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2013 Chocolates Galore & More!

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Last Friday evening at NCC was every epicureans dream. Hundreds of guests gathered for the biggest and most delicious celebration of the year, YMCA Loudoun County Chocolates Galore & More! Since its inception 26 years ago, the event has helped to garner funds that enable YMCA to serve the needs of local families and children throughout Loudoun County. Guests were in for a real treat, as they enjoyed live music from Katz Band, dancing, free-flowing champagne, a silent & live auction and a chance to sample desserts and gourmet foods in the Hors D ‘Oeuvres Competition featuring the finest restaurants and caterers in the area. Judges included culinary enthusiasts, Kimberly Van (Yelp NoVA), John Andrews (YMCA Board Member), Danielle Turner (chef & food writer/stylist) and Rebekah Pizana (pastry chef & food writer). NCC was ecstatic to win Best Presentation for Hors D’Oeuvre in both the Critics’ Choice and People’s Choice categories for Executive Chef Mason and team’s delectable concoction: smoking maple Bourbon cola topped with salted caramel and chocolate applewood smoked bacon.

Congrats to our team here at NCC and to all the winners of this year’s Chocolates Galore & More!



Best Taste Dessert – Bungalow Lake House

Best Presentation Dessert – Market Salamander

Best Taste Hors D’Oeurvre – Hooked

Best Presentation Hors D’Oeurvre – National Conference Center



Best Taste Dessert – Sweetz Bakery

Best Presentation Dessert – Simply Cakes by Alison

Best Taste Hors D’Oeuvre – Hooked

Best Presentation Hors D’Oeuvre – National Conference Center


Special thanks to Dawn Dinius and Tom Barry for the fabulous photos! Check out more photos and videos on Facebook.


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Photo credit: Tom Barry


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius — NCC’s Smoking Mirrors Theme


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius — NCC team accepting the first award of the evening!


Photo credit: Dawn Dove Dinius


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