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Thursday
May142009

Sweet Fancy: Pinkies-Out Desserts at the Four Seasons

Totally sweet!
Truth: I don't often eat fancy food. It's true--perhaps it comes from a lack of culture (I am from New Jersey, after all), but usually I'd rather have a really good brownie or chocolate chip cookie instead of an ile flottante or a dessert served with a reduction of anything.

But I must say that after a recent visit to the Four Seasons in Seattle for a special event, I was most impressed by the fancy--but delicious--desserts by pastry chef Ryan Witcher. He's worked at some pretty fancy places and his skill is apparent, but he is completely friendly and accessible. His personality shows through in the desserts, which are pinkies-out fancy but with tongue in cheek touches like a Parisian-style macaron flavored like a snickers bar, or truffle "pops" fancied up with strawberry and basil. But enough talk--let's get to the sweetness:

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Here are the Strawberry Basil Truffle Pops and homemade Rocher;

 

Desserts at Four Seasons
In the foreground here, you see the "Snickers" macarons, then Apple Almond Tarts, then 
Strawberry-Rhubarb Bubble Tea with Basil Tapioca (kind of a take on bubble tea);

Sweet!
Strawberry-Fennel Panna Cotta (which, like, levitated! OMG!);

Macaroons and mini tarts

Coconut macaroons and Passion Fruit-Raspberry Tarts;

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and finally, Florentines with Eastern Washington Sage Honey. 
Moreover, mos' def the stuff of sweet dreams.


Though these items were made for a special event and might not be on the menu daily, you can sample pastry chef Ryan Witcher's creations at ART Restaurant, 99 Union Street, Seattle; online at artrestaurantseattle.com.

 

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Reader Comments (10)

Those bubble teas look pretty rad. Did you have a favorite dessert?

May 16 | Unregistered Commenterwix

Heaven.

May 16 | Unregistered Commenterchou

I loved the Snickers macarons! They were not too sweet, which is my complaint with most macarons--they were nicely balanced, LIGHTLY salted, and just about perfect in every way!

May 16 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

I'm with you - I prefer really good versions of a classic to something super fancy. That said, I think I would have happily devoured one (or two) of each of those desserts!

May 17 | Unregistered CommenterDana

wow, they look so beautiful!! how creative! i think the snickers macarons are my fave :)

May 17 | Unregistered CommenterDoe Baby

How is the panna cotta levitating?! That just blew my mind. For real.

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterDana

Dana: Yup, it's nice to be impressed by something you're usually not into, isn't it?

Doe baby: Mine too!

Dana: I believe it involved using a wafer of thin white chocolate which was "absorbed" by the panna cotta but allowed it to float like that.

OR--for a more fun answer: MAGIC!

May 18 | Unregistered CommenterCakespy

Looks so good and mini!

WOW. Crazy beautiful display... that bubble tea sounds awesome, and i love the look of the truffle pops...

May 30 | Unregistered Commenterlyndsay

love this blog

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