In addition to frequent power lunches and elegant dining rooms, another thing you'll find at The Oval Room is pastry chef Cicely Austin's selection of artfully prepared desserts inspired by familiar childhood treats. It's a little amusing to imagine DC power players scarfing down Twinkies and Twix bars for dessert, but Chef Austin makes it happen by presenting classic, nostalgic flavors in a classed up fashion. From the Hazelnut "Twix" Bar with pot de crème and caramel ice cream to the Parsnip "Twinkie" with a raisin and cream cheese cannoli, Chef Austin draws upon a background in civil engineering, architecture, and art to create intricate geometric plating to really drive home the feeling of eating a grown up version of your favorite childhood snacks.
We went behind the scenes to walk through Chef Austin's process of putting together a few of these desserts. Click through to the slideshow to see how they're put together.