“Oh my gosh” was my response entering the Rincon Rotary’s 2nd annual “Taste of Chocolate” event today at the Doubletree Hotel, 455 N. Alvernon. Beautifully decorated tables serving chocolate samples of all kinds were awaiting the entrants, probably 500-600 people in total over a two hour period. Tickets cost $10/adult, children under 12 were free with paid adult. There were lots of children present happily enjoying the chocolate samples.
Each entrant was asked to choose the best of four categories: Chocolate Artisan, Mousse Crossing, Cocoa Loco, and Hometown Hits. I tried to sample all the different chocolate cookies, fudges, truffles, candies, tiramisu, dipped strawberries, etc.and it was lots of fun judging so many delicious wonders and delicacies. There was even a chocolate mole taco and a chocolate based mixed fruit compote.
I’ll let you know toward the end of this article who won in these categories (based on celebrity judges’ decisions), but here’s a list of the restaurant/catering participants:
Chocolate Artisan: Anne Gartner, Bergie Harzheim, Creative Catering, Gentle Ben’s, Pastiche, Pizzeria Vivace, Sunflower
Mousse Crossing: Creative Catering, Doubletree Hotel, Eclectic Cafe, Hacienda del Lago, Pastiche, Melting Pot, Tucson Country Club
Cocoa Loco: Cafe 54, Creative Catering, Culinary Design, Luna Bella, Pastiche, Sweet Rustler Treats
Hometown Hits: Creative Catering, Doubletree Hotel, El Parador, Lutz Swiss Bakery, Mini’s, Quail Canyon Golf, Rocco’s Little Chicago, Sweet Rustler’s Treats, Zink’s Treats
This event featured raffle prizes including chocolate cakes, gifts certificates to restaurants, caterers, florists. A silent auction was also held.
Celebrity judges were Jenny Anchondo, anchor of KOLD TV Channel 13, District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll, Judy Rich, COO of Tucson Medical Center, Jerry Simmons of Simmons Automotive. Based on their judging in the first hour, the winners of each category were:
Chocolate Artisan: Creative Catering
Mousse Crossing: Eclectic Cafe
Cocoa Loco: Creative Catering
Hometown Hits: Creative Catering
(wow, 3 out of 4 for Creative Catering! Check them out here.)
And the People’s Choices for each category were: Chocolate Artisan: Pizzeria Vivace (tiramisu), Mousse Crossing: Melting Pot (chocolate fondue), Cocoa Loco: Culinary Design Catering (chicken Mole), and Hometown Hits: Lutz Swiss Bakery (chocolate macaroons). Congratulations to all the winners.
The proceeds from this Taste of Chocolate benefit the Rincon District 5500 Rotary‘s scholarship program and Polio Plus (their goal is to eradicate polio in the world). For more info contact: WBTUS@aol.com or click on their website link.
If you missed this decadent event today, be sure to watch for the 3rd annual Taste of Chocolate next Spring. I had never seen so much delicious chocolate in one room before.