Chocolate to the Rescue!



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More than 200 people gathered and over $19,000 was raised for the Middlesex Family Shelter during our Chocolate to the Rescue event at the Inn at Middletown. Ten area chocolate artisans showcased their creations for our guests and professional judges voted for their favorites. New Haven’s Chip in a Bottle won two awards - both the People’s and Critic’s Choice for Most Creative Chocolate Creation, Marjolaine Pastry Shop, also in New Haven, earned the People’s Choice Most Amazing Chocolate Flavor award and Eddy’s Bake Shop in Ansonia won the Critic’s Choice for Most Amazing Chocolate Flavor award. New participant Tall Order Treats (Mystic) joined returning chocolatiers Purple Carrot Foods (Colebrook), MELT Chocolatier (Milford), and Middletown-based ION Restaurant, Perk on Main, Tschudin Chocolates & Confections, and Sweet Sage Bakery (Middlefield). Spoke + Spy Ciderworks, also in Middletown, provided samples of their hard ciders for guests to enjoy while they bid on silent auction prizes – all to benefit the families who stay at our Middlesex Family Shelter - an emergency housing program which provides beds and case management for up to 50 families per year. Thank you to everyone who participated in this event and helped families who are experiencing homelessness. See more photos on Facebook!


Thank you to our sponsors!



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Workers’ Compensation Trust


Engineered Handling Systems, Inc.

The Flood Law Firm, LLC

Fusco Management Co., LLC

Ben Ledbetter, Jr & Deborah Freedman

National Equity Fund

Suburban Commercial

Webster Bank


Master of Ceremony

Jim Masters, TV and Radio Personality


Dave Brooks: Culinary Institute of America Graduate & former owner of Judies European Bakery

Abraham Jacob Friedman: former manager of The Meadow specialty food shop in Manhattan

Chef Chris Prosperi: chef & co-owner of Metro Bis restaurant

Lee White: food editor & restaurant reviewer

2019 Participants

Chip in a Bottle

Eddy's Bake Shop

ION Restaurant

Marjolaine Pastry Shop

MELT Chocolatier

Perk on Main

Purple Carrot Foods

Sweet Sage Bakery

Tall Order Treats

Tschudin Chocolates & Confections


Cider tastings from:

Spoke + Spy Ciderworks



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