Mountain Mayhem: Chocolate Classic |

Mountain Mayhem: Chocolate Classic

May Selby
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
May SelbyJessica, Anne, Rebecca, Nee and Katie get decadent at the Chocolate Classic in Aspen.

The 19th annual Chocolate Classic in Aspen appealed to guest of all ages on Thursday, Feb. 12, in the Hotel Jerome ballroom. The benefit evening kicked off with a VIP reception from 5 to 6 p.m. followed by the official celebration from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Guests devoured delectable chocolate desserts in the ballroom and custom cocktails in the Antler bar.

Musicians Dan Ford and High Country set the tone for an enjoyable evening as all arrived. Various restaurants and chefs entered their confections in the chocolate competition, offering their delicacies to the masses to savor and to the judging panel who critiqued them and awarded an array of honors.

All got into the sugary spirit in the name of RESPONSE, a valley nonprofit that helps survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Proceeds from the Classic are directed to the longtime organization and its altruistic mission.

Syzygy pastry chef Lee Liebman put in long hours in preparation for the Classic. Liebman was up till 3 a.m. that morning creating her succulent chocolate truffles, then back in the kitchen at 9:30 a.m. putting on the finishing touches then off to the Jerome to deliver them at 2:30 p.m. Her hard work paid off in spades though as she was presented with an honorary blue ribbon and plenty of compliments from Classic goers.

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