Sweet Success!

On Monday, the Mandarin Oriental was transformed into a sugar coated culinary amusement park created by some of our best regional restaurants and catering companies.

Executive Chef David Serus from the Ritz Carlton, Chocolatier Katie Musser from CoCo Sala, and Silvan Kramer from Café Dupont offered many amazing treats.

If you could breath fire, tonight was the night as Katsuya Fukushima offered dragon popcorn, a favorite found only at Jose Andres MiniBar. Darren L. Norris sushi from Kushi, had to close his table early because they simply were too popular.

Past the chocolate lounge, Pastry ChampionEwald Notter was on hand to share some of his best techniques to guests, and give you another reason to use your blow torch (you all have one, correct?).

Sweet Charity features over forty award-winning chefs showcasing their culinary and pastry talents by hosting sweet and savory tasting stations. The event’s highly acclaimed Des Alpes Chocolate Fashion Show, where award-winning chefs demonstrate their mastery of cocoa and couture, is a spectacular highlight of the event.

Channel 8’s Courtney Robinson and ABC 7’s Leon Harris MC’ed the evening and District royalty Jen Corey and Kate Michael modeled in macaroons and chocolate fondant sharing the stage with chocolate trojans warriors.

Award Recipients of the Sweet Charity event were Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Wayne Ryan, principal of the Crosby S. Noyes Education Campus in Washington, D.C.

To the Sweet life!

About the Heart of America Foundation

The Heart of America Foundation, a national nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. that uniquely combines volunteerism and literacy to support children in need nationwide. Proceeds from Sweet Charity will go to help The Heart of America Foundation’s Books From The Heart program to provide books to children living in poverty in the D.C. metropolitan area who have few or no books of their own.

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