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For the Love of Chocolate Foundation awards scholarships to students in the full-time programs taught by The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago, promoting commitment in pastry arts education for individuals looking to change careers, as well as individuals who have shown potential in the culinary field but have no formal pastry education.

2012 Cocoa Venetian Carnival

Saturday, February 25, 2012  •  Chicago, IL
Ticket Price: $200 (includes food & drink)

7:00pm - 11:00pm Black Tie Attire

Cocoa Venetian Carnival : Sweet as Sin : Cocoa Candy Land 
Confectiatory : Chocolate Spa : Chocolate Sutra
Entertainment : Photography : Event Sponsors : Special Thanks

 

Transport yourself to a raucous night in Venice during Carnival, where elegance and mischief meet.  Join the fun by donning a mask, playing with Redmoon Theatre, and admiring Carnival-inspired chocolate designs as they come down the runway.

 

Fashion
Designers

B True Bakery Brady Braden
B True Bakery produces all-natural, whole grain baked goods with incomparable flavor and remarkably rich texture. Our products are naturally free of trans-fats and enriched, refined flours. Our whole grain sweets are a delicious indulgence you can enjoy with peace of mind. Breakfast is a great time to increase your daily whole grain consumption and our varied selection of morning pastries will surely please any member of your family. Our rustic artisan breads are made with a wide variety of grains and flours, providing a multitude of flavors and textures for you to enjoy.

www.btruebakery.com

Calihan Catering • Pedro Gomez
Calihan Catering emphasizes creative gourmet cuisine, impeccable service and innovative event concepts that set the mood and spirit for memorable events. For over twenty years our clients have come to rely on our gourmet culinary expertise for intimate dinners, personalized weddings, corporate events, social fundraisers and contractual dining.
www.calihancatering.com
College of Dupage • Chris Thielman
Since its inception in 1967, College of DuPage has matured into something very special. It's a community college with far-reaching impact. We're firmly rooted in the community that provides our mandate, yet committed to reflecting the needs and demands of an ever-changing world.
Beyond all other considerations, though, we are educators, devoted to the idea that knowledge is transformative. We believe there are few things more powerful than a mind engaged. We are excited by the possibilities ignited when knowledge is imparted through meaningful discourse, in the service of realizing each and every one of our community member's full potential.
www.cod.edu

The French Pastry School • Joshua Johnson
The French Pastry School at the City Colleges of Chicago is a culinary institute dedicated solely to the art of pastry. The school was co-founded in 1995 by internationally acclaimed Master Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F., who teach the school's six-month L'Art de la Patisserie program along with a roster of award-winning Chef Instructors. Offering the finest pastry training in the United States, the school produces the best-prepared chefs entering the profession. The foundation of instruction is the European artist-apprentice teaching model, which employs constant exposure to master chefs, hands-on training and the use of the finest tools and ingredients.

www.frenchpastryschool.com • 312.726.2419

The French Pastry School • Scott Green
The French Pastry School at the City Colleges of Chicago is a culinary institute dedicated solely to the art of pastry. The school was co-founded in 1995 by internationally acclaimed Master Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F.,

who teach the school's six-month L'Art de la Patisserie program along with a roster of award-winning Chef Instructors. Offering the finest pastry training in the United States, the school produces the best-prepared chefs entering the profession. The foundation of instruction is the European artist-apprentice teaching model, which employs constant exposure to master chefs, hands-on training and the use of the finest tools and ingredients.

www.frenchpastryschool.com • 312.726.2419

Harborside International Golf Course • Don Zajac
Located just 16 minutes from the downtown loop area, Harborside brings championship style links golf, open to the public, to Chicago’s doorstep. No other course in the area can combine the rugged links exterior, with sculpted fairways and manicured greens that make Harborside the finest choice for locals and travelers to enjoy traditional links golf.

www.harborsideinternational.com

Hota • Erin Winston
Hota is a neighborhood restaurant located off the Central Street shopping district of Evanston. At Hota you will find fun, cosmopolitan fare with an emphasis on American, Latin, and Spanish flavors. Owned by Executive Chef Jonadab Silva and Pastry Chef Erin Silva Winston, Hota is a chef driven restaurant that focuses on quality local products, and offers a balance of fun new culinary techniques and hearty traditional fare. Hota is a perfect location for a night out, a family dinner, or a lunch date with friends.

www.hotarestaurant.com

Jewell Events Catering • Michael Washer
We provide first class event management services, classic and contemporary cuisine and impeccable service to the social, philanthropic and corporate markets. Our deep knowledge of event logistics is unparalleled.
We are proud of our history and of the illustrious clients we've been chosen to serve. But we never lose sight of the most important client -- the one whose party we're doing right now. Whether plans call for an elegant dinner for 12 or a full-scale gala for 1000, we have the experience, knowledge and creative panache to make an event beautiful, stylish and memorable.
A leader in Chicago Catering, we're proud to have served top business leaders, royalty and every U.S. President for the last 30 years. No matter how small or large your event, know that it will be handled by the best. Find out more about our exquisite at

www.georgejewell.com

JMPUREPASTRY • Jimmy and Julie MacMillan

JMPUREPASTRY promotes high quality, well designed pastry product for the restaurant and baking industry. JMPUREPASTRY assists with menu design, recipe development, special equipment acquisition and designing pastry kitchens.
For more information on JMPUREPASTRY services, visit:
www.jmpurepastry.com

Joliet Junior College • Andy Chlebana
Joliet Junior College, the nation’s first public community college, offers pre-baccalaureate programs for students planning to transfer to a four-year university. A comprehensive community college, JJC provides occupational education leading directly to employment, adult education and literacy programs, workforce development services, and student support services.

www.jjc.edu

Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen • Javier Trujillo
Kaufman’s specializes in Eastern European breads and pastries – and a deli counter, which has become a landmark in the Chicago area. Located at 4905 W. Dempster St. in Skokie, IL., Kaufman’s was chosen as one of the top 10 bakeries in the country by USA Today. We’ve received awards from North Shore Magazine and Restaurant News; our bagels were even flown to Hong Kong for the Hilton’s Grand Opening of their most prestigious 5-star hotel, the Conrad Hilton International Hong Kong.

www.kaufmansdeli.com

Labriola Baking Company • David Castillo
Founded in Alsip, Illinois in 1993, Labriola Baking Company was inspired by the chef’s desire to recreate the sensuous experience of eating an artisanal, European loaf of bread. Driven by a passion for quality and authenticity, the Labriola team has grown because of the pride and happiness they derive from their creations. Working as a family, they continue to expand and refine their breads, eager to always be learning. It’s their individuality, personality and common goals that makes Labriola Baking Company unique.

www.labriolabaking.com

Le Flour • Nicole Bujewski
le Flour Bake Shop is a bakery in Edison Park on Chicago's Northwest side, serving house-made breakfast pastries, cafe style lunches, French inspired desserts, and special occasion cakes.

www.leflour.com

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile •
Cheryl Brookhouzen
Situated on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, this hotel is within walking distance to the Windy City's top attractions. With 65,000 square feet of versatile event space, this Chicago hotel creates the perfect elegant setting for business engagements, social gatherings, and wedding receptions. Featuring a truly unique culinary department, team members make 95% of the food from scratch including curing meats, brewing beer, making cheese, as well as, crafting breakfast pastries and wedding cakes. The hotel utilizes produce from local farmers and boasts their own on-site butcher shop, 24 hour pastry kitchen, herb garden and honey bee hives.

www.marriott.com • 312.836.0100

Muller & Muller Architectes • Mindy Viamontes, David Steele, and Kaitlin Streyle
Attention to your project, good management, on time, on budget results are all things you should expect and demand. Thoughtful and creative design is essential for any project to be successful, as is a staff of professionals who border on the obsessive to ensure that project objectives are met. At Muller + Muller we have over twenty years of experience providing all of all the above and more to a variety of demanding and driven clients. We take nothing for granted, as we are aware that we are only as good as our last best effort.

www.muller2.com

Normy's Confection Collection • Norm Miller
Chef Norm's pet project, Normy's Confection Connection, became reality in 2007 with the sucessful launch of a new artisan chocolate line. Starting as a busyboy at a local award winning restaurant to pay for college, Norm found his love for the food industry, especially pastries. His passion of cooking and knowledge led him to The French Pastry School in Chicago, which has proved to be an invaluable asset to his career.

www.thenormy.com • 937.609.0508

Pierre’s Bakery • Manny Guzman
Pierre's Bakery is a family owned business. Pierre's Bakery has a third generation team which masters the baking industry. Pierre's bakery is premier of arts in pastries and cakes. Top quality ingredients are obtained to prepare exceptional baking products.Pierre's Bakery has participated in the Taste of Chicago for several years. Pierre's Bakery has been selected to participate for The Love of Chocolate with French pastry school and the auto show in Chicago. Pierre's bakery hosts it's own bridal expo.Pierre's bakery specializes in European artesian breads. Wedding cakes birthday cakes, sweet 16 cakes, Gelato, French pastries, cookies, Mexican and American pastries.

www.pierres-bakery.com

Pomegranate Sweets & Savory • Mamata Reddy
From gourmet and decorated cupcakes and cookies to wedding cakes, jams, and sauces, Pomegranate is your one-stop shop for made-to-order sweet treats and savory goodness. We use only natural ingredients, such as butter, pure cane sugar, and unbleached and whole-grain flours. Our goal is to provide you with delectable but healthful sweet and tasty goodness for everyday needs or easy entertaining. We are happy to ship select items anywhere in the United States and can make deliveries in the greater Chicago area.

www.sweetpom.com

Renaissance Hotels • Ben Walker
From gourmet and decorated cupcakes and cookies to wedding cakes, jams, and sauces, Pomegranate is your one-stop shop for made-to-order sweet treats and savory goodness. We use only natural ingredients, such as butter, pure cane sugar, and unbleached and whole-grain flours. Our goal is to provide you with delectable but healthful sweet and tasty goodness for everyday needs or easy entertaining. We are happy to ship select items anywhere in the United States and can make deliveries in the greater Chicago area.

www.marriott.com

Sweet Whimsy • Josh Baudin
You are sure to be charmed by our French inspired pastry shoppe in historic Long Grove! Our pastries are created with the highest quality ingredients and made with precise expertise and passion.

www.swpastry.com

Tiny Lounge • Jennifer Templeton

www.tinylounge.com

Trump International Hotel & Tower - Chicago • Sarah Kosikowski
Let Trump be your guide on your next trip to Chicago. The Trump International Hotel & Tower® offers a multitude of Chicago hotel deals and vacation packages to suit the every whim and need of our guests. Our Chicago hotel deals and specials invite you to explore Chicago and enjoy the best the city has to offer, while enjoying the luxurious amenities and services of our hotel. Our vacation packages offer the ultimate hotel deals in Chicago.

www.trumpchicagohotel.com

Union League Club of Chicago • Jessica Weiss
The Union League Club of Chicago is a private membership club in the Loop that has been a part of the Chicago community for over 135 years. Established in 1879 to uphold the sacred obligations of citizenship, promote honesty and efficiency in government, and support cultural institutions and the beautification of the city, the Club has been a contributing partner in the growth and development of Chicago. Through the efforts of its dynamic membership, the Club has been a catalyst for action in nonpartisan political, economic and social arenas – focusing its leadership and resources on important social issues..
www.ulcc.org
Vanille Patisserie • Sophia Evanoff
A gourmet French pastry shop in the heart of Chicago, Vanille Patisserie creates artful pastries that combine classic European traditions with modern flavors for the contemporary palette. French for vanilla, Vanille (vah-NEE) provides a variety of carefully crafted creations, personalized wedding and special occasion cake consultation, handmade chocolates and candies, delicious entremets (mousse cakes) and luscious tarts. Vanille is owned and operated by Dimitri and Keli Fayard, a graduate of The French Pastry School.
www.vanillepatisserie.com
• 773.868.4574
Vosges Haut-Chocolat • Bethanny Crocker
Vosges Haut-Chocolat welcomes you to an experiential realm of storytelling through the medium of chocolate. By means of esteemed craftsmanship and conscious innovation, we inspire you to interact with the world in a different way.
www.vosgeschocolate.com

Westmoreland Country Club • Laura Parsons
From the very beginning, the “Westmoreland Experience” has been centered on offering a setting, facilities and activities that attract families.
In short we have always been, and we expect to remain for generations
to come, a family Club.
“Here, set apart only by plantings and a fence, is a place to catch your breath. To play a little golf, grab a racquet or a paddle, swim a lap or three. To have a drink and a great dinner. To laugh, to dance, to party. To walk among the flowers and live the best of life.”

www.westmorelandcc.org

Celebrity Models
B96 • Rebecca Ortiz
Born and raised in IL, Rebecca has been an on-air radio personality for 8 years, spending the last 3 ½ years at WBBM-FM Chicago - B96.

She is also the host of the CBS Radio Community service show, “Chicago Connection,” which highlights events, fundraisers and organizations in the Chicagoland area.

CBS • Mai Martinez
Mai Martinez co-anchors CBS 2′s weekend evening newscasts and serves as general assignment reporter during the week. Martinez joined the CBS 2 team in May of 2006. Before working at CBS 2, Martinez served as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WBRC-TV (FOX) in Birmingham, Alabama. While working for WBRC, Martinez spent eight weeks in Aruba covering the disappearance of Natalee Holloway for WBRC, Fox News Channel and CNN, often landing exclusive interviews. Her reports were picked up worldwide, and upon her return from Aruba, she continued to work as a frequent contributor to Fox News Channel.

www.chicago.cbslocal.com

City Clerk of Chicago • Susana Mendoza
Susana Mendoza was sworn in as City Clerk of Chicago on May 16, 2011 and is the first woman ever elected to the Office of the City Clerk. Before City Clerk, she proudly served six terms as a Democratic member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011, representing the 1st District of Illinois - which includes the Chicago communities of Brighton Park, Little Village, Gage Park, and Back of the Yards. As an Illinois State Representative, she has been publicly recognized for her leadership and legislation on social services, education, law enforcement and job creation.

www.susanamendoza.com
WGN-TV • Rochelle Vayo Adkinson
Host/Producer, Bring it Home
www.chicagohomemag.com/Chicago-Home/Bring-It-Home

Participating Chefs

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
Situated on Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile, this hotel is within walking distance to the Windy City's top attractions. With 65,000 square feet of versatile event space, this Chicago hotel creates the perfect elegant setting for business engagements, social gatherings, and wedding receptions. Featuring a truly unique culinary department, team members make 95% of the food from scratch including curing meats, brewing beer, making cheese, as well as, crafting breakfast pastries and wedding cakes. The hotel utilizes produce from local farmers and boasts their own on-site butcher shop, 24 hour pastry kitchen, herb garden and honey bee hives.

www.marriott.com • 312.836.0100

NoMI
Impeccable service from sincere and approachable staff. A commitment to the culture of great food. Flavours inspired by the seasons. Regionally-sourced ingredients. That’s what you’ll find when you dine at Park Hyatt Chicago’s NoMI Kitchen. Boasting a Michelin star and long considered one of downtown Chicago’s best restaurants, NoMI has undergone a full renovation to be reborn as a casually elegant dining destination for locals and hotel guests alike. 

www.NoMIRestaurant.com

Rivers Casino
At Rivers Casino, step into the excitement of nearly 1,050 slots and 48 table games. Find all of your favorites and so much more on our entirely non-smoking 43,000 square foot gaming floor.

www.playrivers.com

Takashi
Takash features contemporary French-American fare with Japanese influences, a mixture of Chef Takashi's previous ventures working in large, world class establishments, most notably Okada at Wynn Las Vegas and Tribute in Detroit, Michigan. The atmosphere is unique in that it allows for a more personal dining experience, combining the cuisine and service of a fine dining establishment with the warmth and accessibility of a neighborhood tavern.

www.takashichicago.com

Vanille Patisserie
A gourmet French pastry shop in the heart of Chicago, Vanille Patisserie creates artful pastries that combine classic European traditions with modern flavors for the contemporary palette. French for vanilla, Vanille (vah-NEE) provides a variety of carefully crafted creations, personalized wedding and special occasion cake consultation, handmade chocolates and candies, delicious entremets (mousse cakes) and luscious tarts. Vanille is owned and operated by Dimitri and Keli Fayard, a graduate of The French Pastry School.
www.vanillepatisserie.com • 773.868.4574

Zarlengo's Italian Ice and Gelato
Zarlengo Inc., founded in 1983, has made a commitment to the manufacture of quality frozen desserts. All Italian Ice and Gelato recipes are made using the freshest ingredients available. Additionally, Zarlengo’s has a wide variety of hand-made ice cream novelties. Production at Zarlengo’s is done so in small batches to ensure the optimum quality and freshness of its products. The retail aspect of Zarlengo’s is open seasonally. However, wholesale and foodservice items can be purchased year-round.
www.zarlengositalianice.com • 708.754.9080