I first want to write a few lines about an amazing man I met way back in August, at Deborah Peterson’s Pantry Foodways Symposium–a gathering of 18th century food enthusiasts (because that’s how I roll). Niel V. De Marino had a vendor’s booth set up displaying the most gorgeous cakes I had ever seen–all from 18th century recipes.
I tried to convince Neil to open a stand at the Brooklyn Flea, but he seemed unconvinced there was a market for 200 year old cake in New York City. I disagree. He has no website, so the only way to contact (and commission) him is by phone. His info is at left.
I sampled some of his cakes on site, and snapped a few photos–bear with me on the quality of the images, they’re cell phone pics.
These were filled with some sort of rose petal jam.