Democratic National Convention Desserts
Strawberry-Red Wine Sorbet with Crushed Meringue
Brown-Butter Crêpes with Nutella and Jam
For Barack Obama
For dessert, Jennifer Jasinski of Denver’s Rioja and Bistro Vendôme would send the Democratic presidential nominee to another Denver favorite, Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza on Larimer Street. “I’ve been told Obama likes pizza,” she says, “I enjoyed a pizza at Marco’s that they bake with Nutella in the center.” Sadly F&W has no recipes for Nutella pizza, but these crispy-edged Brown-Butter Crêpes with Nutella and Jam come close.
Dried Cherry Compote with Shortbread and Mascarpone
For Michelle Obama
While the Ritz-Carlton in Denver will be serving convention guests shortbread cookies made from the potential future First Lady’s own recipe, chef Jennifer Jasinski would love to serve the woman herself Rioja’s version from pastry chef Eric Dale: lemon-anise shortbread-cookie sandwiches with Colorado honey ice cream and black mission figs. In F&W’s version, anise-scented shortbread cookies provide a crumbly, buttery accompaniment for a rich compote of dried cherries.
For Hillary Clinton
“Since she’s rumored to be a chocolate lover, I think she’d like our s’mores pot de crème with organic house-made graham crackers and homemade marshmallows,” says chef Jennifer Jasinski. Whether New York Senator or regular citizen, chocolate lovers may also take to F&W’s semifreddo s’mores with marshmallow fluff ice cream and salted milk-chocolate sauce.
For Bill Clinton
What would Rioja chef Jennifer Jasinski serve the 42st President for dessert? “No question: pastry chef Eric Dale’s signature homemade doughnuts with raspberry-mascarpone filling,” she says. “They’re the talk of the town for Sunday brunch!” Raspberry jam is the perfect accompaniment for F&W’s fluffy bomboloni, a fancy Italian name for donut holes.