KC's Provides Yummy Diabetic Outlet
How sweet it isn't
With the help of the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, legendary composer Wardell Quezergue becomes a role model for diabetic dieting.
Meringue letters perched atop the sugar-free cupcakes sitting on the buffet spelled out "Mr. Big Stuff" and "Happy B-Day."
Nearby sat Wardell Quezergue, the legendary producer/arranger/band leader and composer behind that hit song and thousands of others, ranging from The Dixie Cups' "Chapel of Love" to "Groove Me" by King Floyd and "Barefootin'" by Robert Parker, to name only a few. The man Allen Toussaint dubbed "The Creole Beethoven" worked with Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Paul Simon, Aaron Neville, BB King, The Supremes, Willie Nelson, Robbie Robertson ... shall we go on?
Sweet options include a fruit tart, a chocolate cake and mini cupcakes from KC's Babycakes, KC Dinhofer's six-month-old cupcake business in Mandeville. Some of the cupcakes were sweetened with Swerve, a new sugar replacement developed by Catherine Wilbert, a north shore naturopath whose office is across the street from KC's Babycakes. "My mother's diabetic, and I've been baking sugar-free for years, since I was 17," Dinhofer said.
On Friday, Quezergue turns 80. On Saturday, his friends and the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, the New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation and the Xavier Wellness Center are throwing him a big birthday luncheon that serves as a primer for how to have a delicious celebration that balances New Orleans' love of food with a medically restricted diet.
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Article Originally Published by Judy Walker, Feed Editor at The Times Picayune
Thursday, March 11, 2010