A lot of people have asked about what it was like to have worked with Ron Ben-Israel and all I can say is that I am just an enthralled with this man today as I was…gosh…I think in high school or college, when I first laid eyes on his cakes and heard about how amazing they tasted. I saw him on television with Martha Stewart and his cakes not only looked beautiful, but the fact that Martha was raving about how delicious they tasted always stayed in my memory.
I know that I should have put this post up months ago, but another website had wanted to buy a freelance story from me first, so I couldn’t post here till after they did, but since they don’t need the article right now, here’s the scoop on my site :).
Because we weren’t having any guests at the wedding and not having a wedding reception, Patrick suggested that we get a wedding cake for the bachelor/bachelorette party since a Ron Ben-Israel cake was the one thing I knew I wanted if I ever got married. He listens to me it turns out.
We felt very fortunate, and Ron’s assistant was the loveliest woman and got us in as soon as she could since it was such short notice.
Now, I don’t know if you guys know or not, but I get very nervous around food celebrities. When I worked at this restaurant when I was in high school and college, movie stars would come in to eat, but I was able to talk just fine. However, put me in front of a food industry person that I admire and somehow my vocal chords stop working.
When we got to his office building in Soho, I could’ve sworn I heard Ron’s voice on the intercom, but dismissed it, thinking that he wouldn’t be in the office. But then when he opened the door, I took a step back and Patrick says that my first words were, “What are you doing here???” Needless to say, not my most graceful entrance.
However, Patrick could tell I was nervous after that, so did most of the talking for us. Ron was very professional, humorous and delightful, while I was pretty much just freaking out on the inside. I felt like the Pillsbury Dough Boy was in my tummy giggling non-stop. At some point I gathered enough courage to somehow take out an apron from my bag and have him sign in. Yes, I’m pretty sure everyone in the office found it a bit strange that I carried around an apron in case he was there, my now-husband included.
To start the process he had us tag off cakes that we liked in a book, and what was amazing was that we went in having no clue what we wanted, and within 30 minutes, he had designed a wedding cake and a groom’s cake based on bits and pieces of what we liked from the other cakes.
I would also like to mention that Patrick’s groom cake was bigger than our wedding cake. Apparently he had found his dream wedding cake while we were there.
Everything was absolutely delicious and people were asking for seconds and for pieces to take home to share with their families. I feel like a lot of the time, people forget what the wedding cakes tasted like after they leave a reception, but it really wasn’t the case with Ron’s.
We tasted vanilla cakes, almond cakes and chocolate cakes. We ended up going with a white, floral cascade wedding cake with vanilla cake, blood orange, passion fruit with lime and blackberry fillings.
The groom’s cake was chocolate with Grand Marnier and had lightly chunky peanut butter and cookies ‘n’ cream fillings. I can’t even tell you how obsessed I was with the vanilla cake with blood orange filling. It was so delicious.
One note: One of the reasons we wanted to go with this company is because of their sugar work. It is absolutely exquisite. Everyone that saw the cakes at the bachelor/bachelorette party assumed that they were real flowers. So much that it got to the point that I would start off by tell people that it was all edible. I saved whatever flowers weren’t eaten and they are displayed next to a Goddess of Mercy statue in our home.
We didn’t save the top of the cake because we just felt that good food is meant to be eaten. So we ate them. Also, we figured that we will probably just make it tradition to get a Ron Ben-Israel cake for our future anniversaries.
If you are planning your wedding right now, I would highly recommend going with Ron Ben-Israel. I couldn’t recommend them enough to be honest. Thinking back, I don’t think I would have been as happy with the cakes if I had someone else make them. They just wouldn’t have measured up to the quality in visuals and taste when you go with Ron Ben-Israel.
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And I’m just throwing in a gratuitous picture from our wedding because I don’t really know what else to use them for except to show our moms.