For the Love of Chocolate Gala


The Event:

Founded by Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., The French Pastry School is training the pastry artisans of today and tomorrow, sharing with them the recipes and techniques that have made its Chef Instructors some of the best pastry professionals in the world.

Students of The French Pastry School come from across the nation and many parts of the world, and a wide variety of backgrounds. What they share is a passion for pastry. Thanks to the continuing sponsorships and donors to For the Love of Chocolate Foundation, many students, who otherwise would not be able to afford the top education in pastry, are able to apply for scholarships and obtain the training that will enable them to achieve their dreams in a new or continuing career. Click here to view past For the Love of Chocolate scholarship recipients.

Each year, the foundation holds an annual fundraiser to help supply future scholarships. Coming up on February 22, 2014, The French Pastry School will once again host the unique and exciting event, For the Love of Chocolate where guests can experience new themes, innovative entertainment, and delectable bites from the best in Chicago.

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The Results:

A total of 800 Chicagoans attended the 9th Annual For The Love Of Chocolate Gala on Saturday February 22nd. The event brought back the roaring twenties in the 130-year-old Union League Club of Chicago. In the name of raising scholarships for students of The French Pastry School of Kennedy-King College at City Colleges of Chicago.

A four-course dinner presented by Chef Michael Garbin of the Union League Club in which he featured an inspiring menu from the decadence of the jazz age. After the dinner, the place transformed into a night of sampling sweets, savories and swinging tunes till midnight.

With the support of attendees, participants, volunteers and sponsors for The Love of Chocolate, they raised over $180,000 which will fund student scholarships for The French Pastry School programs.

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The Coffee/Company

Our own John Cora from Cora Italian Specialties was invited to this remarkable night because he supplied the Danesi Espresso Gold Bean that was featured during the gala. We are truly honored to have one our signature Italian espresso’s consumed by many great palates that night.

John stated “it was so nice and everyone was dressed up, it really made me happy to be there. Plus the pastries and dinner were magnificent”.







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