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April 10, 2013

Up to her chocolate

Chef creates focal point for Lewisburg's 7th annual Chocolate Festival


Team Greenbrier Sporting Club has put much thought into preparing their feast for the eyes, evidenced by hand-drawn blueprints and Internet printouts scattered inside a kitchen workstation. The dress form represents the ultimate challenge in carefully designed detail. Once completed, Chef Amy estimates the sculpture will have taken one week of on-and-off production to complete.

Delivery from the Greenbrier Sporting Club to Harmony Ridge Gallery before Saturday’s festival will require one person to hold the sculpture the entire way over, admits Amy. For this dress form, there is no dress rehearsal. “You only get one chance with this. If it messes up, we can’t do it again.”

Preoccupied with making others’ chocolate dreams come true, Chef Amy admits she  has managed to miss all previous years’ festivities outside passing around her own confections. This time, should the dress form, accessories and samples carry off without a hitch, she may try to escape and enjoy herself, getting lost among the expected record crowd.

“I am going to try and sample what everyone else has to offer. I do like chocolate,” she admits, after all.

The sculpture will be on display Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside Harmony Ridge Gallery during the festival.

A Sampling of Samplers at the Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

— B. Sweet Confectionery, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie with an Ice-Cold Milk Shooter and Dark Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes with Swiss Chocolate Buttercream

— The Bakery, Tiny Triple Chocolate Cupcake

— Bella Gourmet, Bella Pops - Light, Dark, White & Flavored

— Blue Moon Teeth Whitening Mini Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

— City Hall, Mini Ice Cream Cone Chocolate Cupcakes by Greenbrier Episcopal

— Del Sol Lounge, Chocolate Mini Martinis

— Edith’s, Ethically Traded Dark & Milk Chocolate Varieties of Endangered Species Chocolate Bars

— Food & Friends, Chocolate Bread Pudding

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