Tour de Chocolate
To be held throughout the month of May 2021
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. This year in light of COVID-19 restrictions and our desire to help the competitors that have helped us for so many years, we are revamping our fundraiser and bringing it to you!
During the month of May, members of the public will be able to purchase a “passport" which will enable them to receive your chocolate entry when they dine at your establishment. For competitors who do not have an establishment open to the public, you will be able to deliver your chocolate items to one location (date and location to be arranged) where those with passports can pick them up.
Once completed, you will simply stamp or sign on your passport location to indicate they have completed that tasting. Competitors can also choose to sell our passports at your location to up your odds of winning! The participating public will be eligible to cast one vote in each category for each passport purchased.
Best traditional dessert
Best special dietary needs (gluten free, vegan, paleo, etc.)
Most innovative creation
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 the participating public).
Competitors will be featured throughout the month on the Family Counseling Service website and participants will be encouraged to post the desserts on social media using our hashtag #TuscaloosaTourDeChocolate
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 chocolate item.
Entrants must provide enough of each chocolate item entered to allow tasting by passport holders. (A tasting should be ample, but does not need to be a full serving.)
Registrations must be received no later than March 19, 2021.
Please complete the form below to register.
Be sure to like FCS and join our event at facebook.com/CounselingTuscaloosa.
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. A form will be sent to you electronically closer to the event, or you may complete the form below.