Chocolate cravings are as common as they come, and opportunities to sate them are easy enough to find. But Chocolate Sunday, the fundraiser for WYES TV coming up June 7, takes the infatuation with the stuff to a whole different level.
This is no everyday indulgence but an annual extravaganza built on the joy of eating chocolate and also the glee of playing around with it.
How else to explain items on offer this Sunday like “Cajun Crawtator Bark,” a salty-sweet-spicy collaboration of Blue Frog Chocolates and Zapp’s Potato Chips? How else to understand a gathering to graze on such creations as salty chocolate caramel cups (Voodoo Sweets), chocolate-covered fortune cookies (Mynnye Chocolates), chocolate sno-balls (NOLA Snow), Nutella crepes (Crepes a la Cart), chocolate shoe soles (Chez RuRene Bakery), chocolate-filled Lebanese cookies (Odi’s Moises Delicacies) and dark chocolate tarts with Earl Grey caramel (Windowsill Pies), all under one roof?
This year’s Chocolate Sunday starts at 3 p.m. (or 2 p.m. on the VIP ticket) at the New Orleans Lakefront Airport (6001 Stars and Stripes Blvd.), in its beautifully restored Art Deco gem of a terminal. Dozens of restaurants, candy makers, caterers and others will bring their sample-sized chocolate treats, and the pay-one-price ticket includes drinks. Others on hand will serve savory items, though the chocolate spell seems to have taken hold here too. The line-up promises andouille sausage dipped in chocolate (Chappy’s Restaurant), for instance, and jambalaya fritters with a mole sauce. (Cook Me Somethin’ Mister with El Guapo Bitters).
Between bouts of chocolate, you can get a brief guided tour of the airport. Ticket are $35 ($50 for VIP), and available at wyes.org, at Blue Frog Chocolates at 5707 Magazine St., or by calling WYES at (504) 486-5511. Must be 21 or over to attend.
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