Pop Rock Cake: It’s All Yours

Jul 11, 2012

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Charles Phoenix is many things: author, comedian, pop culture pundit, and…cuisine creator,…edible inventor,…nosh designer?

At Galco’s 2nd Annual Summer Soda Tasting on July 22nd, which benefits the Friends of the Southwest Museum Coalition (FoSMC), Phoenix will unveil his latest test kitchen creation, a 7-layer soda pop rock cake, made with sodas and candies found at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop.

Owner John Nese took his father’s long-time Italian grocery store and transformed it into an Elysium of soda pop. Nese’s motto is “Freedom of Choice” in response to the mass-produced, big boy corporations that we all know so well. He chooses to stock his store with small-batch, exotic and rare sodas from Brazil, Jamaica, Germany, and Australia. Flavors range from cucumber, coconut, jasmine, and elderflower to traditional colas, ginger beers, and sarsaparillas.

Old Dominion Root Beer, “based on a historical recipe from the Library of Congress,” will be available on July 22nd, and Nese will present Galco’s new white rose flavored soda.

Dublin Bottling Works will reveal its West Coast line of sodas, as will the company Rieme, which has been creating French sodas since 1921. Live stand-up is in the hands of Native American comedian Dakota Black, and the live music showcase features Don & Bunk (original members of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention), Artichoke, Mele Ohana Ukeulele Ensemble, Greger Walnum Blues Band, and Genesee Hall.

All proceeds will go to FoSMC and Nese says he is “pleased to be a part of the Friends of the Southwest Museum, fighting to have Los Angeles’ first museum, as well as the Casa de Adobe, opened once again to the public full-time—and permanently.”

Galco’s Summer Soda Tasting 2
Sunday, July 22nd, 5-8 p.m.
5702 York Blvd.
Tickets: $12 in advance; $15 day of the event.
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