Chocolate is normally associated with the end of a meal. But for 900 folks who paid $200 a ticket, they had chocolate in the hors d'oeuvres, chocolate in the entree and chocolate for dessert. After all, this was Healthcare for the Homeless' annual "Chocolate Affair," where guests could sample all sorts of chocolatey concoctions — both savory and sweet — all in the name of raising money for the organization's efforts to end homelessness and to provide health care and services to vulnerable families in the Baltimore area.
People strolled the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hallway and sampled various appetizers — like chocolate-covered bacon straws — prepared by local restaurants and caterers before heading into the ballroom for a seated dinner.
"There's a cocoa-braised lamb over some polenta you must try," raved Kevin Lindamood, Healthcare for the Homeless president/CEO.
But for Lindamood and many of the guests, the best part of the night involved the party's purpose.
"Raising private support is so important to our work to get people off the streets and into the mainstream," Lindamood said. "It's one of the reasons we really call this the sweetest night in town."
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