Sink sweet tooth into chocolate

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

You may not be sure what the question is, but many times, the answer is chocolate.
On Saturday, you can answer just about any question, as the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization hosts the annual Festival of Chocolate extravaganza.
For the small entry fee of $20, patrons can indulge more than their sweet tooth in a fair share of fare that is equal parts delectable and equal parts delightful.
Chefs from the area will showcase their skills in a bevy of baked goods that delight the culinary senses and tantalize the tongue.
Marguerite Rose McClay, of Rose Chocolatier, is a local small-based business with some big time artisan talents.
“I make mostly rich dark chocolate candies, but also milk chocolates, some white chocolates, toffees and brittles,” said McClay, who hand makes her chocolates. “Chocolate has been a lifelong passion that I now can share with my customers.”
The two-hour fest is from 7 to 9 p.m., will also feature a live band, so diners can dance off their calories, in between each chocolate course.
Chef Michael Mason and Chef Fred Ortiz, of the Betty Ehart Senior Center, will delight their regulars with some of their culinary talents. While, Chef Deb Jaus, from the Los Alamos Medical Center, plans to prepare a Dome Cake, friends like to call the Triple Threat. The head baker and Activities Director Carmela Martinez, of the Aspen Ridge Lodge has plans to prepare an edible winter wonderland for those who attend the festivities.
Pauline Powell Schneider, LARSO director is ready for the next two weeks of fun as the Festival of Chocolate is a kick off to the weeklong display of the Festival of Trees.
Donations of canned and other non-perishable items are the only fee for enjoying the display of numerous trees and holiday offerings, all available by silent auction. A final feature is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 23, where the senior center is grand central station, offering a craft fair, pictures with Santa and more.
One more final thought, in regards to chocolate, is the Los Alamos Co-op Market. Its no-bake bars will be available in regular and vegan, to make super spectacular treats for all to enjoy.
“We offer a wide selection of organic produce, as well as gluten free and vegan items,” Outreach Coordinator Sandra West said. “ Additionally, we have a great fresh cut meat program and our deli has an espresso and juice bar, a made-to-order sandwich program, and hot entrees and meal components.”
“We already have a small forest of trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center,” Schenider said, “The excitement is starting to build towards Nov. 16 when the public will see this year’s display for the first time. We are looking forward to lots of great chocolate that night.”
To reserve tickets for the festival call the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 662-8920, by 4 p.m. Friday.