Pacific House Chocolate & Wine Lover’s event a sweet success

More than 400 chocolate and wine enthusiasts gathered to indulge in a night of delicious tastings at the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lover’s Evening, February 4 at the Stamford Marriott.   This decadent celebration featured over 55 of Fairfield County’s best chocolatiers, chefs, caterers and boutiques.  Held annually each February, this year’s event raised approximately $27,000 in support of Pacific House emergency men’s shelter and their mission to provide safe overnight shelter and meals for men and young adults who are homeless and a wide range of support services to assist both men and women achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency and lead more fulfilling lives.

Guests at this year’s event enjoyed a wide variety of chocolate treats, trendy cocktails and savory bites.  Delicacies ranged from gourmet chocolate truffles and raspberry-coconut dark chocolate cups to flavorful parmesan truffle potato chips and fresh hand rolled sushi, specialties from area restaurants.

Chef Plum of Plum Luv Foods was the evening’s emcee, encouraging guests to sample unique tastings and participate in the drawing for luxurious raffle prizes, including a trip to Las Vegas and gourmet food and wine baskets.

And for those that like to shop, there was a wide selection of must-have boutique shopping to choose from.  Trendy clothing, designer accessories and exceptional jewelry were all on hand from shops throughout the state, taking the stress out of Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

“It’s a great night and a lot of fun,” said Andrew Barer, Development Director of Shelter for the Homeless.  “Funds raised tonight will keep the shelter open 365 days a year, providing clients with a safe place to sleep, hot meals and a shower as well as services such as job training, counseling, and housing placement.”

“We don’t have a shelter in Greenwich,” said Caroline Smit of Greenwich United Way.  Supporting the community is what we do and we’re so thankful that the Pacific House shelter is available.”

“We’re of course pleased to partner with the shelter, as we partner with many organizations in the community,” said Robert Granata, president and COO, First County Bank.  “The shelter is vital to the health of the area, and we will partner with them for many years to come” he said.  First County Bank sponsored the evening’s VIP reception, which took place just prior to the event.

Pacific House would like to thank this year’s generous event sponsors: First County Bank, Webster Bank, GE Asset Management, First Niagara Foundation and Olympus Partners; as well as our media partners: Moffly Media, Star 99.9, CTbites, Hey Stamford and OMNOMCT.

Vendors that participated in the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lover’s Evening included: A Chef’s Choice, Alina’s Patisserie, Aux Delices, Bad Louie’s Fudge, BarBQ Stamford, BevMax, Connecticut Cookie Company, Crazy Grapes, CT Distributors: Patron Spirits – Somrus Indian Cream Liqueur, Cupcakes for a Cause, Cutco at Home, Darien Social, DiMare Pastry Shop & Café, Dr. Leonaura Rhodes, Drinx Unlimited, Fairfield Theatre Company with Palm Beer, Forever Sweet Bakery, Fruta Juice Bar, Eventi Café, Goldenberry Gourmet, Izzi B’s Allergen Free Bakery, J. Hilburn Menswear, Jewelry 4 Less, Juice Plus+, Katia Boutique, Kona Grill, Le Rouge Chocolates & Cakes by Aarti, Lincoln Culinary Institute, Lofttan, Longford’s Ice Cream, Maple Craft Foods, LLC, McFadden’s Saloon, Melina’s Bowtique, NNI art stuff, Northeast Nutmeg, Plum Gems, Renewal by Anderson, Sabita Holistic Center, Shearwater Organic Coffee Roasters, Shelter for Homeless/Yellow Tail Wines, Somrus Indian Cream Liqueur, Sophistication Is Overrated, Stamford Marriott, Stamford Wine, Star 99.9, Sunshine Gifts, Sweet Lisa’s, Ten Twenty Post, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Tschudin Chocolates, Whipped Up and Wyndam Vacation Resorts.

About Shelter for the Homeless

Pacific House is the only regional men’s emergency shelter, serving the towns of Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan and Darien.  Since 1985 the organization has served our area by providing food, temporary shelter and an array of support services to homeless men, including Workforce Development, Recovery Program, and Job Readiness Training. Shelter case managers work with each individual that comes to the shelter to help them reach the goal of obtaining housing and becoming more self-sufficient.

Visit www.ShelterForHomeless.org to learn more.

Enjoying sweets and shopping at the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening.  Left to Right: Britta Calkosz (Greenwich), Diane Borjes (Fairfield), Laura Roberts (Fairfield), Maureen Ducret (Greenwich) and Kim Sushon (Greenwich).

Enjoying sweets and shopping at the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening. Left to Right: Britta Calkosz (Greenwich), Diane Borjes (Fairfield), Laura Roberts (Fairfield), Maureen Ducret (Greenwich) and Kim Sushon (Greenwich).

Norwalk Bakery, Forever Sweet, shares one of their delicious cupcakes.

Norwalk Bakery, Forever Sweet, shares one of their delicious cupcakes.

Over 400 chocolate and wine enthusiasts gathered to indulge in a night of delicious tastings at the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lover’s Evening to benefit Pacific House Shelter.

Over 400 chocolate and wine enthusiasts gathered to indulge in a night of delicious tastings at the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lover’s Evening to benefit Pacific House Shelter.

Members of Greenwich High School’s Help for the Homeless Club volunteer for the evening.  Left to Right: Sammy Gould and Ella Cooper, both in 11th grade.

Members of Greenwich High School’s Help for the Homeless Club volunteer for the evening. Left to Right: Sammy Gould and Ella Cooper, both in 11th grade.

First County Bank sponsored the evening’s VIP reception, pictured here are members of their executive team, left to right: Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., Karen M. Kelly and Robert Granata.

First County Bank sponsored the evening’s VIP reception, pictured here are members of their executive team, left to right: Reyno A. Giallongo, Jr., Karen M. Kelly and Robert Granata.

 

 

 

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