Nearly 250 people gathered at the Memorial Building Saturday evening, March 14th, for the Agathos Classical School’s popular annual fundraiser Cocoa Bella. The theme of the sugar arts show and competition this year was to “tell a tale in chocolate.”
Dressed in their “classic” school uniforms, Agathos upper school students served patrons delectable chocolate samplings by Paul’s Chocolates and hors d’oevres by Agathos parent Beka Beck and Agathos’ fourth grade teacher Virginia Willems. The room was impressively decorated with giant white flowers made, surprisingly, out of poster board by Kay Lee of S. Kay Lee Weddings and Events of Pensacola, Flor., the event chairperson’s mother.
Just as impressive as the décor were the cakes submitted for the competition. Among the fairy tales told in chocolate were: Little Red Riding Hood, The Apple & the Cottage, Old Woman in the Shoe, The White Slipper, Sleeping Beauty and a Toad Reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales.
The judges, who included Mayor Charlie Norman, Sheriff Bucky Roland, Paul Burnash of Paul’s Chocolates, Randy Landry of River Terrace restaurant and Dan Stump of Pie Sensations, certainly did not have an easy job determining which was the winning cake. Judging was based on appearance, design, precision and theme development.
Ultimately, the $1,000 first place prize went to Cakes by Shara; the second place $750 prize went to Jessica Dean; and the $500 third place prize to Jan Harris. Other participants included Serenity Cakes, The Frosted Orchid and Custom Cakes by Kim. Event attendees were able to bid on the cakes, with the highest bid at $400 for a cake created by an Agathos student.
In addition to the cake decorating competition, the evening featured an auction that included, among other items, an Eli Manning Ole Miss football and a print of Agathos 8th grade student Samuel Whatley’s well-done colored drawing. Upstairs, attendees were treated to a chocolate tasting by MCPS culinary teacher Bill McCarty and a demonstration of chocolate decorating by Paul Burnash.
The event was hosted by Agathos’ new principal, Ted Trainor, who was without doubt, not only delighted with the fine arts of sugar on display, but also with the enchanting evening as a whole.
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Attendees of the 2015 Cocoa Bella event were treated to a feast for the eyes and taste buds at Agathos Classical School's "Tell a Tale in Chocolate" themed sugar arts show & competition.