Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening to benefit Pacific House

The 8th annual Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening to benefit Pacific House will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6-9 p.m., at the Stamford Marriot Hotel & Spa, 243 Tresser Blvd., Stamford.

Guests will indulge in a selection of incredible dessert and chocolate flavor combinations ranging from traditional to exotic from more than 70 food, dessert and fine wine purveyors. Entertainment, music, door prizes and shopping round out this not-to-be-missed evening with emcee Chef Plum, who appears regularly on the Food Network.

The event benefits Pacific House, the area’s only emergency men’s shelter, which has been serving Fairfield County for more than 30 years. 

For tickets, at $45/individual or $80/pair, visit shelterforhomeless.org/chocolate.

And, to preview a delicious taste of what the night holds in store, here is a recipe you can try at home that was featured on CTbites:

Spiced Dark Chocolate & Pumpkin Seed Bark with Sea Salt

3 {3 1/2 ounce} bars good quality dark chocolate {70% cacao or higher}; 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; 1/8 teaspoon ground red chipotle; 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons roasted & salted hulled pumpkin seeds {plus more for decorating}; 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Break the chocolate into small pieces. Melt 3/4 of the chocolate in a double boiler over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once melted remove from heat and add the remaining chocolate; stirring until melted. Add the dried spices and stir to thoroughly combine. Stir in a 1/2 cup of the pumpkin seeds. Using a silicone spatula scrape the mixture out onto the parchment paper. Spread out evenly into a rectangle, as thin or as thick as you desire. Sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds over the top. Let the bark rest for 5 minutes to cool slightly, then sprinkle the sea salt evenly over the top. Refrigerate for 45 minutes, or until firm. Break the bark into pieces and enjoy! Makes about 12 ounces.

Shelter for the Homeless would like to thank the evening’s event sponsors: First County Bank, Webster Bank, GE Asset Management, First Niagara Foundation and Olympus Partners; as well as our media partners: Moffly Media, Star 99.9, CTbites, Hey Stamford and OMNOMCT. To purchase tickets visit www.shelterforhomeless.org/chocolate and to learn more about Pacific House and Shelter for the Homeless, visit ShelterForHomeless.org or call 203-406-0017.

Cupcakes from DiMare Pastry Shop, which participates in the Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening each year.

Cupcakes from DiMare Pastry Shop, which participates in the Chocolate, Dessert & Wine Lover’s Evening each year.

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