UXBRIDGE: Recently, I had the privilege of attending the making of the world's biggest butter tart. The event was the brainchild of Chef Marco Cassano, executive chef and owner of Annina's Bakeshop, located in Goodwood, Ontario.
The purpose of the event was to raise funds for the Children's Wish Foundation. The foundation's mission is to provide children, with life threatening illnesses, the opportunity to realize their most heartfelt wish. To learn more about this organization you can visit their website, at www.childrenswish.ca.
Chef Cassano is a big supporter of this charity, having hosted several fundraising events in their honour. Often, the past events where held in the winter, so in an effort to embrace warmer weather he decided to hold this event in September.
Frequently, children who apply to the Children's Wish Foundation have dreams that seem impossible, but with the help of many volunteers and some innovative brainstorming, success can be achieved. Chef Cassano's butter tart benefited from the same resourcefulness.
A huge outdoor oven needed to be designed and constructed, on the spot, to bake the tart in. A local company stepped up to the challenge. A vast amount of ingredients needed to be assembled and kept at the right temperature. Olympic Wholesale donated a refrigerated truck, as well as organized donations of ingredients, from their various suppliers.
Volunteers where needed to prepare and assemble the butter tart. Several students and staff from Durham College joined the volunteer crew. The Standard's own, Tamara Green, who is also attending Durham College's Culinary Art's program, jumped at the opportunity to be involved. She and others, dressed in protective full body suits, climbed into the tart pan, inside the oven, and rolled out the crust.
Last but not least, customers where needed to purchase the final product, the proceeds of which would go to the Children's Wish Foundation.
Many others where on hand to volunteer, provide moral support, to watch history in the baking, and of course to eat butter tarts!
The whole event was documented for the Guiness Book of World Records. It is uncertain how long it will take to hear back from the organization, as to whether or not Annina's butter tart made it onto the world record list.
But no matter what their decision is, the final result was a really 'sweet' way to raise funds for a worthy cause.
Congratulations Chef Cassano and Annina's Bake shop for hosting such a delicious event and raising over $3,000 for the Children's Wish Foundation!
For more photos and video of the event go online to www.thestandardnewspaper.ca.