A Chicago-based pastry school is offering the chance to be wooed by chocolate in a couple weeks.
For the Love of Chocolate, a black-tie fundraiser for the French Pastry School Scholarship Foundation, is slated to held from 7 to 11 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, Ill.
This year, attendees will find some new additions to the cocoa themes of Cocoa Cuisine, Cocoa Sutra, and the all new Cocoa Candy Land.
And, well-known chefs like Rick Bayless, Graham Elliott, Sherry Yard, Jean Joho, Paul Kahan, Meg Galus, Jason MacLeod, and Sarah Levy are slated to serve cuisine and sweet concoctions in a chocolate wonderland with musical entertainment and a sugary spectacle.
"Each year we say 'this will be the best For the Love' yet," say Jacquy Pfeiffer, academic dean of student affairs for The French Pastry School, "but I think this year will truly outdo the others, with the many renowned chefs working with us, the amazing entertainment, and the wonderful new venue of the Merchandise Mart."
Other chefs expected to participate include: Kai Lermen, executive chef at the Peninsula Hotel;, Jean-Claude Poilevey of La Sardine and Bouchon; Takashi Yagihashi of Takashi Restaurant; and Joe Trummer of Sara Lee Corp..
Chefs contributing desserts, pastries and confections will include: Chris Kadow-Dougherty of Whimsical Candy; Jove Hubbard of the James Hotel; Sarah Kosikowski of the Trump Hotel; Leonard Trevino of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza; Giuseppe Tentori of Boka; Anne Palermo of Sulpice and others.
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, which cost $200 per person, visit www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.com.
For more information on the school, which is located at the City Colleges of Chicago downtown site, visit www.frenchpastryschool.com.