Event attendees will indulge in rich, luscious chocolates, exquisite desserts and mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres prepared by the area’s finest restaurants and caterers and showcased in a competition for Best Presentation and Best Taste (Critic’s Choice will be determined by seven local judges and People’s Choice will be judged by event attendees.) Attendees will also enjoy silent and live auctions, free-flowing champagne, music, dancing and more -- all for a great cause.
Tickets are on sale now at www.chocolatesgalore.org, or contact the YMCA Loudoun County at 703-777-9622. Ticket prices are $60 for general admission ($75 at the door) and $75 for reserved seating ($50.00 is tax deductible).
…AND THE JUDGES ARE:
Mary Beth Albright Final four of The Next Food Network Star Season 7. She is also a food writer and DC Magazine’s food critic. Sue Ann Gleason, Washington DC-based culinary nutritionist, dynamic eating psychology coach, speaker and writer. Steve Mannino, Executive chef of Rustico restaurants in Alexandria and Arlington, he opened Olives in Las Vegas and has cooked for many celebrities in their private homes. Hilary Phelps, a baker and athlete with an online following. Her content ranges from fashion, to food, to fitness. Stephanie Holguin, is the founder of foodie-isms.com, she is also the community food content producer at WUSA9. Leigh McDonald, an attorney, and former law professor and also the founder of the website: NiceShoesNoDrama.com. She appears regularly on local television and is a regular content contributor to a host of media outlets. Overseeing the judging is Chef Craig Mason, executive chef at The National Conference Center. Trained at The Culinary Institute of America, Mason has more than 15 years of award-winning culinary experience.
Confirmed Presenters to date are: A la Carte Catering, Ayrshire Farm Catering Company, Chantel's Cakes and Pastries, Culinary Delights by Feist & Napoleon’s Café, Cupcakes & Moore, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Grandale Farm Restaurant, The Goodstone Inn & Estate, Lansdowne Resort, Market Salamander, MC2 Confections, Not Your Average Joe’s, Simply Cakes by Alison, Restaurant at Patowmack Farm, Sweetz Bakery, Vintage 50, the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott, and We Take the Cupcake.
Proceeds support the YMCA’s Loudoun County’s Building Bridges annual giving campaign, which provides essential scholarships and much-needed funds to local Loudoun County families who turn to the YMCA for help. Your support enables all families and children the opportunity to participate in quality YMCA Loudoun County programs, regardless of an inability to pay.
About The National Conference Center: Located in Northern Virginia 12 miles from Dulles International Airport and 35 miles from Washington, D.C., the National Conference Center (NCC) is one of the largest and most comprehensive conference centers in the nation. With 917 guest rooms and over 250,000 square feet of meeting space, NCC has become a hub for productive meetings. NCC is also on the GSA schedule. For information call 800-640-2684 or visit www.conferencecenter.com.
The National Conference Center is managed by ARAMARK Conference Centers. ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. In FORTUNE magazine's 2009 list of "World's Most Admired Companies," ARAMARK was ranked number one in its industry, consistently ranking since 1998 as one of the top three most admired companies in its industry as evaluated by peers and analysts. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 260,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at the company's Web site, www.aramark.com.