Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Accurso's had the sweetest thing at The Pitch's Sugar Rush

Posted By on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Sugar Rush was a celebration of all things sweet.
Accurso's owner, Anthony Accurso, knew that he needed an edge to compete in The Pitch's Sugar Rush, held February 27 at the Guild. So he called in his secret weapon: his grandmother.

Angel Barelli opened her kitchen last week to the restaurant's two chefs, Michael Clough and Joseph Jackson, and showed them how to make her recipe for sour-cream-topped, New York-style cheesecake. Jackson added a Concord-grape reduction and a peanut-butter cream sauce (and put honey in the sour cream) for his new version of the dessert.

(Left) Joseph Jackson, Patrick Moylan, Anthony Accurso and Michael Clough celebrate their win.
  • Anthony Accurso
  • (Left) Joseph Jackson, Patrick Moylan, Anthony Accurso and Michael Clough celebrate their win.
Clough and Jackson also worked up a s'mores dessert (a brownie with marshmallow meringue, a tempered chocolate bar and graham-cracker streusel) and a flourless chocolate cake topped with a mascarpone-pear sauce and a piece of salted peanut brittle. Together, the three desserts earned Accurso's top honors at Sugar Rush.

"We did our best to make a show out of it," Accurso says. "To get first place, our first time out, we were pretty proud."

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