Chocolate Buffet Fund-Raiser: A Taste Of Heaven

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A taste of heaven, a moment of sanity, a sweet smile, clearly chocolate serves a higher purpose. What purpose? Inspiring those calorie-burning walks around the park? Actually, in this case it helped raise money for a good cause at an event hosted by volunteers at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church last Friday evening.

“We are trying to help women and children, both locally and internationally ... we raise money to do that by bringing all the decadent desserts together, chocolate desserts,” explained Debbie Stanton, head coordinator of such fund-raising events at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The volunteers at St. Paul’s invited the public to join their chocolate buffet to support a variety of outreaches, including a girl in Indonesia and St. Andrew’s Children’s Clinic in Nogales.

For only $10, each visitor received a box to fill with chocolate desserts.

Organizers also raffled off a “chocolate” quilt, made from chocolate-related fabric, to bolster the building fund for the future home of St. Paul’s.

Last year, the raffle brought in around $1,200 and the dessert boxes around $700. Stanton hoped to match that total this year.

A mouth-watering array of chocolate delicacies were made, prepared and arranged by numerous volunteers, members of the church. Brownies, truffles, chocolate cakes, chocolate mousses and cookies were only some of the treats offered.

Chocolate wine, an infusion of red wine and chocolate, was among the most unique items presented.

“We’ve never run out of desserts,” expounded Stanton.

Among the most popular desserts were the various types of fudge, the Oreo truffles, and the chocolate bourbon cake with a bourbon cream sauce.

All of the desserts not only looked fabulous, but also tasted heavenly.

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