The Sweetest Experience in Town!

So much more than just a gala, EPI’s Annual Chocolate Ball is a unique experience that will entertain you from start to finish. Enjoy a glass of champagne or sip a delectable chocolate martini to begin your culinary adventure!

Click here for a visual tour of the Chocolate Ball Experience!

Cocktail Reception: 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the Foyer

Open Bar

Start your evening with a glass of complimentary champagne, a decadent chocolate martini or sample wine from local vineyards.  Soda, beer, cocktails are also available.

Thank you to Heron Hill and Tito’s Handmade Vodka for donating wine and vodka to this event!

Cake Sampling

Where else can you get dessert before dinner? 

The Chocolate Cake Competition is the highlight of the evening! 

Each year, we invite local pastry chefs to create beautiful masterpieces, inspired by a specific theme.  In 2023, our theme is La Dolce Vita and we can’t wait to see – AND TASTE! – what these talented chefs create.

During the Cocktail Reception, take your time to sample each and every chocolate cake while meeting the chefs responsible for these exquisite pieces.  Don’t forget to vote for your favorite cakes – one in the beginner category and one in the advanced category.  We won’t tell if you need a second sample to make your final decision!  Winners will be announced during dinner.

Bid on Silent Auction Items

Browse and bid on the amazing items we’ve secured for the Silent Auction.  Family-friendly packages, one-of-a-kind sporting experiences, luxurious self-care options, fine tailoring, couture fashion, and much more!  The Silent Auction closes promptly at 9:00 pm with check-out at the end of the evening.

Gold and diamonds and pearls, oh my!

Purchase a beautiful Lotus Bowl from Encore Chocolates for your chance to win a stunning piece of jewelry.  One of the boxes contains the winning ticket – can you select the right one?  The winner will be provided with redemption information at the end of the evening.

Enter the Cake Pull

The Cake Competition Judging Panel will select ten cakes for the Live Cake Auction at the end of the evening.  All other cakes will be raffled off in the cake pull.  Just like a wine pull you may have done before, but this time you get chocolate cake!  Cakes may be collected at the end of the evening.

Dinner Presentation & Awards: 7:00 pm in the Ball Room

Scrumptious Dinner

Enjoy a delicious dinner! Buon Appettito!


Mozzarella Pearls with Tomatoes over Mixed Greens with Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Balsamic Glaze

Duet of  6oz French Cut Chicken with Thyme Velouté Sauce and 4oz Beef Filet with Rosemary Demi-Glace
Olive Oil & Rosemary Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Or vegetarian option:
Risotto alla Milanese, a delicious, creamy golden risotto made with saffron

Assorted Italian cookies


Your participation in the Chocolate Ball helps fund EPI and its programs for children and adults with epilepsy.  Learn more about Camp EAGR, meet some of our program participants, and get a glimpse into how our support truly changes lives.

Chocolate Cake Competition Awards

Victory is sweet when we announce the winners of the Chocolate Cake Competition!

Live Cake Auction & Cake Pull

This is your chance to take home one of the masterpieces created by our chefs.  Yes, you can have cake for breakfast the next day!

Music, Dancing & Check-Out: Until 11:00 pm in the Ball Room

Show off your best moves! When your dancing feet have had enough, head to the Check-Out Table to claim your goodies!