Enjoy a sweet Sunday in Old Town

Taste of Chocolate a sweet-tooth's dream
By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal features editor
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Taste of Chocolate a sweet-tooth’s dream By Loryll Nicolaisen Journal features editor Nothing says love like a decadent afternoon in Old Town. Those looking for a delicious jump-start on Valentine’s Day or just looking to satisfy their sweet tooth tendencies should check out Sunday’s A Taste of Chocolate. Roughly 30 merchants throughout Old Town Auburn are participating, meaning they’ll be serving all kinds of sweets to attendees. Linda Robinson of the Old Town Business Association suggests starting out at one of the three ticket-sale check-in locations — the Old Town Dessert Café, MaryBelle’s Restaurant and the Auburn Historic Courthouse. Tickets are $20 for 10 tastes, and all chocolate lovers will receive a passport listing all participating locations, as well as a clear take-out container. “People were walking around with these beautiful chocolate pieces and we wanted to show them off,” Robinson said of the take-out containers. If the 10-taste ticket doesn’t satiate your need for chocolate, treat yourself to an additional three tastes for $5. “They can overdo it if they want,” Robinson said with a laugh. Raffle tickets are available for purchase at the three check-in locations, and everyone can enter a special drawing for jewelry donated by OZ! Gallery of Fine Jewelry and Sierra Moon Goldsmiths. Just fill out your passport after hitting the 10th and final stop of the day and turn it in at one of the three check-in locations. The event is a fundraiser, and proceeds go to the Gold Country Medical Museum and to the Auburn branch of the American Association of University Women’s scholarship fund. Hungry to know more about Sunday’s smorgasbord? Robinson said she’s particularly excited about trying the banana chocolate bread pudding at Edelweiss Restaurant. Cathy Bianchi of Gimme Cake Too! is scheduled to provide cooking demonstrations with chocolate at the courthouse. “It’s soul soothing,” she said of chocolate. “It’s creative. There are so many types of chocolate. You can do almost anything with it, and it’s good for the heart.” Lynne Madonna, owner of Ti Amo Spa, is excited to participate in A Taste of Chocolate for a second year. “We’re going to do a chocolate fondue again. It went over really well last year,” she said. Madonna said she’ll be serving her chocolate with all kinds of dunkables — cookies, fruit, pretzels, marshmallows. “I love Valentine’s Day and I love being a part of the Old Town community,” she said of the event. “It’s a lot of fun.” __________ A Taste of Chocolate When: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13 Where: Throughout Old Town Auburn; check-in locations are MaryBelle’s Restaurant, 1590 Lincoln Way, the Old Town Dessert Café, 167 Sacramento St., and the Auburn Historic Courthouse, 101 Maple St. Cost: $20 for 10 tastes; $5 for three additional tastes Info: (530) 888-1585,