5th Annual Chocolate Fling, benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation, was
held on Sunday April 29th at Pier 2 @ The Landing. More than 300
people attended, and with wide community support, $19,461 was raised to
help those with a seizure disorder! The Chocolate Fling was presented by EPB
Fiber Optics and Hamico, Inc.
restaurants, caterers and chefs donate their time and talents to create delicious
desserts! Judges’ Choice Award went to Chocolatier Helene Grzybowski, owner of
Cupcake Kitchen in Hixson, for her “Venus Cupcake of Love.” People’s Choice
Award, voted on by ticket holders, went to Sue Ann Lockhart, owner of Cookie
Jar Café in Dunlap, for her “Chocolate Cream Pie.” The “Also Considered
Delicious” award went to Joe Ledbetter with the Chattanooga Whiskey Company
who, with the help of Angela John and Angela Sweet, created a “Chattanooga
Whiskey Chocolate.” Most Creative Presentation also went to The Cookie Jar
Epilepsy Foundation would like to thank Pier 2, who donated their event space, volunteers, all the people who bought tickets and bid on silent auction items,
and ALL of the local restaurants who supported us in this endeavor:
The Chocolate Box
Ice Cream, Co.
Cookie Jar Café
and Hen Cafe Deli
The Melting Pot
Mountain City Club
Southern Belle Riverboat
Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee provides services and support to
people with epilepsy across ten counties in Tennessee
and three in northwest Georgia.
About 1% of people live with a seizure disorder, a disorder in which there is
only treatment and not a cure. The foundation provides support through
educational programs, support groups, and financial assistance to those who
can’t afford their medications.
Winners of People’s Choice Award and Most Creative Presentation. Cookie Jar Café
owner, Sue Ann Lockhart, stands with daughter Susannah, mother Debra Johnson and
sister Bonnie Hudson.
Judges’ Choice Award winner Helene Gryzbowski, owner of Cupcake Kitchen, stands
with her entry “Venus Cupcake of Love.”
Chef Joe Fidelibus represents Mountain City Club’s entry, “Brownie Turtle
22 month old Abby Beahm enjoys her “Pop Star” cake pop, created by Nichelle
Patel, owner of The Chocolate Box.
Owner of Sugary Creations, Catherine Spears, stands with daughter Sarah Freeman
and Jordan Taylor.
(Seated from L – R) Judges Barry Courter, James Howard, Richard Floyd, Wendy
Buckner, Susan Moses and Kim Chapman have the tedious task of sampling all the
chocolate! Epilepsy Foundation Executive Director Mickey McCamish, standing,
oversees the process.
community chocolatiers working
hard to serve their delicious desserts to ticket holders.