Sunday, July 24, 2016

Annual Chocolate Extravaganza

Once a year our church produces a fundraiser that benefits both the church and the local high school's music and art program. This year was the fifth year we hosted the fundraiser. I remember when we first conceptualized this fundraiser, I was a member of the vestry (then still called Bishop's Committee) and how tough it was to get it off the ground. Meetings were held every week starting in January and the fundraiser was on the third week of June. It was one of the toughest things I have participated in, but 5 years later the members of the planning committee hold a handful of meetings before the event. The head of the committee and the members got the process right down pat that everything goes as intended without all the meetings.

We are a small church, but the members are always willing and ready to participate in the event. Members enter their chocolate creations, sweet or savory, for the public to judge which is the best for the night. Last year, my beautiful green tea truffle earned me a first place in the Taster's Choice Awards. I did not place this year, which was expected because my choice of recipe did not wow me either.

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In the first hour of the event, I was able to mingle and taste and have my fill. There are auction tables in addition to food tables. Once the tables start to close, I go in the backroom where I man the till so I miss a lot of the action in the second half of the event. I was able to listen to the music without watching the performers. The high school kids are so talented. Each year, a new batch of musicians come and perform and they are all show promise. Talking to their beaming parents was what I enjoy most especially when these parents show their surprise that our church help fund their music and art program. None of these kids nor their parents attend our church.

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The event is an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet. No savory entries this year though.

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And my entry from last year and this year.

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2016 entry - white chocolate lemon ball. Way too sweet even for my sweet tooth.

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2015 entry - green tea truffles. Weak green tea flavoring for my taste, but others think otherwise.

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12 comments:

  1. I enjoyed seeing the inside of your church and hearing all about your event. The food looks delicious and a "cut above" what I've seen at most church bake sale fundraisers.

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  2. A fun and unique fundraiser! Good for you and for your church.

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  3. What fun. That makes me have a chocolate craving just looking at all the delicious treats. The fruit looks great too. Excellent idea for a fundraiser.

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  4. I brake for chocolate, even on the internet.

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  5. Wow! I would love to be there.

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  6. I am drooling over the photos.

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  7. A fine event and a good time for perfoormers to donate their time and talent. Involve the youngsters and perhaps some will attend church.

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  8. This looks divine!!! I totally love the idea of all chocolate buffet :)

    p.s. Your green tea truffle from last year looks great too :)

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  9. Delicious! I love chocolate.

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  10. Can you invite me to one of your church's potluck? Looks like there are tons of talented cooks in there. I would like to try the chili bacon chocolate and the ancho chili cinnamon bark.

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  11. This is such a great thing to do to keep the community together and involved! I would be OD-ing on chocolate with all those wonderful flavors and displays!

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