2016 Cooking for Kids Bake Sale and Taste-Off Benefits DC Public Schools

WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday, March 14, numerous downtown DC law firms competed in the Washington Lawyers’ Committee’s 2016 Cooking for Kids Bake Sale and Taste-Off competition.

This year’s Bake Sale and Taste-Off again raised thousands of dollars to support academic enrichment activities for students at DC public schools throughout the city, including those in educational partnerships with law firms participating in the Committee’s D.C. Public School Partnership Program.

The Program, which provides tutoring, mentoring and other supportive services that benefit more than 10,000 DC public school students annually at 52 DC public schools, is one of several Projects of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee.

This year’s judges for the Taste-Off competition were distinguished culinary experts Executive Chef Frank Ruta and Pastry Chef Aggie Chin of The Grill Room at the Capella Hotel in Georgetown; and Alex Kramer, Owner and Chef of Dos Gringos Café in Mount Pleasant.

Many thanks to all law firms, bakers, purchasers, and judges who participated in this year’s successful event!

2016 Cooking for Kids-Taste-Off group photo 3.14.16

2016 Cooking for Kids Taste-Off Judges 3.14.16

2016 Cooking for Kids-Taste-Off Cookies 3.14.16


2016 Cooking for Kids Taste-Off Results

Best Cake

1. Fudge-glazed Peanut Butter Cake, baked by Myra Pavlick at McDermott Will & Emery

1. Carrot Cake Cupcake, created by Jamie Vergis at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

3. Chocolate Cherry Cake, baked by Debra Rich at Pierce Atwood LLP

Best Pie

1. Spiced Bourbon Apple Pie, baked by Katherine Gasztonyi at Hogan Lovells US LLP

2. Blackberry Pie, baked by Amy Marcos at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

3. Sweet Potato Pecan Pie, created by David Matyas at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.

Best Cookie

1. Linzer Torte Cookie, baked by Robert Rouse at McDermott Will & Emery

2. Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie, baked by Elizabeth Carder at Reed Smith LLP

3. Italian Fig Cookie, baked by David Matyas at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.


For more information about the Committee and its D.C. Public School Partnership Program, click here.

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