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The Michigan State University Museum serves up a generous helping of chocolate at its annual Chocolate Party Benefit, set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24, presented by the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.
In this popular mid-winter event, chocolate lovers, foodies and friends indulge for a generous cause that’s helping the MSU Museum:  Chocolate Party proceeds benefit care and preservation of science and culture collections of the MSU Museum, which stewards nearly 1 million objects, artifacts and specimens.
Chocolate Party Table DIsplayThe MSU Museum 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 inspired, edible masterpieces featuring the key ingredient: chocolate.  Competitors have sculpted everything from space ships, carousels, pyramids and gardens out of all forms of chocolate.  Meanwhile, a dozen local restaurants, caterers, bake shops, candy makers, and other “chocolatier” vendors share their taste-tempting chocolate creations. 
This year's competition theme is “Chocolate in 3D,” reflecting a new exhibit at the MSU Museum about 3D photography and technology, and it will inspire the competition entries. The masterpiece competition roster is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in recent years, tentatively including 10+ pastry chefs from the region, as well as student teams from culinary colleges and institutes. 
Tickets are available at the door for $35.  A special "Premier Chocolatier" ticket for $75 offers an advance preview of Chocolate Party creations and a year-long MSU Museum membership. For more information, call (517) 355-2370.