The Frosting on the (Filipino) Cake: A Family Carries on Their Matriarch’s Dessert Legacy

Saturday, January 12, 2013 @ 10:00am

Event Info


$5; $3 for students; free for CHC members and Kendall students and faculty


Kendall College

900 N. North Branch Street





Culinary Historians of Chicago

This event will be recorded for WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified.

If Philippine food and culture is a mystery to most of us, then Filipino desserts are a best kept secret.

Join us for a look at some sweet ethnic history as Maribel (Delia) Anama talks about the influence her baking maven mother, Gloria, had on her while she was growing up in the Philippines. It was her mother’s influence that led her to a career in baking, ultimately becoming an entrepreneur, opening her own sweet tooth emporium in Park Ridge. Delia will give us a look at the Philippine baking industry of years ago, its evolution, and what Filipino desserts and delicacies are like. And to prove that she is not sugarcoating the facts, Delia will bring Filipino rice cakes for us to sample.

For the last 20 years, Delia Anama has been creating a sweet storm, working for such renowned places as Long Grove Confectionery Company, Panera Bread, Mrs. Fields, Long Grove Confectionery, Let Them Eat Cake, and Turano Baking Company, before realizing her dream and opening her own shop, Mrs. A. Cupcakes@the Pickwick, in Park Ridge.