Death By Chocolate Tournament



Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.

Location: Tuscaloosa River Market

1900 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Proceeds to Benefit Family Counseling Service


Every year in the spring, Family Counseling Service hosts our annual Death by Chocolate fundraiser. The event highlights the chocolate talents of Tuscaloosa’s culinary all stars. And we hope that this year it will include you! By participating, you can promote your own business, as well as support the non-profit services of Family Counseling Service.


To build on last year’s new format, we will have several categories in which you can submit an entry.

  • Best presentation

  • Best traditional dessert

  • Best special dietary needs (gluten free, vegan, paleo, etc.)

  • Best creative pairing


All entries will also be entered to win Chef’s Choice Award (first and second place) as well as a People’s Choice Award (voted on by attendees at the event).


During the event, each competitor will be asked to bring their dish on stage where two trained chefs will be waiting to sample each dessert. The competitor will introduce themselves, what business they are representing and describe the dessert they are presenting. If no one from the business wants to come on stage to announce the dessert, you can have a description prepared and a board member of Family Counseling Service will present your dish on your behalf.


We wanted to have you, the competitors, be able to engage with the 500+ audience members in a direct way and to also have your dish judged by someone trained in the culinary arts. Our judges this year will be Cam Parsons and Robert Bowden. Cam Parsons, a board member of Family Counseling Service, is a local lawyer who works at Parsons Firm. PC. Cam also attended Johnson & Wells Culinary school cooking school in Denver. Our second judge, Robert Bowden, is the owner of Viveré Chocolates, which specializes in custom corporate chocolate gifts. Robert is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and an alumnus of the University of Alabama. He is a 2017 honoree of Black Enterprise Modern Man of Distinction known as “Mr. Chocolate”.



Guidelines for Entries

  • There will be approximately 12 participants in the Tournament. 

  • Each entrant must be a licensed food server (e.g., restaurant or caterer).

  • Entrants may enter one or two chocolate items, but no more than two.

  • Entrants must provide enough of each chocolate item entered to allow tasting by 250 individuals.  (A tasting should be ample, but does not need to be a full serving.)  There were approximately 500 in attendance at last year’s event, so additional tastings are encouraged, as you are able.

  • Entrants must arrive at the Tuscaloosa River Market no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event and have at least one person on hand to man their table throughout the event (until 7:30 p.m.).  Participants should be set up and ready to serve no later than 5:00 p.m.—we always have early birds!

  • Each entrant will be provided an eight-foot table and cloth on which to serve food items.  Entrants will be responsible for providing other décor for their table.  Entrants may use their table to exhibit business information and promotions.  We encourage you to use this opportunity to promote your business!

  • Please remember to bring any napkins, forks, plates, etc. that are required in order to enjoy your dessert.

  • Due to fire code requirements, expected number of participants and space limitations, the space for each display will be limited to approximately 8’ x 6’ and will be delineated by a line in front of the table.  We ask that all participants create their display in such a way that it will not exceed this line.  All elements of the overall presentation, including the table, must fit within this space.

  • Registrations must be received no later than March 19, 2020. 


Be sure to like FCS and join our event at

Prior to the event…

You will be required to submit the name of your dish(es), a brief description of each and which category you will be submitting entry of prior to April 1. We have to know how many submissions to each category there will be and the River Market requires a description of the dish per their food regulations. A form will be sent to you electronically closer to the event, or you may complete the form below.

Death by Chocolate Tournament
Food Submission Form
Category to enter: (choose one)
Category to enter: (choose one)