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Chocolate Challenge and Tasting for charity

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Cyn Shea's Café and Catering, a division of Serving Hope, Inc., will be hosting their inaugural Chocolate Challenge and Tasting this Friday, March 31st from 6 to 9pm at The Jackson Center in Huntsville.

The event will feature professional and amateur contestants from across the Tennessee Valley. They will showcase a wide variety of their "skills and mastery" of chocolate in all forms. Attendees will be able to sample various chocolate confections and vote for their favorites in both the amateur and professional categories.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the local non-profit Serving Hope, Inc.

"Serving Hope, Inc. is a 7 month. employment & life skills program that seeks to instill good character, self-confidence, & dependable work ethics in its students by mentorship in the workplace and community. Serving Hope, Inc. is a registered non-profit that serves the under served through a 7-month employment curriculum that develops good character, self-confidence & work ethics by mentorship in the workplace and community."

Cynthia Hart, Executive Director of Serving Hope, Inc. and owner of Cyn Shea's Café and Catering, created this program to provide an environment for young people trying to elevate themselves from a lower income background.

The program provides them with the skills needed to pursue a job in the food service industry. Her goal is for the students to use what they've learned to acquire a rewarding job, where they will be able to support themselves independently down the road, while working in a field they enjoy. This stems from her own experiences as a child.

"We came from a little county in Tennessee. I was in the first grade before we ever got indoor plumbing and I was in the sixth grade when we got our first car as a family. We shared among the broader family. It's easy for me to relate to those who are just quite underserved. That have a heart to want do something better in life, but don't quite no the direction to head," said Hart.

Students in the program receive hands-on training for situations would encounter in the food service industry such as:

  • ServSafe training
  • Paid training
  • Culinary skills
  • Farm-to-table experience
  • Financial planning instruction
  • Assistance with personal grooming
  • Interview and resume preparedness training
  • Volunteer experience

Participants of the Chocolate Challenge include: Grille 29, The Chocolate Gallery, Layers Desserts, Church Street Purveyor, The Donut Hole, The Lumberyard, Morgan Price Candy Company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, The Railyard, The Dessert Fork, The Von Braun Center and more!

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; and include entry, chocolate samples, coffee, and water.

To purchase your tickets click here

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