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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dessert First Contest Winner Must Choose Between Sister and Boyfriend

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 9:10 AM

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Project Open Hand's Dessert First

Where: InterContinental Hotel

When: Sunday, Aug. 14, 5-8 p.m.

Cost: $75 -- but Free for our contest winner!

We had the pleasure of telling Cristina Jocson yesterday that she won two free $75 tickets to Project Open Hand's Dessert First in our contest with this straightforward appeal:

I'm not a baker or blogger or food reviewer, but I promise to savor every sweet and scrumptious bite as if it were my last.

What we didn't know is that we opened a huge can of gummi worms.

When asked who she plans to take to the three-hour dessert bacchanalia, Jocson said, "It's gonna be a tossup between my boyfriend or my sister, who's my partner in crime when it comes to eating. I don't want to offend either."

Jocson, 34, is a biomedical engineer working for a medical device company. "We do monitoring of heart rate and respiratory rate," she said. "It's not related to food at all." But she grew up in the East Bay, and she's been into food -- especially dessert -- for a long time.

And she says she can't remember the last time she won anything. "I'm extremely excited," she said. "I didn't expect to win. I just entered on a whim."

Truth be told, even though Jocson got the tickets by winning the public vote, she was SFoodie's favorite entry all along. A few people played the unemployment card. We've been there, we sympathize, but we couldn't choose among them. We also couldn't choose among altruistic folks who really wanted to take a husband or sister or cousin. Jocson sounded like she wanted it and would appreciate it, so we're glad she won.

"I'm a huge ice cream fan," she said. "I could eat ice cream every day I think, if it wasn't so fattening. But I also like dark chocolate a lot." She says she's a huge fan of Humphry Slocombe's Secret Breakfast ice cream (who isn't?).

We asked her strategy for the evening. It's three hours of artisan desserts by 16 different chefs. Will she eat dinner before Dessert First?

"I'm not going to eat dinner at all," she said. "This is going to be my dinner. There are going to be so many desserts. I definitely want to taste everything."

And about that sister-vs.-boyfriend thing?

"I was hoping you could take another poll to see who people think I should bring," she said.

Readers, share your opinions in the comments. Sisters are forever, but boyfriends are boyfriends, and this is a serious, crucial, vital decision. After all -- it's dessert.

Sorry folks, no more free tickets, but you can buy your own tickets here. It's for a good cause; Project Open Hand delivers hot meals to homebound seniors and people living with serious diseases. And it is three hours of dessert.

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