You DO Love CHOCOLATE, Don’t You?!

September is my birthday month, but I never talk about that (other than many facebook posts regarding the hedonism REQUIRED in the month of September to make me happy…instead, I always talk about Ellevate’s (formerly 85 Broads) Annual Amateur Chocolate Competition for Charity.  This year we have chosen to help lift up the women of Tender Mercies, a wonderful organization dedicated to providing dignity to the homeless who, through a myriad of reasons, have found it impossible to take care of themselves without some help.

As a major sponsor of this event, where the management of New Riff Event Center have graciously donated their elegant and GORGEOUS space, I am hoping to entice you with a descriptor of some of the things you will experience while helping the women supported byTender Mercies:  Coolinary Adventures Silent Auction (click here to see some of the fab experiences you can bid on) – stuff like a Brewery & Party tour for 10, or make your own signature ICE CREAM flavor with a local producer!

That’s just ONE aspect of the night.  You will enjoy eating Lula’s FOOD (think OKI FONDUE with my homemade Salt Rye Bread and assorted Sausage Bites for dipping), and you can enjoy my bourbon and chocolate pairing tutorial, sampling 3 different bourbons and learning about each, as well as tasting the carefully chosen Chocolats Latour delicacy to go with them!

Chocolate And let’s not forget the stars of the evening – our competitors…you will be able to sample anywhere from 10-15 chocolate delicacies created just for this event!!  These entries will be judged by fabulous local experts such as Jean Robert de Cavel, and they will win some pretty amazing prizes!  You’ll get to see it all happen, while sipping on wine and enjoying the spirited (literally) giving atmosphere!!  BTW you are enjoying a sideways pic of Lula’s “The Louisville Truffle” – in honor of all things CHOCOLATE!  Wish I could manage IT the way I manage the kitchen! 🙂