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Palate Preview of the 25th annual Chocolates Galore

Monday, January 30th, 2012

What is the best event all year made up of: talented chefs, delicious hors d’oeuvres and almost everything chocolate. It’s the YMCA’s annual Chocolates Galore event. The cooking competition features award-winning restaurants in the DC area. Enjoy a night of awesome food and desserts. The proceeds benefit the YMCA of the Metropolitan Washington area, hence the event’s slogan, “Giving Can Be So Sweet!!” We hope you’ll join us again this year.

What: 25th Annual Chocolates Galore & More at The National Conference Center

Date: Friday, February 17, 2012 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Price: $60 for admission or $75 for reserved seats (includes endless champagne)

Judges: A group of judges will be taste-testing food from each booth. You can do the same too.

Top Chef Celebrity Mike Isabella served as a judge at last year’s event. This year’s judges:

Marybeth Albright
Sue Ann Gleason
Steve Mannino
Leigh Macdonald
Hilary Phelps
Stephanie Holguin

The Food:

A la Carte Catering
Ayrshire Farm
Chantel’s Cakes and Pastries
Culinary Delights by Feist & Napoleon’s Cafe
Cupcakes and Moore
Dove Chocolate Discoveries
Grandale Farm Restaurant
Lansdowne Resort
Market Salamander
MC2 Confections
Not Your Average Joe’s
Simply Cakes by Alison
Sweetz Bakery
Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
The Goodstone Inn
Vintage 50
Washington Dulles Marriott
We Take the Cupcake

We know you can hardly wait so go buy your tickets now before they sell out! The event has been going strong since it’s inception in 1988. Now, the event is up to 700 people in attendance and we look forward to it each year. There are items for bid during a silent auction such as a grandiose  stay at The Goodstone Inn & Estate or five-course meal paired with beer for six people from Vintage 50. Try your luck at bidding for one of these items and watch the Chocolates Galore Facebook page where the organizers continuously update auction items and give-away tickets. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

5 Special Events We Think You’ll Rave About

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Photo Credit: IACC Online – Copper Skillet Competition

For West Belmont Place who plans all business functions, galas, weddings and more at The National Conference Center, there are several upcoming special events that are open to the public and something we believe are worth attending – all designed for different audiences and ages. See what you think, we’re convinced you’ll be raving about it:

  • Chocolates Galore – The 23rd annual Chocolates Galore & More will be held tonight (Friday, February 18th) at NCC and is event for friends, couples, and families. It’s a showcase of desserts, hors d’oeuvres, and Champagne from a host of Northern Virginia restaurants and purveyors. Patowmack Farm, Vintage 50, Sweetz Bakery, and more will provide food. There will be live music, dancing, silent and live auctions, and competitions for the best desserts and hors d’oeuvres. CELEBRITY JUDGES include TOP CHEF Mike Isabella, Charlie Adler of TasteDC, and Rebekah Pizana of Gourmet Amore. All proceeds from the tickets ($70 for reserved seats or at the door; $60 general admission) go to the Loudoun County YMCA. Visit the Web site for reservations and more information.


  • Hunt Country Bridal Show & Expo - For engaged couples, Hunt Country Celebrations Bridal and Special Event Expo will be held on Sunday, March 20 from noon to 4 p.m. at West Belmont Place at NCC.  Admission is free.  The popular event returns this year with more vendors and expanded exhibits including carriage companies, musicians, florists, representatives from top event sites, caterers and others who help to create beautiful, elegant weddings throughout the Washington, D.C. region including Virginia hunt country. Brides may pre-register to enter the drawing for $200 toward any vendor or receive a $25 discount on any service from any vendor for services booked at the Expo. Visit the registration website for  more information.


  • Corporate Spelling Bee - The Loudoun Literacy Council is hosting their 5th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee at The National Conference Center March 28, 2011. The event allows businesses to compete as a corporate team in a round-robin fast paced Spelling Bee.  Each corporation buys their way in – 3 individuals can compete as spellers on a team. Celebrity judges include Sentator Herring of the great state of Virginia. All proceeds benefit the Loudoun Literacy Council who teach reading and writing skills to children and adults at or belowthe poverty level.  For more information about entering your company, visit the Loudoun Literacy website.


  • “Meet & Greet” IACC - If you’re a meeting or event planner and have an interest in food and meetings, this is an NCC event you won’t want to miss! All meeting planners and event professionals are invited to a “Meeting & Eating” session, where Andrea Sullivan a well-known brain psychologist will discuss menu choices for enhancing mood, learning and performance in meetings. Tickets include admission to her keynote speech, access to the round table discussion from industry experts, seats at the 2011 Copper Skillet Competition, the Taste of IACC, and gift bags. Interested in attending? Find out more on the IACC website.


  • American Girls Fashion Show – Have children who have grown up with The American Girl dolls? Attend the American Girls Fashion Show at NCC, Saturday, March 26th or Sunday, March 27th. The show expects a 1600+ turnout for the entire weekend. Purchase your tickets today as it’s been sold out in the past! All proceeds go to the Blue Ridge Speech and Hearing Center in Lansdowne, VA which helps young children who are hearing impaired. Visit the website for more information.