Chocolate ice cream, topped with hot sauce, raspberry truffles, baklava, cakes, pralines and even vodka martinis, all made with chocolate, were just some of the treats that visitors of the Mobile Chocolate Festival in Alabama had the luck of tasting.
The festival is organized for the seventh consecutive year by Penelope House, a local shelter for women, victims of domestic abuse. Penelope House is part of the national project “Daughters of Penelope” which is part of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association.
According to local website www.al.com, “adults, high schoolers and younger kids created items using candy wrappers. Bakers were challenged to prepare their most appetizing treats,” following the festival theme. There was also a specially designed space where experts in face painting created mustaches from chocolate syrup.
The festival proceeds went to Penelope House which has been offering shelter to abuse victims since 1979. The organization director, Toni Ann Torrans, stressed that the Chocolate Festival has become one of their most popular fundraising events since it was first introduced in 2009.
Daughters of Penelope was the realization of Alexandra Apostolides’ dream. Her desire was to create a woman’s organization, and because of her perseverance and the encouragement of her husband, Dr. Emanuel Apostolides, a devoted AHEPA, she formed EOS Chapter#1 with 25 charter members on November 16, 1929 in San Francisco, California. She was elected first Grand President of the organization in 1931.
The objectives of the Daughters of Penelope are to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family & Individual Excellence.