Chocolate Fest 2018

Arts for Learning’s annual Chocolate Fest fundraiser is taking place on April 14th at the Indianapolis ArtsGarden in downtown Indianapolis. Chocolate Fest will feature tastings from Indiana’s celebrated chocolate vendors, as well as interactive performances from Arts for Learning’s teaching artists. Adult tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 at the door. Child tickets (ages 3 to 13) are $5.

All proceeds for Chocolate Fest benefit Arts for Learning, the oldest and largest arts in education organization in the state, serving more than 50,000 students every year. Arts for Learning provides quality programming through our professional teaching artists in schools, community centers, after-school programs and more.

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ArtZone! at Chocolate Fest 2015

By Taylor Fengya

As always, we will have an Art Zone area at Chocolate Fest for the kids and the kids at heart! A ticket to Chocolate Fest will not only allow you to sample chocolate desserts, beverages, beer, and wine, but it will also give you the opportunity to participate in a number of different art stations in the Art Zone area.

This year, we will have five high school students and Arts for Learning teaching artist, Jude Odell, running art stations with a variety of activities. These five students have recently completed Arts for Learning’s fine arts summer apprenticeship, ArtForce. For three weeks over the summer, these students received daily instruction from clay expert and teaching artist, Jude Odell, along with a number of specialty workshops in areas such as drawing, comic book art, fabric art, and animation. We are thrilled to have these students and Ms. Odell prepare art activities for this year’s Art Zone area!

Want to know more about Art Zone? Come check it out for yourself on Saturday, October 17 from 12—4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory. Bring your kids, work on an art project together, and enjoy some chocolate! What could be better?

Chocolate Fest Checklist!

By Taylor Fengya

We are now less than 1 MONTH away from Chocolate Fest! Can you believe it? We would like to provide you with a checklist of important details regarding our fundraiser! We don’t want you to miss out on anything!

  • EVENT DETAILS: Saturday, October 17 from 12-4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, IN
  • WHO’S WHO: 22 vendors will be at Chocolate Fest this year!
    • Butler Winery
    • Chilly Water Brewing Company
    • Chilly Water Brewing Company
    • Confection Delights
    • Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates
    • Endangered Species Chocolates
    • Greenfield Chocolates:
      comprised of J. Evelyn Confections and Literally Divine Chocolates
    • Hubbard and Cravens
    • Just Pop In!
    • Louise’s Sweets
    • Mallow Run Winery
    • Peacetree Mountain Truffles
    • Prairie Farms
    • Princess Confections
    • Schakolad Chocolate Factory
    • Simple Taste, Inc.
    • Simply Divine Cupcakes
    • SoBro Cafe
    • Soupremacy
    • Sun King Brewery
    • The Best Chocolate in Town
    • Wicked Suga
  • RESTAURANT PARTNERS: To promote our fundraiser, we are partnering with 5 restaurants. Please come out on these dates, bring a flyer, and help raise money for Chocolate Fest!
    • Buffalo Wild Wing’s in Glendale on Wednesday, September 23 (all day)
    • Scotty’s Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co. on Wednesday, September 30 from 4-10pm
    • Panera Bread in Glendale on Thursday, October 1 from 4-8pm
    • City Barbeque in Carmel on Tuesday, October 6 (all day)
    • Uno’s Pizzeria on Southport Rd. on Tuesday, October 13 (all day)
  • TICKETS: Now on Sale!
    • Purchase them online today! Click here to buy them now and save $5!
  • VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: We need your help!
    • Do you enjoy volunteering? Better yet, do you enjoy free chocolate? Please sign up to volunteer at Chocolate Fest! Shifts range from 2-3 hours. To show our appreciation, you will receive an Arts for Learning t-shirt and 5 free samples! Click here to sign up today!

Chocolate Fest Volunteer Opportunities!

By Taylor Fengya

In order to make this year’s Chocolate Fest the best one yet, we need your help! We are looking for people just like you to volunteer on Saturday, October 17 for Chocolate Fest. We have numerous volunteer duties to select from, and we ask that you sign up for at least one shift. We would love to have you for the entire day, and if you decide to volunteer for the event’s entirety, you might just get a little something extra from us to show our appreciation! Nonetheless, all volunteers will receive 5 free tastings and an Arts for Learning T-shirt.

To view all of our volunteer opportunities and sign up to volunteer for the event, please go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49aeae2aa7f58-chocolate. Here you will see all of the options listed with the duties and time frame in which we need your assistance. Please help us by spreading the word to friends and family who might be interested in volunteering for our event while receiving free chocolate at the same time! Who doesn’t love free chocolate?!

Thank you for all of your help and support in making this year’s Chocolate Fest the best one yet!

Save Room for Sweets!

By Taylor Fengya

Did you make it to the Indiana State Fair this year? The fair offers many great foods, especially food covered in chocolate. However, if you didn’t make it to the fair, not to worry! We’ve got you covered on Saturday, October 17 from 12 – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway. We will be sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with the many chocolate dessert samples that our 22 vendors will be providing you.

confection delightsFrom chocolate milk to truffles, to hot chocolate and cupcakes, Chocolate Fest is by far Indy’s Sweetest Day! Don’t waste your sweet tooth on the fair food, but make sure to save some for Chocolate Fest this year. It’s now just two months away! Can you believe it? We are working hard to plan our best Chocolate Fest yet.
Be sure to check back periodically for updates on all things Chocolate Fest! As always, we ask that you please spread the word about our fundraiser and follow us on social media!

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What to Expect at Chocolate Fest!

By Taylor Fengya

What should I expect this year? Even if you have been to Chocolate Fest in previous years, this year’s event is one that you don’t want to miss! We are holding the event at the Dallara IndyCar Factory which is an entirely new venue to Chocolate Fest. Dallara’s open space, high ceilings, and tall windows will make it a very comfortable atmosphere for everyone! We will have multiple vendors from previous years return, but we are excited to welcome a large number of new vendors. The vendor line-up is very diverse, and we are sure that everyone will find something to enjoy!

Is this event kid-friendly? As in previous years at Chocolate Fest, we will be bringing back “ArtZone” to give children the opportunity to work with professional Arts for Learning teaching artists at multiple art stations. Children can grab some chocolate milk generously donated by Prairie Farms, work on projects guided by professional artists, and walk through Dallara’s Interactive Zone. Don’t worry—Dallara’s Interactive Zone will be open for everyone! To see what Dallara’s Interactive Zone has to offer, check it out here. To view Arts for Learning’s teaching artist roster, click here.

What about adults? Chocolate Fest is not just a kid-friendly event, but it is adult-friendly as well. There will be a separate room for beer and wine vendors at Chocolate Fest this year. Those 21 and older may choose to taste beer and wine samples and even purchase a larger glass to enjoy while at the event. For those adults who don’t care for alcohol but prefer coffee, Hubbard & Cravens will be sampling their delicious freshly-roasted coffee as well.

What exactly is Chocolate Fest? First and foremost, Chocolate Fest is Arts for Learning’s largest annual fundraiser. At Arts for Learning, our mission is to empower children to achieve their creative and intellectual potential through arts in education. In the ArtZone area, your children will have the opportunity to meet and work with a handful of Arts for Learning teaching artists. These artists provide high-quality fine arts programs, residencies, and workshops to schools around Indiana each year. If you happen to meet an artist at Chocolate Fest, feel free to ask them about what they do for us! They would love to tell you!

When is it again? We would love for you to come to Dallara on Saturday, October 17 from 12-4pm and taste delicious chocolate desserts and delicacies from over 20 vendors! Please enter through the main door located at the front of Dallara. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, September 5. To eliminate long lines and having to pay an extra $5 at the door, we recommend that you buy your tickets ahead of time! As always, be sure to check our social media sites for the latest #ChocolateFest15 updates and news!

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Chocolate Truffles!

By Taylor Fengya

At Chocolate Fest this year, a handful of vendors will be bringing samples of their delicious chocolate truffles to Dallara on Saturday, October 17! Have you ever wondered what ingredients are in truffles or how they are made? You’re in luck! Try out this recipe from Food Network. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredients:

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon light corn syrup

¼ cup brandy

½ cup Dutch process cocoa powder, finely chopped nuts, and/or toasted coconut, for coating truffles

8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine

Directions:

  1. Place the 10 ounces of chocolate and butter in a medium size glass mixing bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir, and repeat this process 1 more time. Set aside.
  2. Heat the heavy cream and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from the heat and pour the mixture over the melted chocolate mixture; let stand for 2 minutes. Using a rubber spatula, stir gently, starting in the middle of bowl and working in concentric circles until all chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth and creamy. Gently stir in the brandy. Pour the mixture into an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Using a melon baller, scoop chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Place the cocoa powder, nuts, and/or toasted coconut each in its own pie pan and set aside.
  5. In the meantime, place the 8 ounces of chocolate into a medium mixing bowl which is sitting on top of a heating pad lined bowl, with the heating pad set to medium. Depending on the heating pad, you may need to adjust the heat up or down. Stirring the chocolate occasionally, test the temperature of the chocolate and continue heating until it reaches 90 to 92 degrees F; do not allow the chocolate to go above 94 degrees F. If you do, the coating will not have a nice snap to it when you bite into the chocolate. Once you have reached the optimal temperature, adjust the heat to maintain it.
  6. Remove the truffles from the refrigerator and shape into balls by rolling between the palms of your hands. Use powder-free vinyl or latex gloves, if desired.
  7. Dip an ice cream scoop into the chocolate and turn upside down to remove excess chocolate. Place truffles 1 at time into the scoop and roll around until coated. Then place the truffle into the dish with either the cocoa powder, nuts or coconut. Move the truffle around to coat; leave truffle in the coating for 10 to 15 seconds before removing. In the meantime, continue placing the chocolate-coated truffles in the cocoa or other secondary coating. After 10 to 15 seconds, remove the truffle to a parchment lined sheet pan. Repeat until all truffles are coated. Allow to set in a cool dry place for at least 1 hour; or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Truffles are best when served at room temperature.

To view the recipe online, click here.

Brown, Alton. “Chocolate Truffles.” Food Network, 2004. Accessed August 3, 2015. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/chocolate-truffles-recipe.html.

Have you marked your calendar?

By Taylor Fengya
We are now just about 2 ½ months away from Chocolate Fest, Arts for Learning’s largest and most delicious annual fundraiser! This year, Chocolate Fest will be held on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway.

Tickets can be purchased beginning Saturday, September 5th on our website. Pre-sale tickets will cost $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-13 (2 and under are FREE). Tickets AT THE DOOR will cost $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 3-13 (2 and under are FREE). You are encouraged to by your tickets beforehand to eliminate long lines to get into the event!

Just in case you are curious to see who has come on board as a vendor for Chocolate Fest this year, here is the vendor list thus far:

  1. Sun King Brewing Co.
  2. Peacetree Mountain Truffles
  3. SoBro Café
  4. Schakolad Chocolate Factory
  5. Louise’s Sweets
  6. Confection Delights
  7. Wicked Suga
  8. The Best Chocolate in Town
  9. Mallow Run Winery
  10. Butler Winery
  11. Endangered Species Chocolate
  12. Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates
  13. Greenfield Chocolates comprised of Litterally Divine Chocolates and J. Evelyn Confections
  14. Simply Divine Cupcakes
  15. Chilly Water Brewing Co.
  16. Hubbard & Cravens
  17. Simple Taste Inc.
  18. Princess Confections

Out of this list, eleven have been vendors at Chocolate Fest in previous years. We are excited to welcome them back! We are also thrilled to welcome for the first time Peacetree Mountain Truffles, SoBro Café, Butler Winery, Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates, Simply Divine Cupcakes, Simple Taste, and Chilly Water Brewing Co who will be providing both beer and a chocolate dessert! It is always great to “sweeten up” this event with new vendors!

Don’t worry—we aren’t stopping here! We are actively seeking out another 5 chocolate shops, bakeries, or restaurants with unique chocolate desserts for this year’s Chocolate Fest. We are confident that our new additions will add a nice variety to this already versatile list of vendors!

Be sure to add this event to your calendar and spread the word to your fellow chocolate-lovers, beer and wine connoisseurs, family, friends, and colleagues. We don’t want anyone to be left out! We know that everyone will be able to find something to enjoy at Chocolate Fest—from a variety of chocolate samples and desserts, to beer and wine, and art stations, it’s an event for everyone!

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Vendor Highlights!!

It’s World Chocolate Day and we have added more amazing Chocolate Fest vendors!!

Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates, Greenfield Chocolates, and Endangered Species Chocolate are all going to be at this year’s event with their own unique delicious desserts!

Donaldson’s Finer Chocolates creates chocolates in the old-fashioned way, using South American cocoa beans and Midwest dairy products. With their high quality ingredients and secret family recipes, these samples are sure to delight any chocolate lover.

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Greenfield Chocolates is once again coming to Chocolate Fest as a two-in-one experience with both J. Evelyn Confections and Literally Divine Chocolates adding to the creative production. This year they will be sampling caramels, toffee and truffles. In addition t these wonderful samples, they will be selling caramels, toffee, truffles and turtles!

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Endangered Species Chocolate is a returning vendor and we are so excited to have them back! Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10% of their net profits to partner organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. They will be serving up delicious samples of their new cocoa spread and chocolate bars!

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Keep checking back on Chocolate Fest website for more highlights as well as checking out Instragram, Facebook and Twitter!

Vendor Highlights!

By Taylor Fengya

This week, we would like to welcome back The Best Chocolate in Town and Mallow Run Winery for Chocolate Fest on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory!  Both vendors have participated at this delicious event in the past, and we are very excited that they will be joining us again this year!

The Best Chocolate in Town has been a vendor for the past two years, and we hope they are as excited as we are to see them return!  This year, The Best Chocolate in Town will be handing out samples of their peanut butter crunch along with an assortment of truffles.  The Best Chocolate in Town will also be selling assorted chocolates: truffles, caramels, peanut butter crunch, and dipped pretzels and Oreos!

Best Chocolate in Town

Mallow Run Winery participated in last year’s Chocolate Fest and will be returning this year to hand out samples of 6-7 varieties of wine!  In addition, Mallow Run will be selling wine by the glass and bottle for guests who would like more than just a taste!  Mallow Run, along with our other beer and wine vendors, will be located in an exclusive room at the event for guests 21 and older.

Mallow Run

Interested in trying out The Best Chocolate in Town or Mallow Run Winery?  Come to Chocolate Fest on Saturday, October 17 from noon – 4pm at the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway, IN!  Invite your friends and family—everyone should be given the opportunity to attend this delicious event!

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