Food & Gourmet Items
This is the real deal (a delicious one, at that)!
Mariepaule Vermersch is offering to the highest bidder a brunch for you and 14 of your most favorite pals. The menu: authentic Belgian waffles garnished with fruit (fresh, that is) and cream (also fresh, of course). Why is this so special, why are we calling it authentic, you ask...........Here's why:
Before the start of WW II, Mariepaule's parents in Brussels were baking waffles that were fluffier and lighter than the traditional waffles we know in this country. They sold them at the 1958 International Exposition in Brussels and then came to Flushing Meadows, NY to sell them in the Belgium Village at the 1964 World's Fair. They were called "Brussels Waffles" in Belgium but Mariepaule's mother realized, after the first few days, most Americans didn't know where Brussels was; thus the name "Belgian Waffles." And what a sensation they were! Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vermersch, are recognized as the folks who introduced them to the U.S.
Mariepaule worked with her waffle-baking parents at the World's Fair and elsewhere for years to come. They traveled the Midwest and East to lots of State Fairs and then settled for 35 years in Syracuse to provide their Belgian specialty to waffle-hungry crowds at the New York State Fair.
Mariepaule later journeyed to the Taos Ski Valley and was in northern New Mexico for a number of years until she headed south and opened Mariepaule's Coffee Shop at the Galeria in downtown Albuquerque (no longer in business).
Back to brunch: Create a very special occasion for you and your brunch mates. Fifteen of you at your house or another's, the scent of Belgian waffles wafting in the air as you indulge in, what you probably gather by now, are no ordinary waffles. They are authentic, light and delicate and and truly beautiful with cream and fruit garnishing them. It was Mariepaule's mother (she's 91 now), by the way, who had the idea to use strawberries on top. Mariepaule also mentions that syrup is a big 'no-no' - it's too thick and heavy for the delicate waffles. Powered sugar is traditionally used. And, you can choose a little or a lot of cream, whatever you prefer.
We will provide the name of the winning bidder to Mariepaule and her contact info will be given to the successful individual and the two of you will make arrangements for your brunch.