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Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 11:58 am | Updated: 1:20 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

FAIRBANKS - The snow is nearly gone, and it’s safe for those slippery heels to come out again — perfect timing for the 23rd Chocolate Bash at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

This year’s theme is “A Passport to Chocolate.”

The Saturday event is an opportunity for people to wear their best gowns and tuxedos, while savoring exotic chocolate dishes and companion wine selections.

Black tie-optional events are always interpreted loosely up north, but event planners hope to see Fairbanks’ finest wardrobes at the museum.

Last year, the event was canceled due to the economic downturn. This year, the same problem exists, but the issue was solved by changing to a catered event.

“We’re actually really excited about the change,” museum spokesperson Kerynn Fisher said.

In past years, local restaurants provided chocolate- themed desserts and staffed the sample tables spread about the museum.

While chefs are excited to prepare chocolate dishes this year, managers said, staff time couldn’t be committed for the event. So, instead of cancelling, the museum hired NANA Management Services as caterers.

The museum coordinated with its beer and wine distributor, Odom Corp., and decided on a worldtraveling theme.

There will be six world regions of chocolate, including Italy, Spain, Argentina, Chile and the United States. Each region will promote traditional chocolate dishes, such as tiramisu from Italy and chocolate cheesecake from the United States. A table will hold chocolate liqueurs and cordials.

To balance out the chocolate’s sweetness, savory snacks will flatter each collection.

As attendees mingle around the festive event, the Ron Veliz Trio will provide jazz music. A door prize of two round-trip tickets on Alaska Airlines will be given away. Fisher described the event as “fun and festive.” The social gathering is for ages 21 and older, and is a great way to get out, have tasty treats and look good doing it. Fisher added that the event usually sells out and recommended purchasing tickets quickly.

Contact News-Miner intern Reba Lean at 459-7572.

IF YOU GO

What: Chocolate Bash: “A Passport to Chocolate”

When: 7:30-10 p.m.

Saturday

Where: UA Museum of the North

Tickets: $50

Information: 474-7505 or www.uaf.edu/museum/ calendar/chocolate-bash

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