Charity in Chocolate


The dresses at this year’s Charity in Chocolate fundraiser were not something you’d see during Fashion Week.

The event, hosted at the Mandarin Oriental September 6 by The Heart of America Foundation, featured a fashion show with clothing made mostly of chocolate and sugar. Area chefs and chocolatiers didn’t disappoint, crafting about a dozen outfits to match this year’s literary theme, memorable heroines.

The snow queen from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe and the blue fairy from Pinocchio graced the runway alongside Pocahontas and The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen. Pocahontas even had her own Grandmother Willow, while Katniss brandished a wooden bow. Neither prop seemed to be made of candy, sadly.

Although all the ensembles were stunning, a local-celebrity judging panel—including WTOP’s Kristi King; Kate Michael, President of K Street Kate; Heather Roth, 2008 RAMW Pastry Chef of the Year; and Michael McCarthy, Editor-in-Chief of DC magazine—declared the snow queen the winner.

Co Co. Sala, BLT Steak, BlackSalt, Kushi and other restaurants ensured there were plenty of sweets and snacks on hand to satisfy any fashion-show-induced cravings.

Before the fashion show, HOA honored those who share organization’s mission of providing books to low-income D.C. kids. Dr. Marta Palacios, principal of Bruce-Monroe Elementary, received the award for Principal of the Year; she beamed as she walked down the runway to thunderous applause.

All proceed from the event went to HOA.




Photo courtesy of Heart of America Foundation




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