As a benefit to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, RESPONSE is holding its annual Chocolate Classic from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hotel Jerome.
The Chocolate Classic, which has been on a two-year hiatus, is a grand tasting of local chocolate purveyors, as well as a friendly competition divided into two categories: professional and amateur. Participants at each station have the opportunity to earn the “People’s Choice” award, as well as the designation for 2014’s Best Chocolate Dessert. Prominent professional pastry chefs, caterers and dessert entrepreneurs will be represented at the event, which draws more than 1,000 attendees each year.
RESPONSE supports, educates and empowers victims of domestic violence and sexual crimes through a 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline, emergency shelter, legal aid, medical advocacy and year-round youth prevention and education programs.
“This year, I am so excited to celebrate RESPONSE’s 30th birthday of serving people and saving lives by bringing back the Chocolate Classic after a two-year long break,” RESPONSE’s executive director Logan Hood said in a statement.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for those younger than 18. The Cocoa Lounge VIP party is $125 for couples and $75 for singles. VIP tickets includes drinks, appetizers, a DJ and early entry to the event.