LAFAYETTE — In a sweet, chocolate-filled night, participants will experience more than just desserts at the first Death by Chocolate fundraiser for local food and music education programs.
The event will feature chocolate-inspired delicacies and musical entertainment to support the programs of the Acadiana chapter of the Louisiana Restaurant Association and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
“It’s really a great example of what can happen when you bring together really good collaborative partners and ideas,” said Jenny Krueger, executive director of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music. “The uniqueness that will be created with this event is appealing, which is a good reason for someone to buy a ticket.”
LRA and ASO have teamed up with the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission to host the event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Petroleum Club.
Twenty chefs from well-known locations, like Ruffino’s on the River, Indulge, Charley G’s and Romacelli, will prepare their own chocolate-infused dishes for the event.
Krueger said attendees will get to “taste artistically what each chef felt inspired to create.”
She said participants should expect sweet dishes like white chocolate bread pudding, chocolate chili ganache and chocolate cannoli to make their appearances, but she also warned to expect the unusual.
Savory dishes like Shuck-o-lot shrimp, or “choc-o-lot” shrimp, and chocolate-drizzled ribs also will grace the event’s menu.
“The uniqueness of the food that will be present is what draws people in,” she said. “I can’t say too much, to avoid ruining the surprise. However, I can say the orchestra will also do a surprise performance that you’ve never seen before at any event.”
Three Olives Vodka is sponsoring a drink competition among seven local mixologists, who will create their chocolate specialties in front of the audience. The audience will be able to participate in a tasting and choose a winner at the end of the night.
Specialty chocolate wines and beers will be available for tasting, as well.
A 14-karat gold, mocha diamond jewelry set of dangling earrings and a teardrop necklace from Lee Michaels will be up for grabs through the $25 purchase of a chocolate-covered fortune cookie, which will reveal the winner.
Table sponsorships are available for $1,000 for a table for 10, which includes recognition at the event and a sign at the table.
Individuals can pay $600 to reserve a table for 10. General admission tickets are $40 a person.
Krueger said organizers expect to raise about $50,000, which will not only benefit the continuing education for LRA’s chefs, but half of what is raised will go to scholarships for students who want to study in ASO’s conservatory program.
A percentage of the money also will benefit about 3,000 third- through fifth-graders who participate in ASO’s “Link-Up” program. The program allows teachers in Acadiana to guide their students through active music making in the classroom and to aid them in the composition of their own musical pieces. Twenty-one schools in the area have successfully implemented the program into their classrooms.
“It’s a really different feel from any event we’ve had in the past,” Krueger said of the fundraiser. “We have so much going on at this event that the proceeds for the benefit are really the icing on the cake — no pun intended.”
Seating is limited. For more information, visit www.acadianasymphony.org or call (337) 232-4277, ext. 1.