A limited-edition, ‘You Can’t Beat the HEAT’ specially-made dessert benefits the Mourning Family Foundation!With the Miami HEAT’s recent NBA championship win making summer in Miami hotter than ever, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach is offering a way to cool down and enjoy a taste of their hometown team’s sweet victory with a limited-edition, ‘You Can’t Beat the HEAT’ dessert to benefit the Mourning Family Foundation. The gourmet-style treat is offered as a special menu addition exclusively at the oceanfront hotel’s two restaurants, DiLido Beach Club and Bistro One LR, through December 31, 2012.
The Ritz Carlton, South Beach Executive Pastry Chef Jason Morale carefully designed the decadent creation to best represent the HEAT’s star status and the residual excitement that continues to emanate throughout the city following their triumph. Presented in two pieces, the dessert duo features an orange-colored, mango flavored basketball on top of a thick layer of fudge cake surrounded by gold dusted mint chocolate crunchy, bite-sized pieces with a hint of mint. Accompanying the basketball is a martini glass filled with a flaming coconut crème brûlée, inspired by the HEAT’s team mascot Burnie, an anthropomorphic fireball.
The Mourning Family Foundation was established in 1997 by former HEAT basketball player and Olympic gold medalist turned philanthropist Alonzo Mourning, to aid in the development of children and families living in at-risk situations and provide support and services that enhance the lives of youth of promise. The cost of each ‘You Can’t Beat the HEAT’ dessert is $12 and all of the proceeds raised will go towards two of the foundation’s special children’s programs. They will benefit the Overtown Youth Center, designed to inspire, empower, and enrich the lives of underprivileged children while teaching them to become positive contributing citizens; and Honey Shine, a mentoring program founded by Tracy Wilson Mourning, to encourage the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.