THE PITTSBURGH CULTURAL TRUST PRESENTS
THE THIRD ANNUAL CHOCOLATE BAR—A MASQUERADE SOIRÉE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017 | BENEDUM CENTER
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites you to take part in a night of decadent indulgence at The Chocolate Bar on Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with performances by Pittsburgh’s own Staycee Pearl Dance Project. This occasion marks The Chocolate Bar’s third annual event and promises to provide guests with the opportunity to explore the darker side of chocolate and all things masquerade.
The theme of the evening, “Love Never Dies”, will give guests the opportunity to decorate their own masquerade mask—creating an alternate universe with cirque inspired colors and rich chocolate. Among other sweets and delectables, guests can taste artisan candies, ganache-laden inventions, as well as hand-spun milkshakes courtesy of the Milk Shake Factory Pop-Up (located in the Circles Lounge of the Benedum Center). Couture and themed accessories will be on display by fashion curator Richard Parsakian with the talents of Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata, A519 Chocolatier, and Amanda Wright with the models from Docherty Talent & Modeling Agency.
Setting the environment as the evening’s prime entertainment, Staycee Pearl Dance Project will collaborate with DJ SMI to engage audiences through improvisation. The project exists to interpret and mirror human condition through dance and dance-centered artistic experiences with diverse casting and programming.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Vice President of Development Nick Gigante comments, “We’re most excited for this event because it showcases the beauty and architecture of our historic theatre, the Benedum Center, with the fun element of tasting these wonderful chocolates, cordials, and cocktails. With the combination of wonderful live music, performance art, acrobatics, and costumes, the many wonderful elements of the Cultural District come to life amongst a thousand of your closest contemporaries.”
Outside of artistic entertainment, this year marks the Inaugural Pittsburgh Chocolate Awards where guests will honor the best dishes of the night from the many restaurants present. Categories for the competition will include Best Sweet Treat, Best Savory Dish, and Most Creative.
General Admission (8:00 p.m.– 10:30 p.m.) – Tickets will be available for purchase online at a price of $35 per person. Ticket includes admission, one cocktail, and an Exclusive Partners Membership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. Membership benefits include complimentary invitations to special events, restaurant discounts, access to ticket presales, and more. Cash bar following one included drink ticket.
Unmask the night with a VIP Experience (7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) – Tickets are also available for purchase online at a price of $85 per person ($75 Trust Members). Ticket includes early-access to all of the above, plus a premiere experience at the Benedum’s new Circles Liberty Lounge all evening featuring hors d’oeuvres from Chef Kate Romane from Black Radish Kitchen, Exclusive Partners Membership, and open bar throughout the party.
To learn more about this event and to purchase your ticket to an evening of extraordinarily tantalizing chocolate treats and palate pairings, please visit: www.TrustArts.org/ChocolateBar.
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust – Membership
Memberships to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust help support a variety of cultural initiatives that not only enhance our individual lives, they transform our region in powerful ways. Member support keeps the arts relevant and accessible by funding groundbreaking works and curating world-class exhibits and free festivals, by providing innovative arts education and outreach, by stimulating downtown vibrancy and growth, by attracting diverse businesses, audiences and visitors, and by restoring Cultural District properties, creating a safer and livelier world-class destination. www.TrustArts.org/Support
About Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Cultural Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts. For more information, visit TrustArts.org. Follow us on Twitter @CulturalTrust, and like us on Facebook.