Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival to celebrate 25 years at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe

Special to the Sun
Caitlin Jackson, a Project MANA community outreach coordinator, had her hands full at the 2012 Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA invite the community to a Silver Soiree to mark the Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival’s 25th anniversary. The Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival will be held Nov. 2, 7-10:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom.

Guests will enjoy an evening brimming with sumptuous chocolate creations by 10 of Lake Tahoe’s finest culinary artists, mouth-watering appetizers by Hyatt chefs and boutique wine tasting, featuring an array of hand-selected wines designed to complement the confections being served.

Bid on tantalizing items in a live and silent auction and cast your vote for your favorite chocolate and wine. There is even a chance to win a wheelbarrow of wine.

The first Chocolate Festival was held in 1988 and included a handful of chocolatiers. Over the years, the festival has grown to be a community favorite, as guests delight in chocolate culinary genius by local chefs. Community favorites will return, including Mr. Z’s Homemade Candies, Dorinda’s Chocolate Café, Jake’s on the Lake, Sunnyside, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. Chocolatiers participating for the first time including The Resort at Squaw Creek and the award-winning chef from The Rustic Lounge at Cedar Glen Lodge in Tahoe Vista.

Chocolatiers will compete for prizes including “Most Decadent,” “Most Original Taste,” “Creative Use of Ingredient,” “Best Tabletop Presentation” and the coveted “People’s Choice.”

Tickets are $85 in advance and $95 at the door, available at Eight VIP tables are available for purchase at a cost of $1,200, which includes the entry fee for up to eight people. To purchase VIP seating, please call 775-298-0010.


Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA are partnering for the fifth year in a row to host the signature fundraiser — one that has become a true collaboration success. This fundraiser supports vital programs from Incline Village to Kings Beach to Tahoe City to Truckee, including the community’s only 24-hour Helpline, the Mt. Rose Safe House, victim support services, violence prevention and education, food distribution, and nutrition education.


Tahoe SAFE Alliance and Project MANA respectfully request that community-minded businesses support the fundraiser by donating items for the auction or through a sponsorship. Both organizations rely on sponsorships to fund important programs that keep Tahoe safe, healthy and fed. Sponsorships start at $250 and each level offers rewards and recognition for businesses.

For more information on how to donate or sponsor the 25th Annual Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival visit or call 775-298-0169.


Tahoe SAFE Alliance, a nonprofit organization, has provided services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse since 1985. The agency believes every person has the right to live a life free of violence. The agency works to empower victims in reclaiming those rights by providing safety, advocacy, education and support. Visit


Project MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible) is a hunger relief nonprofit organization serving the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe and Truckee, which includes the coverage of three counties in Northern California and one county in Northern Nevada. Since its inception in July of 1991, Project MANA has responded to the emergency food need of the homeless, the elderly, the homebound, families in need, children and single parents. Visit

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