‘Cake Boss’ star coming to Enfield's Italian Festival
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Jul. 29, 2011
“They call me Buddy; I’m the boss.” Reality show fanatics will know this as the line Buddy Valastro delivers during the intro of TLC’s hit show, “Cake Boss.” While Buddy may be the boss at Carlo’s Bakery, his brother-in-law Mauro Castano shares in the limelight, serving as Buddy’s right-hand man. Enfield residents will have the opportunity to meet Castano, as well as his wife, Madeline, and son, Buddy, at the Mt. Carmel Society’s Italian Festival in August.
Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza serves as the president of the society and works to book entertainment for the festival. His relationship with Carlo’s Bakery began on the trip home from a family vacation to Philadelphia. Sferrazza’s daughter is a fan of the show and wanted to detour to Hoboken, N.J., where Carlo’s is located.
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While at the bakery, Sferrazza’s wife, Donnalee, encouraged her husband to inquire about a cake for the 2010 Italian Festival. He asked, not sure of what would happen, but the bakery agreed to donate a Dean Martin-themed cake for the event.
This year, Sferrazza approached the bakery again. In addition to making the cake, Castano agreed to deliver it in person.
Sferrazza said though Carlo’s gets tons of requests for appearances, Castano agreed because he likes the way the society operates and wanted to help. “Mauro said, ‘You guys are old-school,’” Sferrazza recalled.
Castano confirmed the sentiment in a phone interview. “I’m really into my heritage,” he said. “[Sferrazza] told me about all the stuff they do - making their own sauces and everything. It reminded me of what my family does.”
The cake for the 2011 festival will have a Deana Martin theme for Dean Martin’s daughter. She performed at last year’s festival and drew in the largest crowd the society had ever hosted. She will perform again this year, and Sferrazza said the organization wanted to honor her with the cake to express their gratitude.
Though the decoration has yet to be finalized, Castano said the bakery will probably create a sculpture of Deana and garnish the cake with edible CDs. “They look just like the kind you buy in the store,” he said.
The Mt. Carmel Society Italian Festival runs Aug. 5-7: Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.; Sunday begins with Mass and processional at 8:30 a.m., and the festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Castano and his family will be in the “Cake Boss” tent Saturday night, signing autographs and selling merchandise.