Let Them Eat Cake 2018

Let Them Eat Cake: Make Waves

Thank you to everyone who made the SOLD OUT 13th annual Let Them Eat Cake a huge success! With your help, we raised nearly $115,000 for safe, personalized care for individuals and families.

Stay tuned for the 2019 date for the 14th annual Let Them Eat Cake!

Event photos on Flickr


The Midwife Center's 13th annual fundraiser party and cake contest

Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00pm | VIP Champagne Reception & Dinner | Sold out.
8:00pm | Cake Reception | Sold out.

Hotel Monaco
620 William Penn Pl, Pittsburgh, PA 15219


Let Them Eat Cake raises critical funds for The Midwife Center's programs and services that make personalized reproductive care accessible to all.

This year's theme: Make Waves
From the refreshment of a cool drink to the pleasure of listening to a summer’s rainstorm, from the smallest of streams to the world’s great oceans, this year’s theme highlights the beauty and power of water in all of its forms. This year's cakes will be inspired by this theme.

8:00pm | Cake Reception | $75
Sold out.
Enjoy the decorated cake gallery in Hotel Monaco's stunning foyer and a cake tasting featuring underwater-themed cakes by the region's best bakers and decorators. Plus a fabulous silent auction, hors d'oeuvres, refreshments from the bar, and more!

6:00pm | VIP Champagne Reception & Dinner | $175
Sold out.
Join us in Hotel Monaco's beautiful ballroom for a champagne toast and hors d'oeuvres followed by a plated dinner from the culinary team at The Commoner. After dark, join us for the Cake Reception.


Getting there and parking: The closest paid parking garage is Mellon Square Garage. Hotel Monaco also offers paid valet parking. There are a number of bus lines that run close to the hotel; please check out the Port Authority website for details. There are Healthy Ride bike share stations (map) within blocks of the hotel.


Cakes by:
Bella Christie and Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique
Emmalee's Sweet Dreams
Petals & Pastries
Happy Camper Cakes
Gabrielle’s Custom Baked Goods
Queen of Tarts Bake Shoppe
Parties and Pops
Sunny Bridge Natural Foods
Gluten Free by Melanie Leigh
LA Cakes and Cookies
Helena Nichols
Mindi McDowell
Denise & Rory Rightmyer
Dana Corbin
Jennifer Marshall
Abby Carr & Emily Roser
Elena Trbovic
Lauren Narbey

VIP Dinner Host Committee
Tacy Byham, Ph.D, Chair
Janice Anderson, MD & Pat Downey
Christine Andrews, MD
Jane S. Barnes & Charity J. Imbrie
Vivian & Bill Benter
Nancy Bernstein
Bill & Carolyn Byham
Carter Byham
Spencer Byham-Carson
Debra Caplan & David Levenson, MD
Verna Corey, ScD
Jennifer Cox-Siegel
Patricia Documet
Congressman Mike Doyle
Dr. Daniel Edelstone
Nancy Eligator, MD
Ebe Emmons
Cathy Finch
Andrea & Jeff Fitting
County Executive Rich Fitzgerald
Representative Dan Frankel
Susan Frietsche
Kathleen & G. Ryin Gaines
Dinnie Goldring
Kelsey Halling
Mike & Evonne Henry
Lilla Hillman
Sara Innamorato
Chris & Tom Kobus
Anne Marie Kuchera
Tory Kulli
Scott & Sue Lammie
Kelly Martin
Denise McMorrow, Ph.D
Eileen Minnock, MS, CNM, retired
Reshma Paranjpe, MD
Nora & Arnie Peace
Lisa M. Pellow
Cathy Raphael
Representative Adam Ravenstahl
Lynne Reder
Nancy Reese
Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal
Cecile & Eric Springer
Lisa K. Stauffer
Brigid Sullivan
Betsy & Tom Teti
Sarah Trbovic

Silent Auction Chair
Kathleen Gaines

Expert contest judges
Angelique Bamberg, City Paper
Victoria Bradley-Morris, Editor in Chief, TABLE
Frank Locante, Penzeys Spices
Chef William M. Racin, CEPC, Duquesne Club, American Culinary Federation Pastry Chef of the Year 2018
Jason Roth, City Paper
Arthi Subramaniam, Food Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Briana "Bree" White, Breelicious Bites, New Pittsburgh Courier, & The Soul Pitt
Chef Don Winkie, Eighty Acres Kitchen & Bar

Get ready for our fabulous silent auction chaired by Kathleen Gaines

Food, Drinks, and Restaurants

Bar Marco
Pittsburgh Winery
Black Radish Kitchen
DiAnoia's Eatery
big Burrito
Eat’n Park Hospitality Group
Le Mont
Round Corner Cantina
The Carlton
Harris Grill
Legume Bistro
Park Bruges
Threadbare Cider House
Lawrenceville Distilling Co.
Arsenal Cider House & Wine Cellar
Boyd & Blair
Building New Hope
Olive and Marlowe
Athenaeum Hotel


Artist and Craftsman Supply
Concept Art Gallery
Evolve Modern Hairdressing
Levana Bratique
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library
Songbird Artistry
Tula Organic Salon & Spa
Una Biologicals
Ten Thousand Villages
Flatboat Traders

Museums and Shows

Andy Warhol Museum
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Contemporary Craft
Mattress Factory Museum
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Carnegie Mellon School of Drama
City Theatre Company
Kelly Strayhorn Theater
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Pittsburgh Opera
Pittsburgh Playhouse
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Prime Stage Theatre
Quantum Theatre
Texture Contemporary Ballet
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Services and Recreation

Allison McGeary Florist
3 Lakes Golf Course
One Point One Yoga
Harmony Pilates & Gyrotonic
Pittsburgh Center for Complimentary Health & Healing
Pittsburgh FIT
Ru Emmons, LMT
Schoolhouse Yoga
Touchstone Pilates
Alison Popivchak, RYT - Integrative Yoga Therapy
Centre Ave Massage
Seven Springs
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
The Priory Hotel
Hampton Inn and Suites Pittsburgh Downtown
Hotel Monaco
Shadyside Inn Suites

Wine and other gifts from generous donors:

Peace Dental
The Mallak Family
Bob Strauss
Frank Locante
Jason Roth
Anne Marie Kuchera
Denise McMorrow
Gavin Deming
Bill, Carolyn, and Tacy Byham

From the refreshment of a cool drink to the pleasure of listening to a summer’s rainstorm, from the smallest of streams to the world’s great oceans, this year’s theme highlights the beauty and power of water in all of its forms. Bakers and decorators will create cakes inspired by this theme. This could include:

- Any and all representations of water and bodies of water, including oceans, seas, ponds, rivers, and more.
- Animals, plants, and other things found in water or in relationship to water, both real and imaginary, underwater life and ecosystems
- The movement and power of water, the enchantment of water, the healing nature of water

Participating bakers and decorators: See the rules, guidelines, and contest info here.

Why "Make Waves?"

Let Them Eat Cake has never had a water or underwater theme before, and we are excited to see what bakers and decorators create for this theme. Secondly, each year we try to connect the theme to The Midwife Center and in this case, the theme connects to water birth. Last year, The Midwife Center was very excited to become one of the only practices in the region to offer the option of water birth with its expanded facility. We are proud to be able to offer this evidence-based comfort measure that features the benefits of water.

We also appreciate the active, powerful feel of “Make Waves.” We believe in the power of individuals and families to make informed choices about their health care, including their births. And finally, as the only birth center in Western PA, we and our supporters are making waves by transforming what care looks like for individuals and families.

Thank you to our sponsors

Download our sponsorship packet (PDF).

Wellness for All

Nancy Bernstein
Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Ms. Dodi Walker Gross
Ebe Emmons

With Woman Fridays

Janice Anderson & Pat Downey

Nancy Reese

Educate & Inspire

Jane S. Barnes & Charity J. Imbrie
Verna Corey, ScD
Andrea & Jeff Fitting

Kathleen & G. Ryin Gaines
Dinnie Goldring
Cathy Raphael
The Rust Foundation
Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal
Jeannette South-Paul, MD & Michael Paul, MD

Piece of Cake
Cake Pop

Adagio Health
Alpha connecTEL
Congressman Mike Doyle
Doug Stradley
Fahringer, McCarty, Grey, Inc.
Gateway Health
Jason M. Roth, Architect
Just Harvest
Meyer, Unkovic, & Scott
Palo Alto Partners
Pittsburgh Doula Network
Professional Liability Agency & Risk Transfer Advisors
Rothschild Doyno Collaborative
Shining Light Prenatal Education
Shirali Family
Touchstone Pilates
University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
in support of the Ruth Brexendorf Stifel Fellowship

Cake above by:
Kaylie Carini of Hyeholde Restaurant
Cake photos by Andy Johanson Photography


If you have any questions about Let Them Eat Cake or would like to learn more about sponsoring the event, please contact Rachel Dingfelder, Development & Communications Manager at r.dingfelder@midwifecenter.org

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