Chocolate Festival tickets available
NORMAN — Tickets are on sale for the 31st anniversary annual Chocolate Festival, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the National Center for Employee Development Conference Center, 2801 State Highway 9 E.
Vendors will offer thousands of samples of chocolate-inspired delights with proceeds supporting Firehouse Art Center art education programs. Tickets are available online at normanfirehouse.com. Premiere tickets include 15 samples for $40; standard tickets include 10 samples for $25. After Wednesday, tickets will only be available in person, by phone at the Firehouse Art Center or at the door the day of the event. For more information, call 329-4523.
Chocolate Decadence returns
Historic Automobile Alley will host the 16th annual Chocolate Decadence from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Hudson-Essex Loft Offices, 825 N Broadway Ave.
The party showcases decadent chocolate treats from premier local restaurants and caterers while featuring smooth jazz, wine and Champagne, gourmet coffees and a Valentine auction.
Cost is $60. For more information about tickets, call 973-4746 or visit downtownokc.com.
Get THE Taste of Oklahoma City
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma will host its annual fundraiser, THE Taste of Oklahoma City, at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Renaissance Ballroom of the Cox Convention Center.
The event will feature samplings from 30 of Oklahoma City's finest restaurants, a live and silent auction, dancing, and more. Proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma's one-to-one mentoring programs.
Corporate sponsorships and group tables start at $1,500. Individual tickets cost $150 per person (or $250 per couple).
For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, go online to www.tasteokc.com; call 943-8075, or join on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tasteofokc.
Caffeine Crawl comes
to Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City will take part in the first Caffeine Crawl south of Missouri from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16. The Caffeine Crawl will begin for ticket holders at two locations, Coffee Slingers Roasters and Elemental Coffee Roasters, the two Co-Roaster level sponsors. Each of the six participating shops begin with an educational presentation and samples. Attendees receive a goody bag, program, a ticket to all six of the participating shops and a drink or chocolate sample at each.
As consumers, we visit specialty shops like the ones in the Crawl, but we don't get the opportunity to interact with baristas, roasters and chocolatiers producing our favorite treats. This event breaks down that barrier, and gives the coffee and chocolate enthusiast the time to engage and learn about the processes used to create these artisan and specialty products.
The four other shops participating in the Crawl include Cafe Evoke (Edmond), Cuppies and Joe, Syrup Breakfast Boutique (Norman) and T, an urban teahouse.
Those that miss the Caffeine Crawl can join everyone for festivities at Cafe Evoke at 4:30 p.m. That portion of the event will feature a raffle of food and beverage prizes and a special appearance from the award-winning Askinosie Chocolate. Proceeds from the raffle will go to charity.
Cost is $30, and can be purchased online at caffeinecrawl.com/tickets.html.
Keep up to date on Caffeine Crawl on Facebook: facebook.com/CaffeineCrawl; Twitter: @CaffeineCrawl; and caffeinecrawl.com.
From Staff Reports