"Save A Life, Eat Chocolate", it's not a new diet plan slogan, this Friday February 11th
eating chocolate can really save a life. I have teamed with Chef Omar
Martinez of Dessert Concepts to assist
non-profits through special fundraising and awareness events showcasing Martinez's unique
culinary creations. "Everything Chocolate" will launch this joint venture
February 11 at 7 p.m. at the Silversmith Hotel, 10 South Wabash in the loop, with an
event to assist Big Love, Little Hearts. Advance tickets are $40 ($50 at the door). Advance tickets can be purchased at www.chocolate2011.eventbrite.com
Chef Martinez is a pastry chef who appeared on the
television show Food Network Challenge
competing against chefs from
around the country in a dessert creation competition. He honed his culinary
skills at the famed Johnson & Wales University and after graduating
interned at some of the finest bakeries and country clubs in the Chicagoland
area.Desert Concepts specializes in pastries that resemble works of art for
events and special occasions, the goal of the joint venture is to provide
culinary delights and marketing services for non-profits nationally.
The launch event, "Everything Chocolate," will feature six
different food stations with cakes, pastries, candies and much more. The event
will also feature a prize drawing for a trip for two to Last Vegas, DJs
Hillary Rawk and Adonis Childs spinning throughout the night and a special
blindfolded couples tasting by author/relationship coach Yolanda "Yanni" Brown
(Making Love Better Begins Within). Also selections by Chef Aleta Williams of Loquacious Catering. Sponsors include Cora Italian Specialties and Youswoop.
The designated charity Big Love, Little Hearts supports
children born in third world countries with congenital heart defects (CHD), a
condition that affects 1 in 100 children worldwide. It is the first and only
organization that matches children with CHD who need life saving surgery but do
not have access to proper care with organizations, surgeons and healthcare
professionals who donate their time, talent and resources to perform these
repairs for free. For more information visit www.big-love.org . The organization was founded in 2008 by Estrella Rosenberg in honor of
her sister who died of an undetected heart defect. Last year, the
organization funded over 300 surgeries for children in third world nations.
Today there are over 40 types of heart defects and CHD is the leading cause of
death in children under one year of age.
So you see, eating chocolate can really save lives (along with its other more
well know side effects) I hope you'll come out enjoy the food, music, and
education. This week is CHD Awareness week so what better way to "have a
heart" on this weekend of love (whether you're single or in a relationship) than to help strengthen one through your
For more information about "Everything Chocolate" visit www.everythingchocolate.org,
or call 1-866-533-9884.