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23rd ANNUAL MSU MUSEUM CHOCOLATE PARTY BENEFIT IS FEB. 26; TICKETS ARE ON SALE

 

Chocolate torte, cheesecake, truffles, fountains and other delicacies make for an edible exhibit for the MSU Museum's 23rd annual Chocolate Party Benefit on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., presented by the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center (Harrison Road at Michigan Avenue) in East Lansing.
 
Local restaurants, caterers, bakeshops, candy makers, and other vendors share their taste-tempting chocolate creations, literally filling the Kellogg Center's Big 10 Rooms with the key ingredient, chocolate. Meanwhile, the Chocolate Party Benefit is one of the few professional culinary events in the country open to the general public, with area chefs and culinary students competing to create elegant, edible masterpieces. Competitors have sculpted everything from carousels, space ships, pyramids and gardens out of all forms of chocolate. This year's theme from the MSU Museum's forthcoming "Cabinets of Curiosities" exhibit will inspire chefs for in elaborate and imaginative chocolate creations.
 
In this popular mid-winter event, foodies and museum friends alike indulge for a feel-good cause:  the Chocolate Party benefits care and preservation of the extensive cultural and natural science collections of the MSU Museum.  The MSU Museum stewards nearly 1 million objects, artifacts and specimens, which are housed in four buildings across the MSU campus -- many dating back to the museum's founding more than 150 years ago.  Recently, Chocolate Party proceeds have helped with the purchase of items such as protective cabinets and preservation equipment.
 
Tickets are $30 for the general public and $25 for MSU Museum members in advance, and $35 at the door.  A special "Premier Chocolatier" ticket for $75 offers an advance preview of Chocolate Party creations and a year-long MSU Museum membership. 

 
General admission tickets are available at:
o  Bake N' Cakes, 3003 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing
o  How Sweet It Is, 4790 Hagadorn Rd., Suite 50 E. Lansing (Hannah Plaza)
o General Admission, Museum Associates and Premier tickets (featuring early admissions and year-round museum membership) -- at the MSU Museum Store.
o   Online at http://museum.msu.edu/index.php?q=node/356 ; phone orders, (517) 355-2370. Tickets will also be available at the door.