The World of Chocolate event celebrated its 10th annual fundraiser at the Hilton Chicago welcoming more than 1,500 guests to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. Chocolate lovers from near and far indulged their collective sweet tooth, sampling offerings from 28 of our city's finest restaurants, chocolatiers and caterers to commemorate World AIDS Day.
Event co-chairmen Jim Perry, Glen Pietrandoni and Ben Stringfellow welcomed Mayor Rahm Emanuel as guest of honor for this evening that raised more than $300,000 to support the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the fight against HIV/AIDS. A Memorial Wall provided supporters an opportunity to honor lost loved ones. Handmade gifts from Vietnam were showcased in the holiday market to benefit Vietnam's Bickford-Land Clinic, which provides care and support to HIV-infected women and children in Ho Chi Minh City.
Celebrity judges for the chocolate contest included ABC 7's Kathy Brock, Chicago Pride's Bill Pritchard and RL's Rich Varnes. Entries included the Peninsula Hotel's tropical chocolate paradise and Kendall College's chocolate Christmas tree display. After all of the votes were tallied, the winners were Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts (Hot Chocolate Award), Talbott Teas (Loco Cocoa Award), Terry's Toffee (Sweet Booth Award) and the Peninsula Hotel (Chocoholic's Dream Award). Just Like U Like It Catering won the People's Choice Award for its mini chocolate grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato and basil soup shooters and chocolate mashed potatoes.
Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers.
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