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Tahoe SAFE Alliance raising bar for annual chocolate festival

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The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, created Cuban-style confections for the 2012 Chocolate, Wine & Roses Festival.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival. The 26th annual festival takes place from 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village.

"After celebrating the event's 25th anniversary last year, we are making exciting changes to provide guests with a fresh experience," said Dawn Harris, event chair and development manager at Tahoe SAFE Alliance, in a statement.

Two of the most notable changes are the addition of a wine walk and table-side chocolate tasting, according to the statement. Ten boutique wineries from acclaimed California regions, including Napa, Amador, and Paso Robles, will also be selected to feature their tasting showrooms during the wine walk. Six of Lake Tahoe's finest culinary artists will serve their gourmet chocolate creations table-side at the festival.

"At past festivals, local chefs have continued to raise the 'chocolate bar,' so we are putting more emphasis on the creative talents of our chocolatiers," Harris said. "Having a seated tasting will provide our guests with an entertaining and unique experience."

Every ticket holder is entered into a free drawing for a four-night stay at Playa Viva, an eco-resort off the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Attendees can participate in raffle drawings to win trips, dinners and local recreation packages like skiing and golf, according to the statement.

Channel 2 evening news anchor Wendy Damonte will MC the event and host the chocolate-tasting portion, and Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will be a guest speaker.

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"Not only will Ms. Cortez Masto be our guest speaker," said Harris, "but she is also a special honoree and we will be recognizing her for efforts to strengthen state laws to prevent violence against women and protect children from sexual predators."

The annual event raises funds for Tahoe SAFE Alliance, which provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Last year, Tahoe SAFE Alliance served 787 community members and provided prevention education to a record 5,439 youth, business and adults.

Tickets to the festival are $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Tables of 10 are available for $1,250.

More information is available at http://www.tahoechocolatefestival.org or by calling 775-298-0010.

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