Chocolate bakers and candy makers are invited to enter their sweet concoctions in a chocolate dessert contest on Saturday, May 7. Agape House of Oak Ridge is hosting the contest during “An Evening of Everything Chocolate,” an event supporting the nonprofit and all-volunteer organization that provides transitional housing for the homeless.
“An Evening of Everything Chocolate,” a Mother’s Day weekend event, will feature tables filled with chocolate desserts from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Social Hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Truffles, fudge, cookies, brownies, and other treats will be offered, with coffee, sipping chocolate, and water also being served.
For the chocolate dessert contest, the chocolate grand prize winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and a gold medal. A silver medal will be awarded for the best use of chocolate. To enter, bring your dessert to the Social Hall of Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church by 6 p.m. May 7.
The dessert must feature one chocolate ingredient, which could be milk, dark, or white chocolate, cocoa, syrup, or other form of chocolate. Entries should have at least eight servings. Each contestant may enter up to two desserts. Include your name, name of dessert, phone number, and e-mail address with each entry. There is no entry fee, and contestants need not be present to win.
Contest judges will be Melanie Fillauer, last year’s grand prize winner; Naomi Asher, executive director of United Way of Anderson County; and former Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan.
As the judges do their work, Agape House invites the public to taste a variety of chocolate desserts made especially for “An Evening of Everything Chocolate.” All proceeds will go to the direct support of Agape House, which helps homeless families or individuals with short-term, temporary housing, and other support services as they work with agencies to take steps toward self-sufficiency.
Tickets to the event are $30 per person. They can be purchased at the following Oak Ridge locations:
- The Ferrell Shop, 235 Jackson Square;
- Willow Ridge Garden Center, 97 Oak Ridge Turnpike;
- Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike;
- New Reflections Salon, Ridgeway Shopping Center, 987 Oak Ridge Turnpike;
- The Other One Deli, Grove Center, 178 Randolph Road;
- Peggy Hanrahan Realty Center, 201 S. Tulane Avenue; and
- First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Tickets may also be purchased by mail, with a check sent to: Agape House of Oak Ridge, P.O. Box 4932, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-4932. For more information about Agape House, see www.oakridgeagape.org.
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