Five Andover eating establishments will be among about 20 businesses vying to be named the creator of the best dessert in the Merrimack Valley at a Feb. 5 event called Sweet Indulgence.

The event benefits Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley, located in Andover and involves "TV Diner" host Billy Costa.

Attendees will vote for their top three desserts.

"The fundraiser should be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to showcase the great restaurants, bakeries and caterers that we have in the valley," said organizer Jonathan Brody of Andover.

The five Andover food businesses that will be there are Glory, Palmers, Sweet Mimis, On the Bone and I Dream of Jeanne.

"I think that is the biggest contingent from any town," Brody said. "And we targeted the Andover Inn which is tied up with Trustees weekend and can't do it this year."

"Yummy, yummy, something chocolate," is all Mimi Queen of Sweet Mimi's candy store on Main Street would say of her entry. "Potato chips dipped in chocolate, maybe popcorn, hmmmm, we'll see."

Andover's new state Sen. Barry Finegold will sit alongside famed foodie Billy Costa of the "TV Diner" television show and KISS108 radio show, and pastry chef Suzanne Kreiger of L'Andana Grill in Burlington, to judge desserts at the Sweet Indulgence event. Finegold, who said pecan pie is a favorite, just couldn't resist this assignment.

"I'm a conisseur of desserts," he laughed saying he's drawn to anything with ice cream.

He's sitting at "the blue ribbon table" to tally votes for the best dessert in Merrimack Valley.

Also, Brody said the tenants of the new Bridal Building on Main Street in Andover are involved. While the building has not opened, a special bridal package is being put together as an auction item for the event. Tenants of the Elm Square building include First Date and Christina's. A pre-wedding photo session for the bride by Photography by Linda and a free tuxedo from Russo Tux will be part of the package.

Sweet Indulgence

Saturday, Feb. 5

8-11 p.m., $35 advance, $40 door

UMASS Lowell Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell

Andover entries: Glory, Palmers, Sweet Mimis, On the Bone, I Dream of Jeanne

Attendees will vote for their top three desserts.

Dancing, DJ, cash bar, auction items include bridal package involving Andover businesses, chance to be on "TV Diner" TV show as a restaurant critic,

Benefits Congregation Beth Israel of the Merrimack Valley in Andover

More info: sweetindulgence.info, 978-494-0769

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