Most creative dessert: Josh Short of Buzz in Alexandria decorated his chocolate, vanilla, and red-velvet cupcakes to look like different breeds of dogs.
Least creative dessert: Hook pastry chef Heather Chittum’s walnut wedding cookies. They were good but similar to what you can get at most bakeries these days.
Most refined dessert: The Meyer-lemon petite gâteau from 2941, with its translucent dried lemon slice, hazelnut crunchies, coffee emulsion, and light-as-air lemon mousse.
Best grownups-only dessert: Taberna del Alabardero’s strawberries, set upright on trays of sugar and filled with Champagne and tiny chocolate chunks.
Biggest hazard of attending a pets-welcome event: Getting your leg humped by someone else’s dog while you’re waiting to pay for the valet parking.
Biggest hazard for the dogs who attended: Having mama put a boa around your neck.
Most harrowing moment: When the emcees announced that poor little Burt the dog had been separated from his owners.
Biggest reason to be thankful: That someone didn’t decide to bring a cat or ferret.
Biggest disappointment: Many of the desserts and drinks were tapped out by 9, even though the event was supposed to last until 10.
Most useful tip for organizers: Considering the lines at Indique’s table—the only one serving savory food—and the way the cheese plates were ravished, a few more dinnerlike options would be a great idea for next year.
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