Hyde Parker donates sweets

By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Staff Writer

Hyde Park resident Robyn Rice-Foster will join more than 30 chocolatiers in contributing a variety of their chocolate-based creations to the 12th Annual AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s World of Chocolate gala.

The gala, which is hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), was created to commemorate World AIDS Day and celebrate the progress that has been made in ending the AIDS epidemic. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at Chicago Union Station, 500 W. Jackson, Blvd.

Highlights of the gala include a light buffet, specialty cocktails, a raffle and music. The main feature of the event is the judging of chocolate creations that include traditional items such as truffles and white chocolate ganache to more adventurous creations, like chocolate covered shrimp and grits. Rice-Foster, chocalatier of La Parisianne du Chocolat, blends chocolate and fashion. Her creations blend “flavor and fashion” and include chocolate shoes, jewelry, vases and bowls.

Funds raised from the event will go toward World AIDS Day, a worldwide effort to increase public awareness about the epidemic observed on Dec. 1. The movement, which originated in 1988 by an international summit of health leaders, encourages support and programming to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS around the world.

For more information and to reserve tickets, call (312) 334-0935 or visit aidschicago.org/chocolate.

d.philips@hpherald.com