After nearly three years, the AIDS Foundation Chicago’s World of Chocolate fundraiser returned to Union Station to support the organization’s efforts of helping those living with HIV.
More than 20 chocolatiers and confectioners from restaurants, hotels and bakeries— such as Eli’s Cheesecake, Chocolat Uzma and Vanille Patisserie—created a variety of inventive dishes like braised lamb with chocolate, peanut butter and jelly toffees, and cardamom streusels. The creations were judged by a panel of seven chefs, food writers and local notables including Valerie Beck, Richard Dayhoff, Scott Duff and Candace Jordan. Over 1,000 guests sampled the bites while grooving to the sounds of DJ Moose.
The sweet event garnered $250,000 to further AFC’s mission of providing comprehensive support, including advocacy, housing, medical and food services, and more to those battling HIV.
Chef Blāque claimed the title for “Best Sculpture.”
Livvie Avrick, Emily Smith and Kira Rodriuez
Journey Shannon enjoyed the sweets.
John Peller and Geoffrey Brown
Beto Soberanis and David Neef
Atanas Tzvetkov’s tunes complemented the fare.
Photography by: PHOTOS BY BRISSA DEL MAR AND MYSTIC IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHY