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28th North Tahoe chocolate, wine festival set for Saturday

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A look at some of the chocolate offerings from last year's festival.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Chocolate candy. Chocolate desserts. There are few foods that can evoke the pleasurable response that chocolate has on the mind and body.

Let's face it, one of the most pleasant effects of eating chocolate is the "good feeling" we get when indulging. People are simply passionate about their chocolate.

If you are a lover of all things chocolate, then get your ticket to the chocolate event of the year, Tahoe SAFE Alliance's 28th Annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival on Saturday, Nov. 5.

You will be able to sample decadent chocolate creations from Tahoe's top chefs including Coffeebar Bakery, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Jake's on the Lake, Small Batch Toffee, Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce and West Shore Market. These culinary artists will compete for 4 awards including People's Choice.

Featuring 16 wineries

What's more decadent then pairing great wine with your chocolate? Most of the wine was hand-picked by Barone Distribution and can be purchased at Village Market in Incline Village.

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The winery participants include Ard Aven Winery, Boisset Collection, Donati Family Vineyards, Dutton Estate Winery, Don Rodolfo, E16 Wine Company, Hahn Family Wines, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, Ideology Cellars, Lone Eagle Cellars, Lucas & Lewellen Vineyards, Madrona Vineyards, Mansfield-Dunne Wines, Nevada City Winery, Opolo Vineyards, Tahoe Blue Vodka, and Westwood Winery.

Jake's on The Lake was a favorite last year taking home several awards including People's Choice. This year, Executive Chef Scott Yorkie is serving an oat and cocoa cooking sandwich stuffed with Cabernet blackberry jelee topped with semisweet chocolate ganache.

"We have participated in this event for many years. It feels great to help others in need and to know that money raised at the Festival will specifically help community members in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee," said Yorkie.

Support Violence Prevention Education to School Children

To further sweeten the evening, guests will have a chance to bid on items in a live and silent auction and contribute to a special Fund-A-Need.

Attendees will have a chance to bid on $5,000 in skin enhancements from Tahoe Medical Spa, a VIP Monterey Jazz Festival weekend, one week in a beach house in Southern California and more.

All money raised during the evening will support violence prevention education to local school children, services for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse, and safe housing.

This year, the theme is Modern Renaissance, as it is an end to an era — Tahoe SAFE Alliance Executive Director Karen Carey is retiring.

Attendees will be delighted as we blend traditional renaissance with a modern twist. Modern theme attire is encouraged, although cocktail dress is also appropriate.

The Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival is 6-10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. Tickets are $125 in advance and $150 at the door.

This article was provided by Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Visit tahoechocolatefestival.org to buy tickets and learn more about the nonprofit.