Chockablock chocolate

MARYLAND SCENE

February 13, 2000|By Sloane Brown

It was enough to make any chocoholic go on a bender. The Center for Poverty Solutions' ninth annual Chocolate Affair had Bohager's Parrot Island crammed chockablock with chocolate goodies -- whipped up by more than 40 local restaurants, caterers and candy makers. About 800 chocolate fiends chowed down on samples from soup (Thai chocolate peanut) to nuts (like a chocolate pecan mousse) -- and everything in between (including chocolate chicken and chocolate martinis).

Among those feeding their chocolate habit: Jack Elsby and Debbie Attman, event co-chairs; Dina Klicos, Nan Rosenthal, Caryn Sagal and Sharon Wylie, event committee members; Robert Hess, president and CEO of the Center for Poverty Solutions; Daniel Billig, Center for Poverty Solutions board chair; Pam Malester, Ken DeFontes, Sharon Credit, board members; Doug Carton, C-Mart owner; Karen Bond, Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust executive director; Alan Goodwich, University of Baltimore law student; Sam Craycraft, owner of Craycraft Marble & Tile; Jim Malamatis, Medtronic account exec; Joe Emrich, McIntosh pre-press technician for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.; and chocolate judges Sasha Cronish, Eddie Applefeld, Rob Kasper, Bruce Laird, Sandie Nagel, Lori Pinson and Max Weiss.

The evening's sweetest treat? More than $65,000 was raised for the center's programs to eliminate homelessness and prevent hunger in Maryland.

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