Chef Al Pronko may be best known for his Mexican-Asian fusion creations at Maria’s Comida, especially for the tres leches cake, black rice pudding and fried ice cream on his menu.

Marie Pronko, who runs the front of the house, has picked up a lot from her dad when it comes to creating and making desserts – and she’s ready to take him on.

The dueling family members are prepared to bring out their best dessert creations at the Daddy-Daughter Bake-Off, a fundraiser dessert sampling event to benefit Orchards Children’s Services on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The duo will each prepare a surprise dessert for guests, who will vote for a People’s Choice Award through donations for Orchard’s Children’s Services, and celebrity judges – Chef Joseph Decker , pastry instructor at Schoolcraft College; Chef Tom Keshishian of Street Eatzz, and Erin Rose, Founder of and

The evening will also feature a sampling of desserts prepared by local Detroit bakeries and foodies, appetizers from Maria’s Comida, and a raffle.

Marie Pronko has a soft spot in her heart for Orchards Children’s Services where she was a social worker for five years before joining the family business.

“We’re a family business and they’re an agency we believe in,” Marie Pronko says. “Orchards is always looking for clothing for their kids and teens.”

Orchards Children’s Services provides adoption, foster care and family preservation services for at-risk families and children.

The Daddy-Daughter Bake-Off will run from 6-9 p.m. at Maria’s Comida, located at 11411 Jos. Campau in Hamtramck. The event is open to the public for a charity donation of $20.

For more information, contact Maria’s Comida at 313-733-8406.


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