The iconic, upscale community of Beverly Hills, Calif., will be celebrating its 100th birthday this weekend on Rodeo Drive with a “Block Party” in which will be featured the unveiling of a larger-than-life chocolate cake that should feed plenty of guests – about 15,000 to be precise. The party is scheduled for Sunday but the cake has been long in the making.
The Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, the only hotel on Beverly Hills’ famous “Walk of Style,” announced in January that they had partnered with Guittard Chocolate Company’s executive pastry chef, Donald Wressell, to present the city and thousands of its guests with a birthday cake to celebrate Beverly Hills’ centennial birthday party.
Beverly Hills is best known for its residents’ lavish lifestyles and world-class shopping and dining establishments. Several of these restaurants, including Spago, Polo Lounge, Sprinkles, and Montage to name a few,will be providing food in a Taste of Beverly Hills with a portion of the proceeds going to the community’s charitable foundation. The 100th Birthday Party Celebration in Beverly Hills will also have plenty of cake for dessert.
The cake, itself will stand 10-feet-high, be 15-feet-wide, 20-feet-long, and weigh about 4,000 pounds. The cake will have 700 pounds of chocolate and an additional metric ton of ingredients going into the massive confection, along with a host of additional chefs putting in the labor. Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse claims it will be the largest chocolate cake in the world.
The cake is expected to serve the estimated 15,000 people or more who should be attending the block party on Sunday. The cake will be modeled after the Beverly Hills City Tower and surrounding buildings. It is rumored that the cake is kosher but, unfortunately, it will not be gluten-free.
The baking, or more appropriately, the construction of the cake will be completed on site as several separate segments of the cake, which are being prepared in a commissary in nearby Culver City, are carefully delivered in parts to the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel party site one by one before being served to guests, compliments of the hotel.
The event is taking place from 3:30 p.m. to about 8:00 p.m. and will occupy the 200, 300, and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive. The party will feature the cake, along with carnival games, two four-story Ferris wheels, entertainment, a 20-piece band, and a fireworks grand finale to wrap things up. It is promised there will also be plenty of surprises.
Beverly Hills officially recognizes April 24th as its day of independence because that is the day in 1923 when residents of Beverly Hills voted down annexation into the City of Los Angeles after having their own community established for nearly a decade.
It is not clear how long the impressive cake will be on display before being cut into pieces to be served to the discerning palates of Beverly Hills, but communities such as this are few and far between, and it will only celebrate its 100th birthday once. There should be plenty of photograph opportunities before the cake is all gone.
By Joseph Porter