Pix celebrates summer with classic splits, sundaes and sodas, the popular Pix Push Ups and yes, a Cognac Banana shake and the 22 scoop Foghorn
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PORTLAND, Oregon (June 28, 2010) – Summertime sizzle calls for ice cream and Pix Pâtisserie delivers with the 7th annual Ice Cream Social on Sat. July 24th from 10 a.m. to midnight at the SE Division St. location only. For one day, Pix’s dessert shelves will be transformed into ice cream showcases. All the crème brûlée, tart citrons and chocolate mousse cakes will be replaced with more than 20 different frozen delights including the classics (splits, sundaes and sodas) and nostalgic novelties (Pix Push Up pops and ice cream sandwiches). For the adventurous ice cream enthusiast, sample a Cognac Banana Shake or the Habanero Nut Crunch ice cream – with the spice. The over-the-top Foghorn elicits squeals of joy with 22 scoops of ice cream served in half a watermelon with all the bells and whistles.
“I love to take old school concepts and reinvent them,” says Cheryl Wakerhauser, owner and pastry chef. “At Pix we take the idea of the Ice Cream Social to the next level.” For those looking for flavors more exciting than chocolate and vanilla there is a cone of Tawny Port Ice Cream or Pina Colada Sorbet. The Push Up Pops are filled with house-made Blood Orange Sherbet and there might be Malibu Rum in the Mango Shake. And nothing that goes on the banana split comes from a can or jar. “We make our own hot fudge and ‘Just say NO!’ to maraschino cherries,” adds Wakerhauser.
About Cheryl Wakerhauser
Pastry chef and restaurateur Cheryl Wakerhauser (a.k.a. Pix), is known for her eccentric and distinctive style that intertwines an array of flavors and textures in every dessert creation. After a short-lived career studying to be an astronaut, Cheryl trained at the pâtisserie of MOF chef Philippe Urraca in Southern France. In 2001 she moved to Portland and set up shop at the Portland Farmers Market. The next year, the first Pix Pâtisserie opened its doors on SE Division, bringing European flare and edible art to Portland with an assortment of elegant pastries and handmade chocolates. To complement each delectable masterpiece, Pix Pâtisserie serves a wide variety of dessert wines, sparkling wine, craft beers, and fine spirits.
Cheryl opened her second location in North Portland in 2005, along with an in-house chocolate laboratory with small windows for customers to peek at the pastries, macarons and chocolates being crafted on site. A graduate of the University of Minnesota in Food Science and Business Management, Cheryl was introduced to fresh, flavorful food during her travels to the Philippines and Thailand. After graduation she attended culinary school in Canada and studied in France. When she has time, she still loves to travel and tries to spend one month a year in France seeking inspiration for her next dessert creation or new macaron flavor.
About Pix Pâtisserie
Pix Pâtisserie has two locations in Portland’s SE and North neighborhoods offering elegant pastries, French macarons, and handmade chocolates and ice cream, as well as a wide selection of dessert wines, craft beers, fine spirits and Bubbly. The original Pix on SE Division opened in January 2002 and is adorned in yellow walls with comfy shoulder-to-shoulder seating. The North Williams location opened in 2005 and boasts a chocolate laboratory where customers can peek in on the mad scientists in the kitchen. With an upbeat fancy demeanor dotted with monkeys and fuzzy red wallpaper, the North Portland location offers Monday Movie Night and Sunday Tea. Don’t miss the Dessert Dim Sum night at SE Division and Concoct Your Own Dessert. Pastry chef and restaurateur, Cheryl Wakerhauser trained at the Pâtisserie of MOF Philippe Urraca in Southern France. In 2001 she moved to Portland and set up shop at the Portland Farmer’s Market before opening her first pâtisserie. Pix Pâtisserie North, 3901 N. Williams Avenue, Portland; 503-282-6539; and 3402 SE Division St., Portland; 503-232-4407. www.pixpatisserie.com