The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chocolate, chocolate everywhere and it can be yours

What if you could have all the chocolate you could consume in one evening? Every type: bittersweet, semi-sweet, dark, milk, single origin, organic and white (that isn’t real chocolate but I will concede on its name). The chocolate might be accented with alcohol, fruits, nuts and cheese. There will be chocolate cake, chocolate ice cream, chocolate candy, pies with chocolate, chocolate beverages and then savory dishes with chocolate. It is a chocoholic’s dream come true.

What if you could have all the chocolate you could consume and you can walk away feeling good about yourself? By attending this evening of chocolate beyond your wildest dreams you would be helping to provide health care, health-related services, education and advocacy for the homeless – one of their dreams comes true.

Why don’t you gather up your friends and family on Thursday, February 5th to attend this evening of bountiful chocolate at the 18th Annual Chocolate Affair. Everyone can party to great music, find great deals in the silent auction and enjoy the offerings of 50 restaurants, caterers and chocolatiers. (*See the list below)

TV’s Top Chef alumni, Chef Jill Snyder, celebrity co-chair, will even be doing a cooking demonstration. Dick Steiner, Bill Gross, Tony Ware and Spencer Horsman will perform strolling magic, while Bellydance Delight will spice up the evening with a special performance. What’s more, models will showcase more than 100 custom fashions by Victor Rossi Couture & Ready-to-Wear.

Guests can get their groove on listening to the steel drum sounds of Tropical Heat, get out on the dance floor with a masterful mix of ‘70s and ‘80s tunes by DJ Guy Flynn, or chill to music of jazz pianist Marcus D. Smith.

Or, they can unwind in The Sweet Spa area featuring hand and foot reflexology treatments by Sole Healing’s Steve Steinberg, and DK Salon’s Beauty & Relaxation Station with face painting, hair styling and massages by “Baltimore’s Best” Masseur Timothy Green.

Gentlemen - are you open to suggestion? Celebrate Valentine’s Day early – every woman loves chocolate, avoid the crowds at the restaurants, enjoy live entertainment. It is a bargain and will make your lady think you are a thoughtful, caring and creative soul - you definitely will score points.

For more info:

WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009 - 6:00 to 9:30 p.m.

(VIP pre-reception opens at 5:30)

WHERE: M&T Bank Stadium - South Club Level Lounge

TICKETS: $75/person or $140/couple in advance; $85/person at the door.

$150/person for Chocolate Angel ticket, which includes access to a pre-event reception with
the honorary co-chairs, VIP parking , a “Heavenly Gift Bag” and special recognition.

Contact: 443-703-1396;

*Participating Vendors:

Akbar Palace Restaurant

Baltimore-Washington Beer Works

Belmont Conference Center

Bistro Brownies

Bonefish Grill

Bouillabaisse Cafe


Canton Dockside

Ciao Bella Restaurant

Charles Levine Caterers

Charles Street Gourmet

Chef’s Expressions: Command Performance Catering

Cuisine Catering & Event Planning

Dogwood Cafe

Dominion Ice Cream

Extravagant Events Catering

Family Inn Bakery & Deli

Fin Steak and Seafood

Gertrude’s Restaurant at the BMA

Glarus Chocolatier

Greg's Bagels

Hershey Entertainment and Resorts

House of Audre'

Innovative Gourmet

King’s Contrivance

La Tasca

Lindt Chocolatier

Linwood’s Restaurant and Catering

Ma Petite Shoe



Moore’s Candies

Naron Mary Sue Candies

Oh My Chocolate


Patron XO

Pitango Gelato

Recipe for Results

Sascha’s Catering

Sofi’s Crepes


Sweet Fortunes

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream Company

Tapas Teatro

Testimony Tea

The Brewer's Art

The Fudgery

Traditions By Pamela

Tru Chocolate

Water for Chocolate Catering, LLC

Watson Caterers

We Care Baltimore

I'm getting my chocolate fix on that evening, I hope you will join me.

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