Chef Yigit Pura Creates HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH-Inspired Macaron
In honor of the current Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Chef Yigit Pura announced today a limited edition Hedwig and the Angry Inch-inspired macaron. Featuring a flavor profile provided by recent Tony Award winner and current star of the Broadway production, Neil Patrick Harris, the macaron -- called "Hedwig Schmidt" after the title character -- features a bourbon-orange marmalade ganache with a brandied cherry center, covered in edible red glitter. The limited-edition "Hedwig Schmidt" macaron will be available beginning Monday, August 11 at Tout Sweet Pâtisserie (Macy's Union Square, 170 O'Farrell St., 3rd Floor) as well as online at www.toutsweetsf.com.
"Hedwig and the Angry Inch has played an integral role in my life since its original Off-Broadway production at the Jane Street Theatre," said Pura. "I have been inspired by the ingenuity of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's book and music and the positive message of love and discovering who you really are."
"Hedwig Schmidt" will be available in a 14-piece box in-store and online for $35. Individual macarons will be available in-store for $2.
To ensure freshness, all web orders will be shipped Monday through Wednesday (Monday through Thursday in California). Orders of macarons received Thursday through Sunday (Friday through Sunday in California) will ship the following Monday.
Tout Sweet Pâtisserie is located in Macy's Union Square (170 O'Farrell St., 3rd Floor) in San Francisco and is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit toutsweetsf.com for up-to-the-date information.
About Tout Sweet Pâtiserrie - Using inspiration from Pura's many travels throughout the world, Tout Sweet Pâtisserie -- a partnership between Pura and Taste Catering and Event Planning's co-owners, MeMe Pederson and Janet Griggs -- whets the appetite and imagination of guests with a delectable selection of sweet and savory treats including Pura's trademark French macarons, petit gâteaux ("small cakes"), verrines (layered parfaits), as well as a rotating menu of seasonal offerings and signature and celebration cakes. Nestled on the third floor of Macy's Union Square, Tout Sweet infuses an authentic French ambience with a clean and modern California perspective. Retail shelving along the perimeter of the store features gift options including dessert sauces, fruit curds, artisanal jams and marmalades and other confections. Tables and chairs nestled throughout the store provide seating for up to 20 people. A communal table serves as the centerpiece allowing for a relaxed and informal atmosphere, and the opportunity to engage in conversation with other guests.
About Yigit Pura - Yigit began his culinary training at the age of four in Ankara, Turkey while helping his mom make dark caramel. His formal culinary training began at the age of 20 in San Francisco, while working in some of the top kitchens. He then moved to New York City, where he accepted a position at Le Cirque 2000 and moved shortly after to The Four Seasons Hotel. Yigit then landed what he would call his "golden step," as the Pastry Sous Chef at Daniel, under Chef Daniel Boulud. After two and a half years, he was promoted to Executive Pastry for Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas. Pura spent the last five years serving as Executive Pastry Chef for Taste Catering and Event Planning.
Yigit continues to be an advocate for human rights and for those who are underserved, using his voice to raise money for non-profit organizations around the nation, including Human Rights Campaign, The Trevor Project, Meals On Wheels, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Project Open Hand and ASPCA. He has received recognition and awards from the city of San Francisco, as well as the California Senate, for his efforts. His much-anticipated cookbook, "Sweet Alchemy" (Chronicle Books), will be available August 19, 2014.
About Hedwig and the Angry Inch - HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, the musical with book by John Cameron Mitchell and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask, directed by Michael Mayer won four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, Best Actor (Neil Patrick Harris), Best Featured Actress (Lena Hall), and Best Lighting (Kevin Adams). In addition, the production has been honored with Best Musical Revival by the Drama Desk, Drama League, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
The show opened in April to rave reviews and plays to sold out audiences at the Belasco Theatre (111 West 44th Street). The New York Times called the show "An unqualified pleasure," Variety called it "a spectacular revival," and Wall Street Journal said "I don't remember the last time I heard a Broadway audience scream so loud. This HEDWIG feels like a celebration: a large-scale, thrilling production, with sets that amplify the drama of the songs while retaining the intimacy within the lyrics."
Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells will join the production as Hedwig starting Wednesday, August 20.