Join Osmon Chiropractic for the Sweet Life! - February 4
The Art of Chocolate 2017 is a Masquerade Party! Come prepared to wear a mask!
Valentines day themed truffles by Peacetree Mountain Truffles
Chocolate Decadence Marshmallow by 240Sweets of Columbus - Art of Chocolate 2017 vendor.
IMU Chef Ashley Baughman's Red Velvet Cake - Art of Chocolate 2016
Chocolate truffles by Bloomington Cooking School's Chef Jan Bulla-Baker - Art of Chocolate 2015
Bloomington has been celebrating the Week of Chocolate for over 20 years, each year and each event unique. Local businesses host chocolate themed events that celebrate a love of chocolate that goes back to ancient times! Each year, there are over 10 events, each with a different theme. Not only does this festival taste amazing, but it also offers an opportunity to raise funds to support various causes in the community. Don’t forget to get your Chocolate Passport stamped at each event you attend! Peacetree Mountain Truffles will award you with a FREE box of Truffles if you turn in your stamped passport at their store in the “Olive Leaf” by College Mall.
3 Stamps = 4 piece box of truffles
5 Stamps = 9 piece box of truffles
Week of Chocolate 2018 dates: February 2-18th, 2018
This year, we introduce restaurants with special Week of Chocolate menu promotions! These 3 restaurants are participating as a Week of Chocolate event location where you can get your passport stamped! Each restaurant is promoting something special for the Week of Chocolate, and donating a percentage of the sales of Week of Chocolate menu items to LIFEDesigns. All restaurant promotions are available throughout the entire Week of Chocolate.
1505 S. Piazza Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
A unique neighborhood bar that strives to impress your palate with their handcrafted cocktails and innovative farm to table cuisine. Stop by to try their special Week of Chocolate cocktails, and surprise dessert and food specials! $1.00 of each cocktail sold will be donated to LIFEDesigns.
- Chocolate Negroni – Mezcal, Dolin Rosso, Campari, Creme de Cacao, Chocolate Bitters – $10.00
- Daiquiri – Chocolate Milk Washed Rum, Lime, Cream Sherry, Tiki Bitters – $10.00
532 North College Ave., Bloomington, IN 47404
1567 South Piazza Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401
You’ll love this shop, it’s the perfect setting for sharing your story with a friend, reading, or quite work. Natural light pours through their walls of windows and across tables crafted from reclaimed wood. Every baked good is made from scratch in the shop, and their baristas are the best! 20% of sales benefit LIFEDesigns.
- Hot Chocolate
514 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, IN 47408
Farm-to-table dining, one block from sample gates. Finch’s American Brasserie menu includes both traditional and regional dishes from the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea as well as local and American favorites. 50% of sales benefit LIFEDesigns.
- The Chocolate Society Finch – specialty cocktail designed by Stella Snyder specifically for the Week of Chocolate – served alongside a chocolate dessert bite by Pastry Chef Brian Inlow – $10.00
The Vault at Gallery Mortgage: We Paint…Jazz! Gallery Opening
Date: February 2nd
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: The Vault at Gallery Mortgage, 121 E 6th Street #1, Bloomington, IN 47408
Benefits: LIFEDesigns & Bloomington Watercolor Society Members
Come to see Jazz in art form as the members of the Bloomington Watercolor Society present a special gallery made just for the Week of Chocolate! The Vault at Gallery Mortgage is providing some hors d’oeuvres, and hosting the gallery through April 2, 2018. The Best of Show prize of $100 will be presented, as well as a variety of other awards. All art purchased as part of this show through April 2, will be split 50/50 between the artist and LIFEDesigns.
Osmon Chiropractic Center: The Sweet Life
Date: February 3rd
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Osmon Chiropractic Center, 1332 W Arch Haven Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
This women’s pampering day event has everything you could possibly want to treat yourself to a day out…spinal health screenings, mini make-overs, acupuncture, chair massages, gift card giveaways, and of course chocolate!
Bloomington Moose Lodge: Chocolate Bingo
Date: February 5th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Bloomington Moose Lodge, 840 S. Cory Ln, Bloomington, IN 47404
Tickets: Bingo Packages starting at $20.00
Come join us at the Bloomington Moose Lodge for a special night of bingo, with a chocolate theme! With each winning bingo, the lucky players will be rewarded with cash and a delicious chocolate treat. Additional food and drinks will be available for purchase. Invite family, friends, and co-workers to experience Moose hospitality! (Moose Bingo is ALWAYS open to the public! No need to be a member!)
Date: February 7th
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: The Player’s Pub, 424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Tickets: Donations to LIFEDesigns and the band accepted at the door.
For a taste of Louisiana, great food, live music, and generally a great atmosphere, come listen to Top Shelf with their rich and thick grooves! This band offers the perfect balance of smooth musical textures and a strong kick of raw earthiness. Their powerful vocals and guitar and keys work infused with soul and passion are guaranteed to satisfy you!
Date: February 8th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Faith Lutheran Church, 2200 S High St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Benefits: PALS (People and Animal Learning Services)
During this casual event, a 3-course chocolate-inspired meal with be served. Guests will be blindfolded for a portion of the meal in order to bring awareness to the challenges associated with vision impairment and other disabilities. Music and dancing will follow the blindfolded portion of the evening.
Date: February 8th
Time: Reception 6:30 pm
Location: Truffles Restaurant, 1131 S. College Mall Rd., Bloomington, IN 47401
Tickets: $100 (Includes tax & gratuity) Reservations (812) 330-1111
Truffles Fine Cuisine partners with LIFEDesigns to present this elegant five course meal and wine pairings with each course! This all inclusive experience offers a variety of wines all by Round Pond as Truffles Executive Chef Robert Adkins presents each delightful course. Some highlights include the fourth course’s cocoa rubbed venison loin rack with caramelized brussels sprouts, chocolate port reduction; and of course the fifth course’s chocolate & rye whiskey bread pudding, and brown sugar toasted oats, black and sloe berry jam. Be sure to mention the “Week of Chocolate” to your server to get your chocolate passport stamped! For more information on Truffles or to see the full description of all five courses, look Truffles Restaurant up on Facebook!
Date: February 10th
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Rhino’s Youth Center, 331 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Tickets: $10/ea. or $15/couple (Available at the door only. Cash and Credit/Debit accepted.)
Benefits: Rhino’s Youth Center
Come one, come all to Rhino’s 10th annual Chocolate Prom! This dance is truly a prom for everyone! This event features a chocolate fondue fountain, a DJ and a fun photo booth!
Date: February 10th
Time: 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: IMU Alumni Hall & Solarium, 900 E. 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47405
Tickets: $75/ea. or $500/table of 8
This Mardi Gras themed event treats you to New Orleans themed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and cocktails! Entertainment includes live music and features an artist painting live models in chocolate! Throughout the evening, a Mardi Gras theme will be featured in the art, food, music, and auction items, wearing masks is encouraged! (21+)
A Taste of Romance
Date: February 13th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Bell Trace Senior Living Center, 800 N. Bell Trace Circle, Bloomington, IN 47408
This evening will delight your senses.! A romantic ambience full of delicious homemade chocolates, local wines, enchanting musical performances, dance, and poetry. Come celebrate the season of love with a “Taste of Romance” at Bell Trace.
Date: February 16th
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Ivy Tech Shreve Hall, 200 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN 47403
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $25 VIP Reserved Seating
Benefits: DSFC (Down Syndrome Family Connection)
This one of a kind fashion show features persons with Down Syndrome on the runway with local celebrities. Light buffet dinner and gourmet hot chocolate bar included!
Date: February 16th
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Fields, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln., Bloomington, IN 47401
Details: A live action murder mystery where you are a custom character helping your team solve the crime to win prizes. The event will feature a prohibition theme with two midwest families feuding while a Chicago gangster mob steals a chocolate statue! Be the first team to solve the murder and catch the thief for great prizes! Ticket includes a full dinner, 2 drink tickets, and participation in the game! (21+)
Date: February 17th
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Wonderlab, 308 W 4th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404
Tickets: $15 members, $18 non-members
Chocolate is not just a delicious treat; it is also a historically and culturally significant commodity. WonderLab’s After Dark: Chocolate is a 21 and over event that discusses the history and science of chocolate. There will be local craft brews, mead, and food. Come eat, drink, be merry, and learn about chocolate as you enjoy some! More details…check out WonderLab’s Facebook page!
Date: February 18th
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
Benefits: Film programming at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater
This classic 1971 film starring Gene Wilder is based on the original book by Roald Dahl. The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as his children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring?
Week of Chocolate wouldn’t be possible without our Corporate Partners. And a very special thanks to our King of Cakes Sponsor, The Bloomington Moose Lodge! Please help us thank them by liking their Facebook page!
2018 King of Cakes
2018 Chocolatier Sponsors
2018 Chocolate Lovers
Bunger & Robertson
DIGITECH Advertising & Marketing
Markey’s Rental & Staging
Old National Bank
The Herald Times
Walker Construction Associates
WQRK Super Oldies
2018 Chocolate Fans
American Legion, Burton Woolery, Post 18
Blue & Company
Curry Auto Center
First Capital Group
First Insurance Group
IU Credit Union
JA Benefits, LLC
John Bethell Title Co.
Kovert Hawkins Architects
Precision Eye Group
Valenti Real Estate Services, Inc.
The Venue Fine Arts & Gifts
2018 Chocolate Friends
Bill C. Brown & Associates