Miami foodies know Hedy Goldsmith as the Magic City's dessert queen, Michael's Genuine Food & Drink's pastry chef extraordinaire, and creator of mouthwatering twists on childhood favorites like chocolate peanut-butter brownie banana splits, s'more brownies, and buttered-popcorn gelato.
But besides her role as the 305's sweets sovereign, Goldsmith is also committed to charitable causes. When Michael Schwartz introduced her to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), she was moved.
The charity was the brainchild of Alexandra Scott, a victim of childhood cancer who, at age 4, decided to start a lemonade stand to raise money to help other kids like herself. Alex passed away at the age of 8, but not before helping to raise more than $1 million to fight cancers such as the one that took her life. Her family continues to work in her stead.
"After participating in my first Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation event, I was so incredibly moved by the undeniable enthusiasm and sense of support for such a devastating disease that affects children at what should be the best time of their lives. I was also extremely impressed by the leadership of the foundation, starting with Alex's mom, Liz Scott," Goldsmith says.
As she became more involved, Goldsmith decided to dream up her own event to help the cause. And Sweet Miami Lemonade was born.
Courtesy of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
At the event, scheduled for November 1 at Marlins Park, stadium chefs will prepare dessert treats paired with signature cocktails from Goldsmith's upcoming debut cookbook, Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts With Big Flavors. For the $150 ticket price, attendees will also have access to four VIP suites and the chance to bid on an assortment of goodies. The event is limited to 200 guests.
"What better way to bring attention to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation than with dessert? It's everyone's favorite thing to eat, from kids through adults! With the launch of my new cookbook, I thought it was a great idea to also bring awareness to the cause through a Pop-Tart, an Oreo, or even Nutter Butters."
So what kind of sweet treats will lucky attendees indulge in?
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"Well, if I really have to give away my surprises, then we will definitely be having Nutters, Snickers, s'mores brownies, 'twinks' (my version of Twinkies), biscotti, and my favorite cookie, 'Junk in da Trunk,' just to name a few!" Goldsmith assures.
Sweet Miami Lemonade kicks off Thursday, November 1, at Marlins Park. Tickets cost $150 each, and all proceeds benefit ALSF. They can be purchased online at alexslemonade.org.