Diamonds and pearls, the theme of this year’s Fantasies in Chocolate, won’t only grace the gowns of gala goers on Nov. 5 in Grand Sierra Resort and Casino.

The annual event raises money for community programs supported by RGJ Media's charitable foundation. (Scroll down for ticket information and a list of vendors and what they'll be offering.)

Diamonds and pearls also will sparkle and softly shimmer atop thousands of confections created by pastry chef Jennifer Kovacs and team at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, the host property.

Edible diamonds, fashioned from liquid sugar injected into molds, will garnish pastries like miniature cheesecakes striped with chocolate glaze and slices of rich red velvet cake set with rolled wafers dipped in chocolate.

As for candy pearls, they’ll top orbs of passion fruit mousse and swirls of chocolate ganache filling chocolate tart shells and spoons cradling chocolate ganache and a sheen of glitter glaze.

“We can change it to pretty much any color we want,” Kovacs said of the glaze. “We have lots of toys.”

Beyond diamonds and pearls, the GSR booth at Fantasies will offer baubles like tuxedo strawberries and coconut mousse domes dotted with dragées and, perhaps, “some sort of fancy cake pops,” Kovacs said.


What: Annual gala fundraiser for RGJ Media’s charitable foundation

When: Nov. 5 (5:30 p.m. VIP admission, 7:30 p.m. general admission)

Where: Summit Pavilion, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E. Second St.

Theme: Diamonds and pearls


■ VIP dinner and wine service

■ Beer, wine and spirits

■ Chocolate desserts and other sweets

■ Savory dishes

■ Live magic, music and dancing

■ After-party at Lex Nightclub

Dress: In accord with event theme or in black tie

Tickets: $90, general admission (including sales at the door); $15, Lex Nightclub after-party; VIP sales have closed.



Note: As of posting time, some vendors had not indicated what they would be serving at the event. Vendors are listed alphabetically.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa: Chocolate fountain with fresh strawberries and marshmallows

The Baked Bear: Cookies; ice cream

Batch Cupcakery: Cupcakes

Blend Catering: Dark chocolate brownies with salted caramel, meringue and vanilla crème anglaise

Blum: Chocolate truffles

Campo: Deep-fried mac and cheese with braised pork, chocolate and smoked paprika

Cherry Bomb Catering: Cocoa brisket chili; cocoa chips; Mexican hot truffles

Delicious Designs: Meringue cookies with dark chocolate; poached pear cup with chocolate chip cake; orange cake ball; champagne cupcakes

Diamond Vault Reno: Jewelry display

1864 Tavern


Grand Sierra Resort and Casino: Thousands of various confections

The Jungle

Kimmie Candy: Chocolate-covered candy

Lavender Box Bakery: Cupcakes; cookies

Liberty Food & Wine Exchange: Chocolate ciabatta French toast with Calabrian chili maple syrup and nduja; queso fresco arancini

Men Wielding Fire: Chocolate chili

Michael & Son’s Jewelry: Jewelry display

My Scandinavia: Mocha chocolate brownies; oatmeal cookies; coffee

Rapscallion: Shrimp mole tostadas

Scheels: Fudge; Bavarian nuts

Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits: Various beers, wines and spirits

Sugar Love Chocolates: Caramel corn; chocolate truffles

Sushi Pier: Smoked salmon rolls

Tahoe Blue Vodka: Vodka and raspberry balsamic vinegar cocktail topped with Kimmie Candy chocolate

Whole Foods Market: Spicy jicama slaw with cocoa nibs; won ton crisps with beef barbacoa

William Furs: Fur display

Winey Munkies: Wine ice cream

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