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Press Release – An Evening of Chocolate

January 22, 2010

From a KVCC press release….

*An Evening of Chocolate* in the Kalamazoo Valley Museum on Friday,
Feb. 12, will feature a how-to demonstration for making  a no-bake
luscious dessert and a showing of Johnny Depp*s 2000 romance film,
*Chocolat.*

The $15 tickets for the double-header must be purchased in advance and
are limited to 84, the number of seats available in the museum*s Mary
Jane Stryker Theater where the film will be shown.

A chef from the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites will give a full
demonstration at 6 p.m. on how to make a mocha toffee crunch terrine
dessert.  Each ticket holder will be given a slice to eat, along with a
recipe card.

Once all fingers are licked, the 84 will move into the museum*s
theater to watch the film based on the novel of the same name by Joanne
Harris.

It*s the story of a young mother who arrives at a fictional,
repressed French village in the winter of 1959 with her 6-year-old
daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya.

Her chocolate creations quickly begin to change the lives of the
townspeople. The store imbues both wonder and angst as it opens during
the 40 days of Lent.

The confections enliven a married couple’s tired romance, encourage an
elderly man’s secret love, bring rapport to a willful diabetic, and
comfort an awkward woman who longs to leave her drunken and abusive
husband.

However, the devout village mayor sees the chocolate-maker as an
immoral provocateur and quietly works for her downfall.

Joining Depp in the cast is Judi Dench, who in recent years has taken
on the role of *M* in the latest James Bond films.  *Chocolat*
was nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globes, and won a Screen Actors
Guild Award for outstanding performance by an entire cast.

For more information, contact Jen Austin, the museum*s special-events
coordinator, at (269) 373-7990 or
jaustin@kvcc.edu.

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