he richer, the better—for chocolate, that is! And at the WYES-TV/Channel 12’s “Chocolate Sunday” on April 1, more than 600 guests enjoyed chocolate in almost every form imaginable.

The event was held at Generations Hall, and in honor of the WYES’ 50th anniversary local pastry chefs indulged their talents with a sculpture competition, complete with the theme “Celebrating 50 Years of Sweet Success.” Tariq Hanna from the decadent new patisserie Sucré was the deliciously talented winner; his sculpture was an abstract fleur-de-lis with inspiring themes of rebuilding.

Guests were treated to delicious delights from Absolutely Divine Chocolate Fountains, Chosen Cakes & Caterers, Hubig’s Pies, the Creole Creamery, Blue Frog Chocolates, Louisiana Gourmet Enterprises, Not Just Chocolates, Sweet Creations of N.O. and Swiss Confectionery. Other participating vendors were Astor Crowne Plaza, Community Coffee, Glazer’s, La Côte Brasserie, Pellicano Ristorante and Republic Beverage Company. WYES Promotions Manager Aislinn Hinyup says guests almost overdosed on all of the delicious chocolate treats. 

“Chocolate Sunday’s” major sponsor was Capital One and over $20,000 was raised to benefit this local public television station.

Give Me Some SugarChefs Jessica Mogardo, Ricardo Sanchez, Larry Moecklin and Christopher Cody

Give Me Some SugarRandy Feldman, Beth Utterback and Frank Stansbury

Give Me Some SugarPeter Patti, Ann Streiffer and Brian Girardot

Give Me Some SugarChef Tariq Hanna with Jan and Eric Asher

Give Me Some SugarRobin Cooper and Aislinn Hinyup

Give Me Some SugarChip Abboud, Helen Vergona, Monica Turner and Stanton Ripp