RGJ Media holds its 30th annual Fantasies in Chocolate, wine tasting and chocolate sampling fundraiser, benefiting the RGJ Foundation on Saturday, October 25. This year’s black-tie, costumed event includes a villainous theme incorporating the spooky season and is being held at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, in the Summit Pavilion.
“Since 2001, the RGJ Foundation has distributed close to $1 million to local non-profit organizations, schools and individuals in the form of scholarships and grants,” said John Maher, president and publisher of Reno Gazette-Journal.
“Revenue generated from the event is what allows us to give back to so many deserving causes, including High Sierra Industries, Terry Lee Wells Nevada Discovery Museum, Reno Philharmonic and the American Heart Association to name a few,” Maher stated.
The evening begins with a VIP portion, including early access, reserved table seating for the evening, a sit-down dinner prepared by Grand Sierra, a live band, champagne and wine.
For general admission attendees, the evening includes tastings of chocolate confections, creations and savory dishes presented by some of the region’s top chefs and paired with champagne, wine, beer and spirits. Entertainment includes a live DJ, dance floor, silent auction and more.
Vendors to look for at this year’s event: 1864 Tavern, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, Batch Cupcakery, Cherry Bomb Catering, Delicious Designs, Dorinda’s Chocolates, Dough Catering, Dreamer’s Coffeehouse, Edible Arrangements, Famous Dave’s, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Great Basin Brewery, Kimmie Candy, Mari & Chuy’s Mexican Kitchen, Men Wielding Fire, My Scandinavia, Pretty in Pink Macaron, Reef Sushi, Reno Local Food Group, Rounds Bakery, Scheels, Southern Wine & Spirits, Stoneyhead Brewery, The Chocolate Bar, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Tournant Pop-Up Restaurant and Whole Foods Market.
General admission tickets cost $70 in advance or $80 at the door. VIP single tickets cost $175 or a VIP table of 10 costs $1,500. All VIP tickets must be purchased in advance.
Additionally, LEX Nightclub, inside Grand Sierra, is throwing an after party with a discounted entry fee of $15, if you purchase in advance. All Fantasies in Chocolate tickets can be purchased at www.fantasiesinchocolate.com.
Generous sponsors of Fantasies in Chocolate 2014, include: Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Southern Wine & Spirits, Jaguar Land Rover Reno, Galaxy Theaters, Reno Dodge, Creative Coverings and Jones West Ford.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.