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'A Taste of Chocolate' holds something special for sweet lovers

Dark, milk or white, you'll find it Sunday in Old Town Auburn
By: Amy Lobenberg, Special to the Auburn Journal
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8th Annual “A Taste of Chocolate”
When: Noon to 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Old Town Auburn
Cost: $20. Proceeds benefit AAUW educational programs and the Gold Country Medical
Museum
Tickets available at: Sun River Clothing Company,

, (530) 823-6799, www.oldtownauburnca.com or at Mary Belles Restaurant the day of the event.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than taking a chocolate-themed tour of Old Town Auburn.
Singles, couples and groups are invited to peruse local stores and shops while sampling sweet offerings such as peanut butter hearts, gluten-free mint chocolate chip brownies, chocolate chip banana bread, filo cups filled with dulce deleche and covered with chocolate and sea salt, chocolate bacon bark and various other assortments of chocolate treats.
The eighth annual Taste of Chocolate will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, in Old Town Auburn. With the purchase of a $20 ticket, guests will have the opportunity to indulge in special treats provided by more than 20 merchants and restaurants.
According to event coordinator Linda Robinson,“Taste of Chocolate is always a great way to kick off the New Year. Everybody is happy when they are eating chocolate and it’s a great fundraiser.”
Entertainment will be provided by the Sugar Plump Fairies and The Sweethearts. Chef and Auburn Recreation District cooking instructor Terry Masten will demonstrate chocolate dipping at the courthouse.
Guests will have the opportunity to enter a raffle with gifts provided by the Auburn community. The grand prize will feature a chocolate-colored single strand fresh water pearl necklace donated by Sierra Moon Goldsmiths.
According to Sierra Moon Goldsmiths co-owner Linda Pierce, the necklace is 20 inches long with 10-millimeter pearls, and is valued at $465.
During A Taste of Chocolate, Sierra Moon Goldsmiths will be serving dark chocolate mini cupcakes with strawberry Swiss meringue frosting made by Alice Enochs-Shreve of The Baker and The Cakemaker and daughter of Pete and Pat Enochs, former owners of Latitudes: Pat and Pete’s World Kitchen.
“We are always happy to help the community. We will be making 175 treats,” Pierce said. “It’s a nice event, a nice outing, and it’s very fun.”
The event is co-sponsored by the Old Town Business Association, Old Town Auburn Preservation Society and the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Proceeds will benefit AAUW educational programs and the Gold Country Medical Museum. According to its website, the AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
Pre-event tickets are on sale now at Sun River Clothing Company in Old Town Auburn, with Pam Hart of the AAUW at pamula1@hotmail.com or (530)823-6799, or online at: www.oldtownauburnca.com.
Tickets can also be purchased at Mary Belles Restaurant during the day of the event.
Check-in for the event will be at noon at Mary Belles Restaurant, where guests will be able to pick up their passport map, clear to-go box and one free raffle ticket.  Deadline for online ticket purchases is Thursday.