Amateur dessert chefs are invited to prepare their best chocolate dessert for a culinary contest Saturday, April 28, at “An Evening of Everything Chocolate,” benefitting Agape House of Oak Ridge.
Judges will be Melanie Fillauer, last year’s Gold Medal winner, community volunteer and culinary expert Carol Smallridge, and Anderson County Commissioner Phil Yager.
Those entering should prepare at least eight servings for judges, with any extras available for those attending the event. At least one ingredient must be chocolate, which could be milk, dark or white chocolate, cocoa, syrup, or other form of chocolate. Each contestant may enter up to two desserts.
Prizes will be awarded to the top winners. There is no entry fee, and contestants need not be present to win. Entries should be at the Social Hall of the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, by 6 p.m. April 28. Contestants should fill out a form there with their name, name of dessert, phone number, and e-mail address for each entry.
“An Evening of Everything Chocolate” will feature tables filled with chocolate culinary temptations from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Unitarian Universalist Church Social Hall. Fudge, truffles, chocolate dipped fruit, brownies, chocolate-covered potato chips and popcorn, and other special treats, including fresh baked-on-site chocolate chip cookies, will be served.
All proceeds will go to the direct support of Agape House, a nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing for the homeless. Since opening in 2014, Agape House has helped 47 homeless families or individuals with short-term, temporary housing and other support services as they work with agencies to gain self-sufficiency. Agape House is an all-volunteer agency, and a significant portion of its budget is raised through this fundraising event.
Tickets to the event are $30 per person and may be purchased at: The Ferrell Shop, 235 Jackson Square; Willow Ridge Garden Center, 97 Oak Ridge Turnpike; Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church, 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike; and First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door or 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 and Oak Ridge Agape on Facebook.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
This press release was submitted by Kay Brookshire.
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