Never underestimate the power of chocolate. The end product of roasted and ground cocoa beans, is more than a mere indulgence. There are a myriad of powers that this sweet brown block possesses. In small doses, chocolate contains heart healthy antioxidants that are heart healthy. In liquid form it has the power to warm; while scooped into a frozen state it has the power to cool. During times of sorrow it can often heal; or it can act as a centrepiece for a celebration of life. Chocolate also has the power to raise awareness and funds for important causes, just as it did with the recent Chocolate Ball in Toronto, followed up by The Chocolate Ball Vaughan. Two decadent events that harnessed the power of chocolate in support of prostate and breast cancer initiatives.
The Toronto Chocolate Ball with its 10th anniversary theme of “Cirque du Chocolate” showcased the confection in a manner better than any circus I’ve ever attended. Held at the Eglinton Grand the spotlight shone on chocolate stations with epicurean selections such as white chocolate cotton candy, and salted caramel truffles from The Nutty Chocolatier, Xocai Chocolates, M Thompson Chocolates, chocoStyle Chocolates and Indulgence Truffles. Chocolate turned into the star of the show with dessert stations by Chocolish Events and Entertainment, Dolce Boutique and Dolcini that featured treats such as macarons, mousse and pastries. The chocolate spectacle continued with savoury sensations: the shawarma truffle (dark chocolate lamb ganache and white chocolate baba ganache created by Chef Imran and Chef Albert of the The Food Alchemists; and vegetarian white chocolate sushi created by Chef Russell of Penthouse Catering. In between all the sweet samples guests had the opportunity to purchase mystery bags and raffles tickets, bid on silent auction items, dress up for fun photo booth pictures and enjoy entertainment provided by The Toronto Dance Company.
The cocoa coordinates shifted north a few short weeks later for The Chocolate Ball Vaughan themed “All Roads Lead to Chocolate”. The event which celebrated its 5th anniversary and was held at Chateau Le Jardin, mapped out a chocolicious menu of both sweet and savory sensations. The evening began on Hors D’Oevres Rue with rocky road martinis being circulated along with chicken and beef satays with chocolate dipping sauce. This was followed up by a turn on Antipasto Avenue which among its appetizing array featured a tomato chocolate bisque. The trip to Pasta Place was made memorable with gnocchi served in a white chocolate cream sauce which then lead to the ribs with chocolate barbecue sauce that were enjoyed on Main Street. The final destination on this cocolicious journey was Decadent Dessert Dr., boasting sweet and succulent treats from Purdy’s Chocolatier, Sweet Boutique, Succulent Chocolates, La Rocca Creative Cakes, The Big Cannoli, and Il Porcellino Italian Restaurant. Among the indulgences were zeppole, cannoli, cookies, truffles, cakes, a smores station and chocolate fountain. Attendees were also treated to performances by BAS Sophistication in Salsa; chocolate hand massages from Glama Gals and the opportunity to dance the night away with D.J. Emporium.
Two delectable evenings that gave back in great ways. Buon Appetito!