The 3rd Annual Rincon Rotary District 5500′s decadent “Taste of Chocolate” was held this afternoon at the Doubletree Hotel (445 S. Alvernon Way). And Creative Catering won all 4 categories of tasting: Chocolate Artisan, Mousse Crossing, Cocoa Loco, and Hometown Hits, as decided by Celebrity Judges:
Alex Miranda, KGUN 9
Kayna Whitworth, KOLD 13
Anne Kellogg, Tucson Lifestyle magazine
“Chris P” and “Joe Joe”, 93.7 KRQ (the “good looking guys”)
Mrs. Grant, 94.9 MIXfm
All photos below courtesy of friend Andy Reilly (except for last two photos taken by Barry Cohen).
I suspect it was also Creative Catering’s wide selection of three choices of fondue dips that was so impressive– using bananas, creams puffs, angel food cake, pretzels, marshmallows, & brownie bites. Yum. They won 3 of the 4 celebrity judge’s categories last year (all except for Mousse Crossing).
In the People’s choices (voted on by the hundreds of attendees), the winners for the same categories were:
Chocolate Artisan: Melting Pot (choco strawberries)
Mousse Crossing: Eclectic Cafe (white chocolate flan)
Cocoa Loco: Zink’s Treats (hot pepper fudge)
Hometown Hits: Creative Catering (chocolate river)
Congratulations to all the winners, and to Chair Wendy Hobbs are another successful Taste of Chocolate.
Creative Catering is located at 727 E. Holaway, phone 520-690-0146, email is firstname.lastname@example.org, www.tucsoncreativecatering.com. Owners are Bill and M.J. Essenmacher.
Most of the taste options were chocolate cakes, brownies, truffles with a few unusual choices — a chocolate crepe (Planet of the Crepes) and a chicken slider sandwich with chocolate bbq sauce – pictured below (by Culinary Design Catering). And of course the Doubletree Hotel had their famous chocolate chip cookies on their tasting table.
Numerous raffle prizes (gift certificates from restaurants and other businesses in town) were given out, and a silent auction of beautiful jewelry and other gifts (including an exquisite Mata Ortiz pot) was also held.
Read my previous blog about this event (click here), and mark your calendar for next year’s event scheduled for April 15, 2012.
Here’s a photo taken by Barry Cohen of the winning chocolate flan entry by Eclectic Cafe:
And last but not least, a photo of the winning team at Creative Catering receiving their People’s Choice award (Hometown Hits):