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According to Sacramento Children’s Chorus’ executive director Daphne Quist, the event was held in honor of the chorus to raise money for the organization, some of which will go toward tuition scholarships for students.
“It was a great success for our organization,” Quist said.
This is the first Wine and Chocolate event for the Sacramento Children’s Chorus and Quist hopes to continue it every year. Corporate sponsorships, individual donations, concerts and one large event each year help fund the organization, Quist said.
Quist hopes the event raised $4,500, but the event possibly reached up to $5,500-$6,000.
The Sacramento Children’s Chorus administrative staff, event committee members and volunteers helped host the event. Throughout the night, 115 people attended the fundraiser.
The attendees included parents and family of the children in the Sacramento Children’s Chorus and friends and staff of the chorus.
Artistic director Lynn Stevens co-founded the choir 19 years ago as a master’s project at Sacramento State.
Stevens sipped on a reserve chardonnay and loved the presentation of the chocolates.
“I love the chance to be with the parents and the community,” Stevens said.
Revolution Wines provided several wines, including pinot grigio, merlot, zinfandel, syrah and a blanco port.
The local chocolatiers that showcased desserts for the evening were Bella Bru Café, Capital Confections, The Chocolate Architect, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Enotria, Good Eats, My Chocolate Affair, Sweeties and Village Cake Shoppe.
The desserts ranged from moist dark chocolate cake slices to rich chocolate brownies speckled with powdered sugar.
Several chocolatiers presented a variety of cookies. Sweeties had a crisp, peanut butter cookie, and Bella Bru Café had chocolate chip cookies and salted chocolate cookies. Dove Chocolate Discoveries put a spin on their chocolate chip cookies with a chai raspberry sauce.
Capital Confections displayed darling chocolate truffles decorated with drizzled chocolate and small candy shapes.
The Chocolate Architect provided a variety of soft and creamy chocolate silks, including espresso, chocolate and raspberry chocolate. My Chocolate Affair created an element of surprise with their chocolate-covered pretzels by including a caramel filling underneath the chocolate.
Parents Kristin and Scott Finney came out to show support and brought their daughter’s grandparents along too.
“It’s nice to be exposed to all the chocolatiers,” Kristin Finney said. “I didn’t know there were so many in Sacramento.”
Celebrity judges for the event included Tina Macuha from “Good Day Sacramento,” Edward Ortiz from The Sacramento Bee, Patrick Mulvaney of Mulvaney B&L Restaurant and Beth Hassett of WEAVE. Each chocolatier won a different category for their delectable contributions to the event.
Terry Knight of KFBK “Real Estate Show” was the masters of ceremony for the evening.
At the event, attendees placed bids on a variety of items in the silent auction, including Revolution wines and an Italian dinner for 10 prepared by the Sacramento Children’s Chorus staff.
Raffle prizes throughout the event included gift certificates from local businesses and items donated by parents.
According to Stevens, the chorus has 150 children in five different choirs.
More information about the chorus and auditions can be found on their website.