This weekend, February 22nd 2014, the French Pastry School of the Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago hosted a ‘hotsy-totsy’ night to remember. The 9th Annual For the Love of Chocolate Gala was ‘hittin’ on all sixes’ at the exclusive 130-year-old Union League Club in fruitful pursuit of raising scholarships for the French Pastry School students; their successes exceeded a bountiful $180,000 from the 800 guests and donors. With attendees and vendors in full roaring twenties period costume this social event was truly the ‘Cat’s Meow’.
“Puttin’ on the Ritz”: For the ‘top banana’ ticket holders there was a swank four-course dinner reception by Chef Michael Garbin of the Union League Club. Upon arrival the gangsters, moonshiners and madame’s were drawn into an old-fashioned photobooth equipped with bootleg spirits, jazzed cigarette holders and Tommy-guns. The movable feast of desserts was a swingin’ time with limitless dessert tables from the Alumni and supporters of the French Pastry School. In accompaniment of desserts were numerous open bars with specialty drinks via secret password: Swordfish. In attempts to work off the delectable calories we danced the night away with the ‘Real McCoy’ DJ Anacron Allen on the 2nd floor and tapped our toes to a humdinger of a harmonic trio, The Bettys, in the 5th floor Ballroom. For the cats trying to ‘make whoopee’ there was a ‘speakeasy’ Burlesque show by Eva Grandeur to spark the senses. Even with all of these ‘darb’ events happening throughout the Gala there is one last ‘ducky’ showcase that we cannot forget to mention, The Great Gâteau Cake Show by twenty local pastry chefs and students from the After School Matters program in the 2nd floors Heritage Room.
“For the Love of Chocolate Foundation provides scholarships for qualified students in the specialized training of the pastry arts. The foundation awards scholarships to students in the full-time programs taught by The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College. For the Love of Chocolate Foundation promotes commitment in pastry arts education for individuals looking to change careers, as well as individuals who have shown potential in the culinary field but who have no formal pastry education. The goal of the scholarships is to encourage and assist aspiring students, career changers, and culinary career professionals to advance their knowledge of the pastry arts. The program is specifically geared toward individuals who are in need of financial assistance. The French Pastry School’s full-time programs not only trains students in the art of pastry, but they also educate them about the pastry profession.” –http://www.fortheloveofchocolatefoundation.org/about_us.html
The next scholoarships from For the Love of Chocolate Foundation will be awarded to students attending L’Art de la Pâttiserie starting July 9th (Kate and Jake will be attending this start date for the French Pastry School) and L’Art du Gâteau on September 2nd.
All in all the 9th annual For Love of Chocolate Foundation Fundraiser was the cats pajamas, we sipped Champagne and danced into the wee hours of the morning. We even saw French Pastry Schools co founders Chef Sébastein Canonne and Chef Jacquy Pfieffer letting their hair down and shaking their tail-feathers!