It takes a village to build a community #2019Chocolates #bettertogether
Chocolates Galore & More! has quickly become one of the area’s most eagerly anticipated events. With annual attendance of more than 800, the gala has grown into one of the county’s premier fundraising events for YMCA LOUDOUN COUNTY branch.
Loudoun County is increasingly recognized as the dining destination for food lovers in the region. Chocolates Galore & More! features the finest hors-d'oeuvre and dessert creations from local restaurants and caterers! On event night, three professional judges and our guests' sample and judge your culinary creations, awarding Best Presentation and Best Taste in both the dessert and hors-d'oeuvre categories. The event also features: Silent Auction An exciting and popular portion of the event, the auctions feature a collection of unique and exceptional treasures generously donated by favorite local businesses, organizations, and individuals. Music, Dancing, Champagne & More! Live music, dancing, bubbly and a special wine tasting!
It takes a village to build a community #2019Chocolates #bettertogether
Fink's Jewelers understands the importance of serving the communities. As a corporation, and as individuals, they make it a priority to give back to the communities they serve.
For many years, this group has supported our event by contributing a piece of designer jewelry or fine Swiss timepieces in which is offered to our guest through raffle. And each year, we are able to choose one winner who can take the item home to cherish.
Thank you all once again for supporting #2019Chocolates and congratulations to our raffle winner.
Booz Allen Hamilton brings bold thinking and innovative ideas when it comes to consulting, analytics, digital solutions, engineering, and cyber. All while working with diverse group of industries from defense to health and international development. But their biggest contribution is the amount of community support they provide across the board.
Thank you all for once again sponsoring our #2019Chocolates event. They truly empower people to change the world.
Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, opens world of scientific fields by breaking through technical and intellectual barriers and supporting community efforts.
Thank you all once again for supporting us at #2019Chocolates
One of the most exciting parts of the evening is our Silent Auction!
A special Thank you to all those who supported our event this year and donated to our cause!
Girls just want to have fun.
#2019Chocolates is a great reason to get the girls together for a night of philanthropy, free-flowing champagne, and dancing.
AHT Insurance is a full-service insurance brokerage and consulting firm offering property and casualty, employee benefits, retirement, personal and international services for clients throughout the United States.
For many years this group of individuals have supported YMCA Loudoun Countyand we hope you all enjoyed yourselves at #2019Chocolates
We hope to see you again next year
We were dancing all night long at #2019Chocolates thanks to DJ Kirk Matrixselecta. The dance floor was #Lit
🎵What a lovely Bella Notte 🎵
We saw so many stars in their eyes at #Chocolates2019 #PerfectDateNight
It takes generations of hard work, dedication, and passion for food to grow a successful business.
With this it should comes as no surprise when this team was selected as #2019chocolates Peoples' Choice for Best Presentation in Hors D'Oeuvre
Congrats to Generations Gourmet LLC and we cannot wait to see you guys next year #2020chocolates
This was the first year in which Waltonwood Ashburn presented. And they did not disappoint our Critics as they were selected for Best Presentation Hors D'Oeurvre!
They provide gourmet meals prepared with the highest quality of ingredients and care, and they create seasonal menus that will suit needs of residents, without sacrificing taste or variety. This teams creations are delicious, nutrient-dense meals that are tailored to residents’ needs.
We hope to see you guys return for #2020Chocolates to compete again for the tilte.
Ladies, let's show them how it's done ✅
These ladies showed up ready for the red carpet. 📸 📸
Looking for something to satisfy your savory side? Well you have spoken and you decided that Eddie Merlot's was the People's Choice Best Taste Hors D'Oeuvre.
They are an upscale contemporary American steakhouse where they strive to provide an Exceptional Experience for all guests.
They offer outstanding cuts of Prime beef including, ribeye, filet mignon, New York strip, as well as unique types of meat, such as bison and wagyu.
All sauces, appetizers, sides, and desserts are made from scratch in the kitchen which is why this win comes as no suprise. We look forward to seeing you guys again next year for #2020Chocolates
Judging isn't easy. But it sure can be tasty. Thanks to our #2019Chocolates panel of judges;
Chef G from Delectable Dining by Chef G
Chef Daniela Moro Williams from Cucinamore, LLC - Italian Cooking Parties
Chef Marcus Repp from Lansdowne Resort and Spa
Jenna Brownell from Whippoorwill Farm to Table
Chef Jason Reaves from Salamander Resort & Spa
Sweetz Bakery has been supporting YMCA Loudoun County for years and consistently comes back to compete.
For many years they have been a crowd favorite, so it comes as no suprise that once again they have taken home the title for both People's Choice Best Taste Dessert and Critics' Choice Best Presentation Desser!
We could not stop hearing the buzz about the macarons and other delicious sweets presented by this group. We look forward to seeing you again next year at #2020Chocolates
This is the second year in which Lady K's Catering, LLC has participated with YMCA Loudoun Chocolates.
But #2019Chocolates was her year as she was the winner for the Critics' Choice Best Taste Dessert
Congrats to her team! We look forward to seeing you again next year to compete for the title again and are sure our guests would love to see what you bring to the table at #2020Chocolates
What make Chocolates Galore & More a tantalizing event: it is more than just great food, free-flowing champagne and music.
It is an opportunity for a diverse group of people to get together, network, or even catch up with long time friends.
Our Judges were raving about 5 Tara - Indian Cuisine owner Vikas Gupta, winner of Critics Choice Best Taste Hors D'oeurver.
For those with pure food indulgence in mind, or want to indulge in the royal flavors of India, make sure to stop by and fill your desires from our critics choice winner, we know you will savor the flavors! #yummy #2019chocolates
#2019Chococlates was one delicious evening filled with sweets and savories! But today we can not help to think about our winner for the People's Choice for Best Presentation for Dessets, Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Their luscious cakes are made with the finest, premium ingredients, including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. Each bite slowly melts in your mouth, calling you back to a day when life was a little sweeter and time passed more slowly.
Congratulations again to the winner of People's Choice for the Best Presentation Dessert France Saunders owner of Nothing Bundt Cakes.
#ThankyouThursday goes to our wonderful group of volunteers from the Loudoun Cares Claude Moore Community Builders and one of our special guest Mrs Leesburg VA 2019- Libby Westphal
Loudoun Cares- Claude Moore Community Builders consistently strive to help build and serve the Loudoun Community by strengthening its nonprofit organizations.
Mrs Leesburg VA 2019 - Libby Westphal is not only the owner and fitness trainer for 110% FIT; she is a top ranked fitness competitor, motivational speaker, and a recognized business leader. Did we mention she is holding the title for Mrs Leesburg VA 2019 and on March 23rd she will be competing for the Crown as Mrs. Virginia
Thank you all for greeting our guests with your warm smiles and coming together to help us make #2019Chocolates the best year yet! #bettertogether #YMCALoudoun #BuildingCommunity
“The YMCA strives to better serve the community, and the Loudoun Times-Mirror has helped us reach many more families across Loudoun County. More than a group of knowledgeable people, they work as a team. A team we can always count on to deliver”
Despite a blustery night with freezing rain, hundreds of people packed the ballroom at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg for the Loudoun County YMCA's 32nd annual Chocolates Galore and More Gala
Thank you Loudoun Now for a great shoutout 😊!
More than 800 people escaped the freezing rain Friday night by packing into Lansdowne Resort’s banquet hall to enjoy some of the county’s best food and a night of partying and giving back to the community. YMCA Loudoun County held its 32nd annual Chocolates Galore & More at Lansdowne Resort a
Thank you Loudoun Times-Mirror for being our media sponsor for #2019chocolates!
We truly appreciate all the hard work and generous support your team provides our organization because everything is #bettertogether
Make sure to pick up the latest issue to stay informed about all things in Loudoun County! And especially to read about the Social Event of the Winter Season (in case your wondering were featured on page 12)
Don't mind us. We are just sitting here reminiscing about #2019Chocolates on this #throwbackthursday
Thank you D3D Entertainment Photography and Videography for helping us capture the night!
This event was amazing. They have it every year at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa and we were honored to be a part of it.
Thank you Photoshoot Fresh for your exciting and interactive photo booth experience at #2019Chocolates.
You can find your great pictures by following the link
This gallery hosted by SmugMug; your photos look better here.
Thank you Andrew Sample for your great work!!! Your pictures are AWESOME!
THank you Brian J. Silver from DC Hot Spots!!! Your pictures are AMAZING!!!
YMCA 32nd Chocolates Galore & More
A little over 3 decades ago the YMCA Loudoun County got the bold idea to partner up with local restaurants and chefs to showcase their culinary talents for the community through a night of music, dance, free-flowing champagne, and culinary bliss.
The recipe of fun, food, and philanthropy was a huge success. Hosted by our premier partner, Lansdowne Resort and Spa, the evening is one of Loudoun’s Finest and Culinary and Social Events of the Winter Season.
#2019Chocolates was a night that we are all going to remember for a very long time! Once again, the event was SOLD OUT, with 850 guests attending! I think we can all agree that “Chocolates” has become the best social event of the Loudoun County winter season!
We would like to take this moment to express our sincere thanks to all who were involved in making this year’s “Chocolates” the best event ever.
First of all, we gratefully acknowledge all of our sponsors:
Lansdowne Resort and Spa, Backflow Technology LLC, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. - Dulles-Leesburg (VA) Alumni Chapter, @draycor, Fireline Corporation, AH&T Insurance, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, M&T Bank, Wells Fargo, FVCbank, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Booz Allen Hamilton, and every single one of our guests who pitched in. You all did wonderful things to help us raise funds for the children in Loudoun. Thanks to you and your generosity, there will be many more smiles on kids’ faces this summer.
And a huge thanks to our presenters! You did an amazing job of creating your delicious masterpieces. The competition was very tough, particularly in the People’s Choice category, which only goes to show that everything was super tasty! Our heartiest congratulations to the winners: Sweetz Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Generations Gourmet LLC, Eddie Merlot's, Lady K's Catering, LLC, Waltonwood Ashburn, 5 Tara - Indian Cuisine
We owe a very big thanks to Lisa Herndon Broyhill As always, you did a wonderful job of leading this event! Your passion for your work was obvious during every minute of the evening, and you were just stunning in your beautiful poppy flower dress!
Speaking of beauty, our very warm thanks to celebrities Mrs Leesburg VA 2019 Libby Westphal, and Mrs. DC America Pageant Leiah Rocheleau who added sparkle and luster to our evening. It was such fun to watch everyone, line up to have their pictures taken with them!
And for the pictures, we are deeply indebted to A. Sample Photography LLC, D3D Entertainment Photography and Videography and DC Hot Spots, Brian J. Silver, who went above and beyond to capture for posterity every single exciting moment of the event. We can’t wait to see and share your photos!
An extra special thanks to our DJ Kirk Matrixselecta! This year, we opted for a DJ rather than a live band, and I must say, it was the best choice ever. Kirk, you really nailed it! Your music selections got the crowd motivated and moving, and really set the tone of the evening. Your added touches of music during the awards ceremony made it really splendid; I think it was the best ever!
Our heartfelt thanks also to our wonderful culinary judges, Marcus Repp, Jason Kristofor Reaves, Jenna Brownell, Daniela Moro Williams, Delectable Dining by Chef G whose professional expertise raised this year’s competition to the next level. You might say that we have the very best “taste” in judges!
And finally, our very sincere thanks to our media sponsors: Loudoun Times-Mirror, Bow Tie Strategies, Inside Loudoun, 92.5 WINC FM, for helping us deliver our message to the world and for giving us the platform, publicity, and attention we needed to make 2019 Chocolates the most recognized and sought-after social event in Loudoun County!
AND THE 2019 WINNERS ARE...
Thank you Inside Loudoun 👍. Excellent live reporting from Chocolates! ❤️
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We have the item of a lifetime on our Silent Auction! Or should we say the flight of their life!
Winner is entitled to a one hour flight in a Hot Air Balloon through The United States Hot Air Balloon Team.
Make sure to check out this item at #2019chocolates and place your bid!
RAIN or SHINE, We Are Celebrating YMCA 32nd Chocolates Galore & More Tomorrow! See you at Lansdowne Resort and Spa
I mean....😅😂 were just getting ready for March 1st.
Just two more days until a night of good food, philanthropy, dancing, free flowing champagne, and so much more #chocolate #2019chocolate
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Our Children's Art Gallery sponsored by Tuscarora Mill Restaurant is coming together and this year we have even sprinkled in some pieces from our YMCA Loudoun County teachers!
Make sure to stop by and place your bid during our Silent Auction for a chance to grab one of these one of a kind pieces of works
See you all March 1st Lansdowne Resort and Spa for @ymcachocolates
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