Pastry chef who is an ‘Alabama treasure’ retires after 40 years of making life sweet

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High on my list of things to do after the pandemic was a trip to the Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham. And it wasn’t going to be a simple dinner party, but an all-out (and probably literally sickening) celebration. As I imagined, the meal was to consist of just all the desserts on offer, to experience the culinary expertise of James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, Dolester Miles. Alas, Dessertapalooza is not there. Covid continues to thwart my travel plans, and now Miles (she of the sumptuous coconut pecan cake, the legendary peach cobbler and other miraculous Southern baked goods) has just retired after four decades to make life easier for the guests. After this career of rare longevity and honors, this “treasure of Alabama”, as AL.com rightly called it, deserves the most beautiful flowers that can possibly be made from buttercream or of fondant (or something tastier – not a big fan of icing). And in other baking news, Charles Entenmann recently passed away at the age of 92. If that last name sounds familiar to you, it’s because you’ve probably seen it in the supermarket a million times, on those white and blue boxes of danishes, donuts and cakes. Inspired by his German immigrant grandfather’s Brooklyn bakery, Entenmann was the force behind the family business that became a national grocery mainstay – although his son let the cat out the proverbial bag in a keepsake. from CNN: Charles Entenmann didn’t eat candy. —Cynthia R. Greenlee

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