Day 257: MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit

MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit
Photo courtesy of MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit

Chocolate, Competition, and Charity: What more could one want in an event?

The Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located on Harrison Road at Michigan Avenue in East Lansing, will be hosting this year’s MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit.  The 23rd annual event will be held on Sunday, February 26th, 2012 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Kellogg Center’s Big 10 Rooms.  The MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit is one of the only professional culinary competitions in the nation that is open to the general public.

The MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit brings foodies and friends of the museum together for an afternoon full of culinary creativity with chocolate.  Individuals can expect to see chocolate tortes, cheesecakes, truffles, chocolate fountains, and much more.  The entire benefit allows local restaurants, caterers, bakeries, candy makers, and local vendors to be featured and highlighted.

Chocolate is shaped and sculpted into amazing masterpieces by competitors that include local area chefs and chocolatiers, as well as local culinary students.  Past entries have included carousels, space ships, gardens, and much more made entirely out of chocolate. The theme for this year’s party incorporates the museum’s “Cabinets of Curiosities.”

Housed in various buildings around campus, the MSU Museum itself holds nearly 1 million different objects, specimens, and artifacts.  Proceeds from the MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit directly support the museum and its initiatives.  The monetary support helps to benefit the care and preservation of the vast cultural and natural science collections within the MSU Museum.

Advance tickets to the MSU Museum Chocolate Party Benefit are $30 to the general public and $25 to museum members.  In addition, tickets can be purchased at the door for $35.  As an alternative, individuals can purchase a special “Premier Chocolate” ticket for $75 that includes an advance preview of the chocolate creations, as well as a year-long membership to the museum.  Purchase tickets today from the following retailers: Bake N’ Cakes (3003 E. Kalamazoo St, Lansing), How Sweet It Is (4790 Hagadorn Rd, Suite 50, East Lansing), the MSU Museum Store, online, by phone at 517-355-2370, and at the door. ~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director

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