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A Taste of Chocolate at the Clark October 29

For Immediate Release

October 10, 2006

Sumptuous delights featuring Toblerone chocolate, prepared by local celebrity chefs, will make the “Chocolate Challenge” at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute a mouthwatering cocoa extravaganza. Two winning entries will be chosen on Sunday, October 29 between 4:30 to 5:30 pm. A public taste test will determine one of the two winners and local food critics and editors will select the other winner of the chocolate cook-off. The contest is one of several events held in conjunction with the current special exhibition, Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape which is sponsored by Toblerone. Admission to the “Chocolate Challenge” is free and space is limited.

Local eateries stepping up to the challenge will be Hobson's Choice, Tunnel City Coffee, Café Latino, Mezze Bistro and Bar, Castle Street Café, and Jae's at the Clark. Swiss chocolate maker Toblerone is providing over 90 pounds of milk, dark, and white Swiss chocolate to the chefs for this event. Hoping to win over people’s taste buds, chefs will bring their most delectable entries to the “Chocolate Challenge” for the public and judges to taste.

Two winners will be announced. Food critics and editors Amanda Rae Busch of Berkshire Living, Deanne Moskowitz of The Berkshire Eagle, and Jim Lambert, chef at the Berkshire Community College Culinary School, will judge the savory fare and pick one of the winners. A popular ballot, hence the tastings, will determine the other winner, the public’s favorite.

This “Chocolate Challenge” will whet your appetite for all things Swiss. At 2 pm, prior to the chocolate tasting, catch a free showing of the 1975 action thriller The Eiger Sanction (123 minutes, rated R), staring Clint Eastwood as an art history professor/international assassin sent to the Alps in search of a Russian killer. Admission to the film is free.

“The staff at the Clark looks forward to seeing, and especially tasting, how the various chefs put Toblerone chocolate to use in the recipes,” said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. “These local chef are extremely talented and should submit some wonderfully diverse and delicious entries.”

“We at Tolberone are so excited to be partnering with the Clark on the Alpine Views exhibition as well as the ‘Chocolate Challenge.’ We see this exhibition as a great opportunity to share both geographic and culinary masterpieces of the Swiss culture,” said Akym Kuzmick, brand manager of Tolberone. “We wish all the chefs the best of luck and all of the participants at the ‘Chocolate Challenge’ a delicious event experience!”

The Clark
Set amidst 140 bucolic acres in the picturesque Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums in the United States that also serves as a leading international center for research and higher education. In addition to its extraordinary collections, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance new scholarship and presents an array of public and educational programs. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. Its Fellows and Conference Programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

Toblerone
Toblerone is a leading chocolate brand within the Kraft Foods global portfolio, sold in over 120 countries worldwide. Kraft Foods (NYSE:KFT) is the world’s second-largest food and beverage company. For more than 100 years, we’ve been dedicated to helping people around the world eat and live better. Hundreds of millions of times a day, in more than 150 countries, consumers reach for their favorite Kraft brands including Kraft cheeses and dinners, Jacobs, Gevalia and Maxwell House coffees, Oscar Mayer meats, DiGiorno pizzas, Oreo cookies, Ritz and Wheat Thins crackers and chips, Philadelphia cream cheese, Milka and Côte d’Or chocolates, Honey Bunches of Oats cereals, Good Seasons salad dressings and Tang refreshment beverage. They’ve also started adding our Tassimo hot beverage system, South Beach Diet line and a growing range of better-for-you Sensible Solution products to their shopping baskets, continually expanding their list of Kraft favorites. For more information about Toblerone, visit www.toblerone.com.

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