The West Virginia Chocolate Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at McCoy's Conference Center in Ripley. In addition to chocolate samples and items for sale, events include drawings, live entertainment and children's games.
Admission and parking are free. Call 304-531-1133.
Five of the area's top chefs will compete in preparing a five-course meal using ingredients commonly available at a food pantry at Chef's Challenge 2013 at 5:30 p.m. March 27 at the Culture Center Great Hall.
Chefs Jeremy Still, Joe Zando, John Wright, Tim Urbanic, and Thomas Grant and apprentice chefs will prepare gourmet food for guests to enjoy with live music by Bob Thompson and the Gay Men's Chorale.
The meal will start with Calabrian Shrimp Cocktail with Artisan Focaccia Bread prepared by Chef Tim Urbanic of Cafe Cimino Country Inn in Sutton, followed by Creamy Cannellini Bean Soup by Chef Joe Zando of Catering Unlimited.
Chef Jeremy Still of Edgewood Country Club will prepare Spicy Tuna Cakes as an entree served with Mandarin Orange Toasted Rice Pilaf with Cumin Roasted Vegetable Medley by Chef John Wright of Bridge Road Bistro.
Chef Thomas Grant and Carver Career Center students will prepare strawberry cheesecake for dessert.
Tickets are $100. All proceeds benefit Covenant House Food Pantry.
State's best pie baker
The State Fair of West Virginia isn't until August, but officials are already accepting nominations for the state's best pie baker. The Best of the Counties pie bake off seeks bakers from all 55 counties to compete for the honor of West Virginia's best pie baker.