The Wednesday evening event, which was co-
sponsored by the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Riverdale Jewish Center, Young Israel of
Riverdale and Young Israel of North Riverdale, drew approximately 30 women, many of whom
brought their daughters. All watched in rapt attention as renowned pastry chef Gitti Allman
demonstrated her skill with frosting and fondant.
Ms. Allman patiently demonstrated her techniques, and offered many helpful hints in addition to
mouth-watering recipes. Mothers and daughters watched and learned as cakes, cupcakes and
cookies were turned into works of art. Recipes and instructions were distributed, and many of
the ingredients and utensils used were offered for sale, so that attendees could achieve similarly impressive results at home.
Of course, the evening would not have been complete without a taste-testing – which was
thoroughly enjoyed by all!
The event was organized and hosted by Dr. Sandra Molinas-Sigal in memory of her mother, Dorothy Molinas (Devorah Gittel) z”l. Dr. Molinas-Sigal chose Meir Panim, an organization that provides relief to the hungry and needy of Israel, because her mother grew up hungry.
Prior to the demonstration, attendees viewed a short video detailing Meir Panim’s work on
behalf of the impoverished of Israel. Many were moved by what they saw, and donations are still
coming in from the evening.
Many thanks to Sandra Molinas-Sigal, Gitti Allman, and the women of the Riverdale community
who came out to support Meir Panim.