The only bigger winners than La Petite LouLou and The Conche during Friday night’s Chocolates Galore event were the children of Loudoun.
The Loudoun County YMCA’s largest annual fundraiser attracted a sell-out crowd of 1,000 people to the Lansdowne Resort and Spa for an evening of tasting the offerings from 30 of the area’s best chefs and culinary teams.
Visitors and a panel of celebrity chefs judged the entries for best presentation and best taste.
The chef’s panel was most impressed with La Petite LouLou of Purcellville, which won the Critics’ Choice awards for best tasting hors d’oeuvres and best tasting dessert.
The panel awarded Smokehouse Live the prize for best presentation in the hors d’oeuvres category and The Conche for best presentation in the dessert category.
Patrons also lauded The Conche, which won the People’s Choice Award for best tasting dessert.
Eddie Merlot won for best tasting hors d’oeuvres. The People’s Choice presentation awards went to Sweetz Bakery in the dessert category and Coton & Rye won the hors d’oeuvres category.
Money raised at the event will be used to support youth activities throughout the year.