Fabulous food, a silent auction, free-flowing champagne, music, dancing… all for a great cause! On February 21st, hundreds of guests celebrated the 27th Annual Chocolates Galore & More here at The National Conference Center. We had the pleasure of starting our day bright and early with Holly Morris from FOX 5 DC for a sneak peak of the evening’s festivities! Event attendees indulged 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 are determined by four local judges and People’s Choice are judged by event attendees.) Judges included Chef Daniel Thomas, a former Capitol Hill chef, who has cooked for President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden, United States Senators, and numerous foreign Heads of State; Chef Cynthia Anderson, chef/owner of Intimate Sentiments; Rebekah Pizana, food journalist and pastry chef and Lisa Broyhill, radio personality and TV producer. Proceeds from the event support the YMCA Loudoun County’s Caring For Community campaign, which provides essential scholarships and much-needed funds to local Loudoun County families who turn to the YMCA for help.
We were thrilled to once again, win the People’s Choice for Best Presentation (Dessert) for Executive Chef Mason’s #BitsandBliss! A devilishly delicious dark chocolate mousse bedazzled with rich brownie bits and drizzled with silky caramel, coupled with a dash of sea salt, layered with whipped cream and finished with a fresh raspberry and chocolate shavings.
Congrats to our team and all of the winners from the evening!
Best Taste Dessert - Cherry’s Cheesecake and Delight’s
Best Presentation Dessert - Dutch Girl Cookie Factory
Best Taste Hors D’Oeurvre - Salamander Resort
Best Presentation Hors D’Oeurvre - Lansdowne Resort
Best Taste Dessert - Cherry’s Cheesecakes and Delight’s
Best Presentation Dessert – The National Conference Center
Best Taste Hors D’Oeuvre - Lansdowne Resort
Best Presentation Hors D’Oeuvre - Lansdowne Resort
A special thanks to Tom Barry for capturing the day so beautifully!
Phillip Saims, NCC’s Director of Sales & Marketing & Holly Morris
Executive Chef Mason walks Holly through the steps of
creating his winning dish from last year’s event