Chocolate Classic |

Chocolate Classic

May Selby
9: A cast of Oompa Loompas channeling "Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." Aubree Dallas photo.
Aubree Dallas |

The 20th annual Chocolate Classic took place on Feb. 12 in the chic ballroom at the Hotel Jerome. Presented by Aspen Peak, the delectable affair drew more than 250 guests and 30 chocolatiers all vying for prizes from a panel of judges and approval from the crowd, who paraded through the room sampling sweets. The illustrious judges included Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, freelance writer Ali Margo and Aspen Peak publisher Alexandra Halperin, among others, who deemed Casa Tua first, Aspen Meadows second and Caribou Club third and doled out honorable mentions to Gwyn’s High Alpine, the Upper Crust, Killer Cakes, 39 Degrees, Cache Cache, Bootsy Bellows, Youth Entity and BB’s Kitchen. The Caribou Club’s concoction was a hit around the room, also picking up the People’s Choice Award from the audience vote.

The Chocolate Classic is a benefit for Response, an Aspen-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Pastry chefs from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley donated their time and resources to take part in the special evening, while guests showed their support through purchasing tickets and taking part in a silent auction.

To learn more about Response, visit or call 970-920-5357.

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