No, I’m not getting married (again), but the last 108 days have felt like I was planning some sort of shotgun wedding!
Actually I think planning my wedding at a distance for 100 people may have been easier than planning this fundraiser for 300 guests — but it’s sure felt the same. It also sort of feels like something will be birthed tomorrow when Winnipeg’s 1st Annual Chocoholics’ Buffet launches.
This has definitely been a labour of love and has consumed much more of my time than I expected. Next year I will definitely appreciate the assistance of an organizing committee to enhance and build on this year. It’s been very heartening to see how well received the event has been in the pastry community, by our guests, in the media and especially by United Way of Winnipeg, who have been a HUGE support these last three and half months.
Less than 37 hours from now we will be sitting down to the biggest feast of chocolate desserts in the history of Winnipeg. Wow, perhaps I should’ve checked what the Guinness Book of World Records says about that. We will be featuring more than 3,000 pieces of dessert, that’s 10 desserts per person. How many could you eat?
By the way… we declare the Chocoholics’ Buffet to be a Calorie-Free Zone!
So if you’re on the fence about attending, tickets are still available online right up until 5pm on Saturday. Please come and celebrate chocolate with us, and please consider bringing your best chocoholic friend as you will not want to miss this experience! The vast majority of the funds raised through ticket sales are going straight to United Way as all of our desserts have been donated to this fundraising event.
Can’t make the event but still want to support us?
If you wish, you can make a donation before 5pm tomorrow here.
Next year we will move the event to what appears to be World Chocolate Weekend, so you might want to pen us in for Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 — and start making your plans to visit Winnipeg if you don’t already live here. Tickets will go on sale December 1st on Eventbrite.ca!
Here’s a peek at our 2013 menu just to get you salivating… we’ve already started confirming our 2014 chocolate artists too! So exciting. (click on the company names to learn more about each of our chocolate artists)
All About Cakes
Almond Nougat Cookies – A gourmet thin-layer sandwich of melt in your mouth buttery cookie filled with a thick layer of authentic chocolate nougat
Cookie Monster Chocolate Cake – Just for a little bit of childish fun… this chocolate layer cake was a must have as Cookie Monster is the original chocoholic!
All Seasons Catering
Brownies – Gluten free chocolate brownie with nutella powder, hazelnut brittle and edible gold
Chocolate Salted Caramel Bars
Benjamin’s Gourmet Foods
Chocolate French Pastries – Moist flour-less chocolate cake layered with chocolate Callebaut indulgence filling, giving you a delightful richness both in taste and texture
Café ce Soir French Pastry Café
Chocolate Chili Crème Brûlée – Rich dark Callebaut chocolate and spicy Thai-chili infused creamy goodness that will add just the right zing to your evening
Passion Fruit Chocolate Tarte
Cakettes – Little morsels of our rich chocolate cake, mixed with house-made butter cream, then rolled into little balls and dipped into chocolate
Chocolate Zen Bakery
Sacrapantina Truffle Balls – Espresso buttercream surrounded by our decadent chocolate truffle torte, covered in amaretti cookie and chocolate drizzle. And it’s gluten free!
Chocolate Zen Torte – A layer of chocolate cake topped with a baked creamy chocolate filling. Then topped with chocolate ganache icing, white chocolate curls and fresh strawberries
Chocolate Walnut Torte – Rich & moist chocolate cake layered with silky smooth “buttercream” frosting, crunchy caramelized walnut pieces and coconut ganache that melts in your mouth. Your taste buds will beg for more!
The Cupcake Corner
Mini Chocolate Cupcakes – Scratch made chocolate cake with signature Belgian chocolate buttercream – a delicious classic
Dolce Bake Shop
Chocolate Dulce de Leche Rum Cake – Dark rich moist chocolate cake layered with creamy milk based caramel drizzled with syrup and Cuban golden rum, and topped with chocolate ganache
Double D’s Cheesecake
Chocolate Supreme Cheesecake Bites – An experience your lips will lavish. Light and creamy cheesecake, made with a rich dark cocoa powder, chunks of homemade brownie cookies and milk chocolate chips. Topped with a white and dark chocolate ganache
Fairmont Hotel Winnipeg
Manitoba Honey and Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake – Once you’ve been stung by this rich n’ creamy treat you’ll be buzzing around all night begging for another dose
Chocolate French Macarons – Chocolatey almond shell blends wonderfully with the smoothness of the ganache filling
5-layer Chocolate Cake – Let the tantalizing combination of salted caramel and chocolate ganache tempt your senses in this sky-high creation
High Tea Bakery
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies – Soft brownie-like cookies with a bit of crackle to the outside, but nice and chewy on the inside
Joe Black Coffee Bar
Complimentary Hot Beverage Bar – Rich and creamy hot chocolate and café mocha. Made with our finest Italian espresso, spiked with triple sec or one of our other yummy flavors
Jonnie’s Sticky Buns
Mini Cocoa Nymph Sticky Bun – Chocolate cocoa dough rolled with deliciously dark chocolate, topped with house made English toffee, sea salt, and Jonnie’s chocolate coffee icing
Classic Brownie – Crisp walnuts enveloped in a mouth-watering rich fudge and topped with our decadent dark cocoa icing
Mordens’ of Winnipeg
Russian Mints for everyone!
“Pie-Lattes” – White chocolate, mascarpone & raspberry “Pie-Lattes” mini pies with chocolate filling served with a cold latte shot on the side
Red River College School of Hospitality & Culinary Arts
Chocolate BonBons – Passion fruit and honey enrobed bonbons in Cacao Barry 66% Mexique single origin chocolate created by the talented students and their instructor
Roll Cake Bakery & Dessert
Chocolate Banana Roll Cake – Chocolate sponge cake with chocolate banana mousse filling and top with mash marrow and chocolate décor
Black Forest Roll Cake – Chocolate sponge cake with chocolate chip mousse and cherry and rum jelly filling, top with chocolate ganache and fruit
Chocolate Coconut Twist Fruit Tarts – Chocolate and Coconut mousse with chocolate sponge cake and top with chocolate décor
Cherry Blossom Fruit Tart – White chocolate mousse with cherry source and top with chocolate décor
Red Wine Chocolate Cake – Vanilla scented ricotta cream mellows this silky fair trade chocolate cake infused with the scent of spiced red wine
Sugar Blooms & Cakes
Mango Bravo Cake – Layers of orange cake infused with mango syrup, nestled on chocolate mousse cake and covered with mango Italian buttercream
And if all that wasn’t enough…
We will also be featuring The Gates on Roblin‘s signature chocolate fountain and fresh fruit topiaries.
As well, Lindt Canada has graciously provided us with three of their chocolatiers and a selection of Lindor balls at the Interactive Chocoholics’ Tasting Station to celebrate their one year anniversary in Winnipeg. Do check out their anniversary festivities and huge sale at the store starting Thursday – here are all the details!
Kelly Cattani and her staff from Elements Restaurant and Diversity Catering from the University of Winnipeg will be providing our guests with Chocolate Textures Cuboids, which are chocolate and flavour combos of assorted dipped, filled, and constructed chocolate bites.
I cannot wait to see the whole she-bang of goodies laid out on the Chocoholics’ Buffet for a wonderful evening of all things chocolate. It will be a delight for the senses!
Can’t you just smell all the delicious chocolate aromas now? Hoping you can join us, if not this year… then next! Visit our website later next week to view our Photo Gallery. You can also subscribe to our Chocoholics’ Blog here.
Yours in Chocolate,