Let Them Eat Cake 2019

Save the date for the 2019 Let Them Eat Cake

"Once Upon a Time"
Friday, October 18, 2019
Hotel Monaco

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VIP Dinner Host Committee tickets will go on sale soon. Learn about joining the Host Committee.

VIP and Cake Reception tickets on sale this summer.

8:00pm | Cake Reception
Enjoy the decorated cake gallery in Hotel Monaco's stunning foyer and a cake tasting featuring 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
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.

Check out photos from last year's event, "Make Waves," on Flickr


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.


VIP Dinner Host Committee
As of October 1, 2019

Valerie McDonald-Roberts, Chair


Allen Place Community Service

Carlos Ainsworth & Adrian P. Smith

 Dr. Janice Anderson & Pat Downey

Dr. Christine Andrews

Vivian & Bill Benter 

Nancy Bernstein

Deb Caplan

Verna Corey, ScD

Jen Cox-Siegel

Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Ms. Dodi Walker Gross

Dr. Nancy Eligator

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald

Jason & Lindsay Flinn

Representative Dan Frankel

Dinnie Goldring

Sheree Goldstein

Kesley Halling

Lilla Hillman

Lynn Hyde 

Chris & Tom Kobus

Victoria Kulli

Kelli A. Martin

Denise McMorrow, PhD

Brittani Murray

Nora Peace

Cathy Raphael

Representative Adam Ravenstahl

Lynne Reder

Nancy Reese 

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal 

Megan Sanders

Alicia Schisler

Dr. Jeanette South-Paul & Michael Paul

Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew

Cecile and Eric Springer

 Sarah Starr and Matthew Starr

Lisa Stauffer

Brigid Sullivan 

Betsy Teti


This year's theme is "Once Upon a Time." Local bakers and decorators will be asked to create amazing cakes inspired by children's literature.We hope our participants are inspired by their youthful favorites to create a cake that highlights the humor, creativity, and brillance of children's literature. This could include cakes inspired by a specific children's book or author, cakes reflecting beloved characters or scenes from popular stories,or cakes representing the beauty of readers, books, and libraries.

The Rules and Guidelines, Application, and Registration for bakers and decorators who are interested can be accessed by the link below.

Rules and Guidelines 


Check out photos from last year's Let Them Eat Cake, "Make Waves" on Flickr.

Thank you to our sponsors

Wellness for All

Nancy Bernstein 

Square Cafe & My Goodness

With Woman Fridays

 Janice Anderson, MD & Pat Downey

Vivian & Bill Benter

Dr. Daniel Edelstone & Ms. Dodi Walker Gross


Educate & Inspire

 Jane Barnes & Charity Imbrie

Verna Corey, ScD

Dinnie Goldring

Lilla Hillman

Chris & Tom Kobus

Cathy Raphael

The Rust Foundation 

Judy Ruszkowski & Ken Regal

Dr. Jeanette South-Paul & Michael Paul 

Betsy Teti

United Steelworkers

Janis & James Zentner

Piece of Cake

Frank Locante

East End Co-op



Cake Pop

Birth Doulas of Pittsburgh

Chatham University Women's Institute

Evergreen Facility Services

Fahringer, McCarty, Grey, Inc.

Jason Roth Architect

Kimicata Brothers, Inc

La Escuelita Arcoiris

Northwestern Mutual 

PLA Insurance Services

Pittsburgh Doulas Newtwork 

Representative Dan Frankel 

Ruzomberka Holland Renk Smith

Shining Light Prenatal


University of Pittsburgh

Wall to Wall Studios

The Women & Girls Foundation

Rothschild Donyo Collaborative

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 Ceree Wilkerson, Development & Communications Manager at c.wilkerson@midwifecenter.org

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