Arts + Culture

The Chocolate Bar at the Benedum

Nov 12, 2022 - Nov 12, 2022 | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Benedum Center
237 7th St, Pittsburgh, PA
Downtown Pittsburgh , PA 15222

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Presents 

The Chocolate Bar at the Benedum on Saturday, November 12, 2022

A Sinful Soirée and a Night of Tantalizing Treats

Thursday, October 27, 2022 (Pittsburgh, PA) — The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust invites everyone to spend an indulgent night in the Ultimate Chocolate Fantasy in the heart of the Cultural District. The Chocolate Bar returns to the Benedum Center on Saturday, November 12 with a VIP Experience featuring an exquisite menu prepared and curated by Bob Sendell and All in Good Taste Productions from 6-7:30 p.m. The VIP menu includes Signature Pizzas with Chocolate Garnishing, Cocoa Crusted Brisket with Wild Mushrooms, Vegetarian Chili with Grilled Cheese, and Mole Sauce. See below for the Full VIP Menu. The VIP Experience will also include a special live music performance by the Check Your Bucket Band.

The main Chocolate Bar event takes place from 8-10:30 p.m. Held in the breathtaking lobby of the Benedum Center, a magical night awaits each guest as you enter the Grand Lobby, and the air is filled with the aroma of sweet and savory chocolate offerings from over 16 restaurants and chocolatiers and DJ SMI spinning all night.

At the Galerie d’ Art et Chocolat, our showcase artists for the evening are Amanda Wright, displaying her unique Chocolate Sculpture designed from chocolate as you enter into the Galerie Space with the brilliant, Claire Hardy featuring her “A Brush with Monet” series of paintings which will also be on display at the event along with a myriad of chocolate tastings.

The Chocolate Bar will feature decadent chocolate-inspired sweet treats and desserts as well as savory offerings including luscious chocolate ganache, dipped chocolates, Mississippi Mud Pies, dark and spicy truffles, Chocolate Raviolis filled with Lemon Ricotta, Short Ribs with Dark Chocolate & Blackberries, Chili & Cocoa Rubbed Tenderloin with Chocolate Red Bean Chili.  The Chocolate Bar Participants include: A519 Chocolates, Braddock’s Rebellion at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotels, The Capital Grille, Chocolate Moonshine, Con Alma, Chef Claudy Pierre and Eminent Hospitality, Churn Homemade Ice Cream, Culinaire, Eddie Merlot’s, Emerson’s, Forma Pasta, La Gourmandine, Lux Chocolates, The Milk Shake Factory, Nosh & Curd, Sabatello’s Bakery, Sarris Candies, Sweet Market Tabbara Chocolates, Toffee Taboo, Over Eden and The Brick Shop at the TRYP Hotel plus Willow & Wren Cookies by Chelsea and The Delicious KoKo Remix Cocktail Curated and Presented by Con Alma.

See Below for the GA Offerings.

And don’t miss out heading to our Lower Gallery for our very own Boulangerie Hades with Moelleux au Chocolat, Pain au Chocolat, Orange & Chocolate Macarons, Chocolate Madeleines, Mini Opera from La Gourmandine and Live Music by the Boilermaker Jazz Band and Café au Lait to warm your night.

Come for the “eye candy” too, as the Chocolate Bar models and dancers greet you to promote Hadestown, which is part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series.  General Admission tickets also include a photo opportunity in the Richard Parsakian & Eons Fashion Antique World of Dreams Drag Queen Photo Salon.  Models and dancers’ fashions are designed and styled by Richard Parsakian with hair and makeup courtesy of Izzazu Salon, Spa & Blowout Bar.

For tickets visit trustarts.org/chocolatebar.

 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners.  Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District.  The “District” is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization.  A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation, and creativity.  Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy, and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life.  Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.

Eddie Merlot’s

Chili & Cocoa Rubbed Tenderloin with Chocolate Red Bean Chili 

Braddock’s Rebellion at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel 

Mississippi Mud Pie with Marshmallow Cream

Over Eden and the Brick Shop TRYP Hotel

Short Ribs with Dark Chocolate & Blackberries

Chef Claudy Pierre Eminent Hospitality 

Chicken Mole

Nosh & Curd

Artisanal Grazing Table 

The Capital Grille 

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies


Chocolate pepper bombs

Sweet, pickled Juanita peppers stuffed with cocoa mascarpone cheese, topped with shaved dark chocolate 



Forma Pasta 

Chocolate Raviolis with Lemon Ricotta filling

The Milk Shake Factory

Dipped Chocolates, Liege Waffles, Crispy Marshmallow Bars, Dipped Smores, Dipped Oreos

Churn Homemade Ice Cream 

Homemade Ice Cream 

La Gourmandine

Moelleux au Chocolat, Pain au Chocolat, Orange & Chocolate Macarons, Chocolate Madeleines, Mini Opera 

Sabatello’s Bakery

Mini Black Forest Cheesecakes 

A519 Chocolate

Spiced Dark Chocolate Ganache & Classic Soft Carmel Truffles

Toffee Taboo 

Toffee Taboo

LUX Chocolates 

Bon Bons 

Tabbara Chocolates

Pecan Pie Bon Bons (maple caramel with pecan praline), 

Gianduja Gold Bon Bons (caramelized chocolate, and hazelnut with crunchy caramel pearls), and Coriander Bon Bons (coriander flavored praline)


Sarris Chocolates

Sarris Candies & Gardner’s Candies
Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Peanut Butter Meltaways



Chocolate Moonshine 

Luxury chocolates including hand painted moonshine truffle bars that have been featured on Good Morning America and America's Best Fudge recently featured on QVC

Jenny Lee Bakery

Jenny Lee Bakery Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Jenny Lee Swirl Bread

Willow & Wren Cookies by Chelsea 

Signature Cookies



Con Alma 

Ko Ko Remix Signature Cocktail


Café au lait with shaved chocolate 

Sweet Market  

 Chocolat Chaud with 

Whipped Cream 

Blume Honey Water 

Citrus Vanilla, Wild Blueberry, Ginger Zest


Cocoa Bombs


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