This feels like a pretty momentous occasion: America’s greatest painter of cakes, Wayne Thiebaud, visiting New York’s greatest cake shop, Lady M. The action is documented in a Talk of the Town article by Ian Parker in this week’s New Yorker. Pretty good idea!
Thiebaud, who is 93 and still frequently plays tennis, has been painting cakes, and other pastries, for more than half a century. What does he think of Lady M’s? From the piece:
Lady M’s cakes were, he said, “too beautiful,” and he contrasted a “European-based, Viennese, fancy” tradition with American cakes from “basic neighborhood bakeries” that were guided by a principle of “slathering on.”
You can read Parker’s full piece over at The New Yorker‘s website.