For the Love of Chocolate

The French Pastry School at CityFLOC1 Colleges of Chicago has produced some of the most talented pastry chefs in Chicago and around the nation.

Founded by Chefs, Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F., the school is known for offering innovative, effective and intensive programs geared to equip students with the abilities to achieve excellence in the pastry, baking and confectionery arts.

Some of the most talented pastry professionals in the world teach at the French Pastry school, dedicated to passing on their knowledge to students who share a passion for pastry artistry.

Foundation Scholarships

For nine years, the For the Love of Chocolate Foundation has held an annual fundraiser, “For the Love of Chocolate Gala”, to help supply future scholarships to students who would not otherwise be able to afford a prestigious education in the pastry arts.

Over 800 people attended thisFLOC2 9th Annual Gala held at the historic 130 year old Union League Club of Chicago, which was transformed into a roaring twenties speakeasy for the event.  Attendees got to experience new pastry artistic themes, innovative pastry creations, entertainment and delectable bites from the best in SABRAGE-GARBINChicago.

The five course dinner was presented by Chef Michael Garbin, featuring a menu inspired by the decadence of the jazz age. Chef Garbin opened dinner by performing a Sabrage, (opening champagne with a saber), it was delightful.

After dinner, guests were treated to the, “Movable Feast and Dessert Dance Party”. There were a myriad of desserts and specialty drinks offered from over 100 event sponsors, including some of Chicago’s best known food service companies, chefs and restaurants. Musical entertainment was presented by The Betty’s, a jazz age trio, absolutely the Bee’s Knees, and by DJ Anacron who Hit on all Sixes. Eva Grandeur’s burlesque show, was definitely the Cat’s Pajamas. 

Ultimate Cake Walk

One of the highlights of the evening was The Great Gâteau Cake Parade, where a showcase of cakes made by twenty local pastry professionals and students from Chicago’s After School Matters program, was preFLOCsented.

Cake designs were inspired by the architecture of the ‘20’s that shaped the Chicago skyline. There were scores of beautifully decorated art deco stylized cakes in vibrant colors capturing the spirit of the era’s architecture, art and the Industrial Age. (See our Flipagram from the event here.)

Paying it Forward

This year’s event raised over $180,000, with all proceeds going to the funding of student scholarships for the school’s two primary programs:

L’Art de la Pâtisserie – a 24-week program in pastry, baking, and confectionery arts education. This intensive program is designed to give students a broad and thorough foundation in the art of pastry and baking, from bread to chocolate to ice cream, and everythinglogo in between.

L’Art du Gâteau – a 16-week program dedicated to the art of cake baking and decorating. Students receive a unique, hands-on training focused on all aspects involving the creation of wedding, celebration, and specialty cakes.

The French Pastry School is dedicated to the art of pastry and to producing the best-prepared professionals entering the industry. Their alumni are changing the face of pastry across the nation while continuing to preserve the traditions of the French masters.

The scholarships raised will be awarded later this year in advance of the next semester. There are over 1,000 students who attend the school each year. Learn more at

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