Whimsy, A Dessert Dream Brought to Life

On February 17th, Chicago’s Historic Palmer House Hilton Hotel became a Whimsical Dessert Dream as chefs from all over the Chicagoland area presented a culinary feast for the ages! The event featured the very best from the food, candy and baking industry. All of these wonderful professionals came together to support the 13th Annual For the Love of Chocolate Foundation Gala.  In addition to raising funds for culinary education, the gala was the host of the Chef’s Hall of Fame which inducted three prominent Chefs into the Hall. Inductees included Mindy Segal, Owner of Hot Chocolate Restaurant; Fred Hoffmann, CEO of Ala Carte Entertainment; and John Hogan, Executive Chef of Tony Montuano’s River Roast Restaurant. Every year the small foundation event team works diligently to bring an eclectic spectacle alive in the hopes of showcasing the hospitality industry. This year was no different as our team featured a silent disco, four distinct dance troupes, mimes, stilt walkers, dancing mushrooms, a culinary school competition in the chocolate garden, a teeter totter, an ice cream truck, a giant pinwheel and much more.

Thanks to our generous sponsors and guests, the evening of Dessert Dreams and Whimsy raised over $170,000 for the scholarship foundation.

A Fanciful Foodie Experience!

Incredible edible attractions await with 80 different presentation stations featuring gourmet savory food, chocolate, pastries, macarons, a Chocolate Garden and an Ice Cream Bar-Bar!

Playful Performances and Entertainment!

Float through three rooms of awe and amazement to find an adult playland, a cloud dance floor, fantastical creatures, an illusion cafe, and a silent disco dance party, a multisensory experience like you’ve never experienced before!

A Dream Setting!

The enchanting and mystical Palmer House Hilton Hotel is the perfect venue to set the tone for this party of dreams! And their special For the Love of Chocolate Room Rate will delightfully surprise you!


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