The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives, Chefs vs. City, Cupcake Wars, Sugar High and Chopped. Duff continues to be a staple on the Food Network year-round starring on Duff Till Dawn and as a judge on Kids Baking Championship, Spring Baking Championship and Holiday Baking Championship. Today, Duff’s work has also been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, Fox News, The Today Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Chef Duff has also made his first foray into the publishing world with the New York Times bestseller, Ace of Cakes: Inside the World of Charm City Cakes. He most recently released his second cookbook, Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home, October 2015.
In 2012, Cakemix opened its doors in Los Angeles. The one-stop cake decorating shop allows visitors to decorate their own cakes.
In addition to owning and operating Charm City Cakes and Charm City Cakes West, Duff is also a sculptor, artist, and musician. In 2011, Duff was nominated for two James Beard Foundation awards for both “Best TV Food Personality/Host” and “Best Television Program.”
From Caped Crusader to Canine Crusader
Burt had all the makings of a true “Boy Wonder”. At the age of two, Burt was the youngest professional ice skater in the world and was featured in “Strange As It Seems,” a predecessor to the Guinness Book of Records. As a teenager, Burt was an all-around athlete, strong in martial arts, wrestling, track, tennis and golf, combined with a sharp intellect, playing “first board” in chess for Beverly Hills High School, achieving the top 3% in the U.S. in math and science tests at UCLA, and becoming the world’s fastest reader – Burt tested before the American Medical Society in Beverly Hills, California and was clocked at 30,000 words per minute with 90% comprehension (the average reader reads 240 words per minute with 40% comprehension). Burt was featured in an article entitled, “Will the Real Boy Wonder Please Stand Up” and subsequently appeared on the national television educational show “Read Right.”
With the help of his father, a prominent real estate broker in Beverly Hills, CA, Burt became one of the youngest real estate agents in California, and met producer, Saul David, who arranged for him to sign with a Hollywood agent. His first interview was set up at 20th Century Fox Studios, and a few weeks later, Burt was called back for a screen test with Adam West.
Little did aspiring actor, Burt Ward, know that learning martial arts in addition to his mental and athletic prowess would change his life forever. Holder of a brown belt in karate at the time, Burt showed off his athletic ability for the producers by demonstrating some falls and tumbles, and even broke a one-inch thick pine board with his hand. Later, Burt attained his black belt from his instructor, All Korean champion, Young Ik Suh. Burt was friends with Bruce Lee. A special piece of movie trivia is that Bruce Lee’s first filmed fight scene of his career was fighting Burt Ward. In October 2015, Burt was inducted into the International Karate and Kickboxing Hall of Fame.
Executive Producer William Dozier told Burt that he was chosen out of more than 1,100 other young actors trying out for the role of Robin because the producers believed that “If there really was a real ‘Robin The Boy Wonder,’ then Burt would be it,” so they requested him to “just be himself and be enthusiastic.” As a result, all of the mannerisms you see Robin doing like punching his fist into his palm, jumping over the door in and out of the Batmobile, and all the unique Robin traits of the character that were not scripted, were created by Burt himself as his contribution to the legendary role of the Robin character. When he first met Burt, Executive Producer, William Dozier, commented about Ward’s tall size in comparison to Adam West, and the new Boy Wonder prospect replied, “I promise you, sir, I won’t grow anymore.” Dozier laughed and told Burt that he would hold him to that.
It wasn’t until six weeks after the screen test that Burt learned that he had won the coveted role of Robin, the Boy Wonder in the new “Batman” TV series for ABC-TV. He was everything they wanted. All he had to do was just be himself.
Batman Was an Overnight Sensation!
Biff, Bam, Boom! The Ratings Soared!
Burt and Adam West made hundreds of personal appearances together and were featured in dozens of magazine articles, including the cover of Life magazine.
Years later, when accepting Harvard’s “Man of the Year” award, Burt brought one of his original Robin costumes, even then valued at six figures. Some students came up to him dressed as security guards and told him they would keep the costume safe. Then, in the middle of Burt’s speech, one student stood up and asked, “When is a costume not a costume? When it’s stolen.” The lights dimmed and the students grabbed the costume and made off. After snapping photos with one another in the cape, they later called Ward and gave the costume back. The ringleader of the gang? Harvard Lampoon editor, Conan O’Brien.
Burt Ward’s career in the years since Batman has been productive and rewarding. In 1985, DC Comics named Burt as one of the honorees in their 50th Anniversary publication “Fifty Who Made DC Great” for his work as Robin.
From “Caped Crusader” to “Canine Crusader”
In 1994, Burt and his wife, Tracy Posner Ward, philanthropist (and daughter of billionaire industrialist and philanthropist, Victor Posner), rescued a Great Dane in distress. From this experience, they learned about dozens of other Great Danes also needing homes. When they called weeks later to see what had happened to the others, they was horrified to hear that they had all been destroyed. Both Burt and Tracy have a huge love for animals. They made a decision, and created a rescue for Great Danes and other giant dog breeds.
Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles, Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions is a non-profit charity created by Burt and Tracy. Gentle Giants has rescued and adopted more than 15,500 giant breed and small breed dogs during their 23 years of operation. All of their dogs are socialized and behaviorally trained, and live communally together in their home. Gentle Giants is now the largest giant breed dog rescue in the world and rescues and finds homes for 45 different dog breeds, ranging from 2 lbs. to 300 lbs.
Traditionally, giant breed dogs usually have short lifespans, living 6-8 years or 7-9 years, depending upon the breed. Spending millions of dollars of their own money and more than a decade of rescuing and adopting, research and testing, and combining their special care and feeding program with their own all natural Gentle Giants dog food, Burt and Tracy have successfully doubled the average lifespan of their rescued giant breed dogs, and significantly lengthened the average lifespan of their rescued small and medium breed dogs as well, with dogs living as long as 27 active, healthy years.
Gentle Giants Products manufacturers all natural Gentle Giants dog food, both dry food and canned food, which is sold in more than 1,250 stores in California, and in 339 Walmart Supercenters in Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Florida. Gentle Giants dog food is sold nationally through mail order on Chewy.com, Walmart.com, and Amazon.com. In California, Gentle Giants is sold in Walmart Supercenters, Stater Bros. Markets, Ralphs Grocery Stores, and Gelson’s Supermarkets.
Gentle Giants has a spectacular new line of wet (canned) dog food, with 90% Beef, 90% Chicken, 90% Salmon, and 90% Turkey & Liver. Each entrée has eight (8) fruits and vegetables, all certified Non GMO (do not contain genetically modified organisms) Gentle Giants Products also has a new line of super premium dog supplements and super premium dog treats.
The Caped Crusader has truly evolved into the Canine Crusader.
Creator, Host & NYT Bestselling Author of “Nerdy Nummies”
New York Times bestselling author and award-winning online personality Rosanna Pansino is the creator and host of the Internet’s most popular baking show, Nerdy Nummies. With more than 4.8 million subscribers, and over 1 billion total video views, Rosanna has quickly become one of the top three most watched female influencers on YouTube.
Elise Strachan, Founder of MyCupcakeAddiction
Elise Strachan created the wildly successful My Cupcake Addiction brand as a way to bring her over the top ideas and accessible approach to all things sweet. With over 10 Million followers around the world, Elise aims to make life just a little bit sweeter through food, fun and fabulous at-home entertaining.
An Australian who divides her time between the Gold Coast and Los Angeles, Elise has an impressive background as a trained pastry chef. Her engaging character and ability to break down seemingly impossible creations into simple bite-size steps has her revolutionizing the way everyday people entertain.
This mother of two will show you everything from how to bake it, craft it and style it up to create the ultimate festive occasion, with time, kid-friendly & money saving tips along the way. Elise shares her most dazzling and delicious dessert recipes and ingenious entertaining tips in her new cookbook Sweet! Celebrations out this October. You too can throw the perfect party!
Decorating Competitions and Retailers
See the best decorated cookies, cakes and dessert tables from Southern California’s finest amateur and professional sugar artists. Competition applications open in the fall. Decorators and bakers will enjoy an unprecedented selection of shopping from retailers from all over the country.
Delicious Samples and Fun Programming
Whether you love to bake or just to eat, you’ll enjoy an abundant selection of sweet bites, beverages, spirits and delicious surprises from local and national brands. There’s something for everyone: traditional, vegan, gluten-free and more, plus FIVE stages and classrooms for Traditional Baking, Vegan/Gluten-Free/Paleo Baking, Cake Decorating, Cookie Decorating, and our Celebrity Guests!
Special Saturday Surprise
Watch “Cake Masters” on Food Network to see the amazing cake Duff Goldman and his team at Charm City Cakes made for our lucky Saturday attendees!
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