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A sweet evening out at the Chocolate Bar at the Benedum

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, 10:27 a.m.
Some of the chocolate creations by Meghann Walsh, pastry chef at Osteria & Cioppino in the Strip District at the 2015 Chocolate Bar event.
Some of the chocolate creations by Meghann Walsh, pastry chef at Osteria & Cioppino in the Strip District at the 2015 Chocolate Bar event.

With the holiday dedicated to tricks and treats fast approaching, the time is right for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to celebrate its third annual Chocolate Bar.

The Oct. 14 event, promising a night of “intrigue, masks and mischief,” will be held in the Benedum Center's grand lobby.

A carnival theme will offer delicious temptation, with chocolate-infused decadence from Pittsburgh's “finest chocolatiers and restaurateurs,” according to a release.

Among those planning to prepare concoctions featuring the “darker side” of chocolate are A519 Chocolate, Altius, Blume Honey Water, Braddock's Pittsburgh Brasserie, Butcher and the Rye, Capital Grille, Cioppino, The Commoner, Eddie Merlot's, Edward Marc Chocolatier, Le Lyonnais, Lidia's, Market St. Grocery, McCormick & Schmick, Milk Shake Factory, Mon Aimee Chocolat, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto, Pallantia, Pirata, Sarris Chocolate, Senti, Sinful Sweets, Six Penn Kitchen.

Along with indulging in tasteful sweets, patrons can enjoy dessert-inspired sights and sounds through the couture and accessories of fashion curator Richard Parsakian showcasing the talents of Izzazu Salon, Spa & Serata and Amanda Wright, with mood setting by DJ SMI.

Put your taste buds to the test by voting for the “Pittsburgh Chocolate Awards,” casting your ballot in categories including Best Sweet Treat, Best Savory Dish, and Most Creative.

Participants may choose from two options in this celebration of chocolate, either a VIP experience, starting 30 minutes early, or general admission.

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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