By WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams III Choc

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams IIIChocolate enthusiasts and businesses gathered together for the annual Death by Chocolate Tournament to experience what delectable chocolate dishes Tuscaloosa has to offer.The event was put on by Family Counseling Services and acts as their main fundraising event. The event took over the Tuscaloosa River Market and drew in Tuscaloosa residents for an exciting evening.“It enables us to provide a lot of services to individuals and families who might not be able to access services otherwise because we do provide a lot of free counseling to students and a lot of services to at risk teens with no cost,” said Larry Deavers, the executive director of FCS.The event served not just as a great fundraiser, it also gave Tuscaloosa residents the chance to experience delicious dishes prepared by businesses that participated in the competition.“We have probably been competing in this event for about five years now,” said Heather Reier, owner of Peterbrooke Chocolatier. “It’s a great event. We love helping Family Counseling Services out. It’s a great event for a great cause.”A total of 11 local businesses competed to be given the title of “best chocolate in Tuscaloosa” on April 19. At the end of the tournament Southern Ale House won best presentation and River was awarded the distinction of Tuscaloosa’s Best Chocolate for 2018.“This is the fifth year that we have had a chocolate event as part of this fundraiser,” said Deavers. “And that has seemed to generate a great deal of excitement and people talk about it all year long. They are really looking forward to it.”Reier said that even though the fundraiser is held as a competition, that isn’t the focus of the event. Instead, all of the businesses look to help continue the services FCS provides so that the people in the community can receive the help they need.“This is a fun event and it’s not really about competing necessarily for a title or anything, although it’s nice to win,” said Reier. “We just really like to help Family Counseling Services.”last_img read more