Decadent event celebrating all things chocolate to benefit Galena-Jo Daviess Historical Society
GALENA, Ill. - Two lavish chocolate buffets paired with a glass of bubbly and topped with live music will have some folks asking themselves "is this heaven?" No, it's the Spirits of the Galena History Museum's annual "Chocolate, Champagne and Candlelight" event on Saturday, November 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the DeSoto House Hotel, 230 S. Main St., in historic downtown Galena. The doors will open at 6, the buffet will start at 6:30, and arriving before 7:30 is recommended.
All-you-can-eat is the order of the evening with a seemingly infinite selection of sweets in an elegant Victorian setting. A number of non-chocolate desserts will also be on hand for those wishing to cleanse their palate. One free beverage ticket is included in the ticket price; a cash bar is also available.
Featured baker this year is Patricia Lehnhardt, published author of cookbooks and food/garden articles, who will present "Chocolate Around the World." Featured vendor is Gustafson & Grey, Ltd. of Galena who will be showcasing champagne diamonds. A portion of the sales will be donated to the historical society. A silent auction of unique Galena items donated by generous local businesspeople will round out the evening.
Admission is $14 per person and includes a glass of champagne. Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as seating is limited and the event often sells out. A number of area lodging properties offer chocolate packages; check with your favorite hotel or B&B for an enticing array of options. Tickets are available in advance at both the DeSoto House Hotel and the Galena History Museum at 211 S. Bench St. They also may be purchased with a credit card by calling the museum at 815-777-9129, and, if available, they will be sold at the door.
For more information, please call the museum or visit galenahistorymuseum.org. For visitor information, please contact the Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 877-464-2536 or visit galena.org. While in town, visit the CVB's Old Train Depot Visitor Information Center at 101 Bouthillier St. for on-site assistance and countywide information.