August 2015

7th Annual Death by Chocolate: What a Way to Go!

Author: Linda S. Hopkins

If you must leave this world, what better way to go than with a champagne glass in one hand and chocolate in the other? According to Nancy Sulek, chairwoman of the annual Death by Chocolate event, on Saturday, August 29, from 6-9 p.m., approximately 300 people are expected to converge on the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort for an evening of indulgence to benefit of one of the area’s most highly respected organizations: the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina.

You’re not likely to meet your maker there, but chances are you’ll recognize many of your neighbors, while sampling chocolate creations, both sweet and savory, and coveting the luxurious goods and services up for bid via silent auction (think golf packages, vacations, gourmet dinners, spa treatments, artwork and much more).
The evening will feature chefs and vendors from the Beaufort County area, each creating a chocolate appetizer, entrée, drink or dessert. Tastings will be offered throughout the night, and a panel of expert judges will award prizes for their favorites. As has been the tradition, champagne, donated by Reilley’s Grill and Bar, is free. A cash bar will be available for other libations.
Besides the obvious draw of a deliriously fun evening, event participation is driven by generosity rooted in history and tradition. “People know that they are helping a worthy cause,” Sulek said. “Almost everyone has been affected in some way by the Girl Scout organization.”

While many people associate Girl Scouts with Do-si-dos®, Trefoils®, Tagalongs®, and Thin Mints®, it’s not just about cookies. “It’s their very first business opportunity,” Sulek said, adding that “the number of influential women throughout the world is astounding.”

According to Forbes magazine, famous Girl Scouts include Taylor Swift, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lisa Ling, Hillary Clinton, Dakota Fanning, Abigail Breslin, Mariah Carey, Sandra Day O’Connor, Sally Ride, Martha Stewart, Mary Tyler Moore, Katie Couric, Lucille Ball, Susan Lucci, Barbara Walters, Sheryl Crow, Laura Bush, and Gloria Steinman. Women from all walks of life—from stay-at-home-moms to community leaders to business executives—have been influenced by early experiences as Girl Scouts.

In existence for 103 years, Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls, where in an accepting and nurturing environment, they build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives: strong values, social conscience and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina provides programs and services to more than 9,000 girls and 3,000 adults across 21 counties.

As of press time, event sponsors include Dian K. Castle & James R. Moore, SouthCoast Imaging, Hilton Head Honda, Custom Audio Video, Dyess Heating and Air, Kim Malphrus Realty and Sauls Funeral Home.

Tickets are $50 online at or by calling (800) 786-8704, ext. 150. All proceeds go to benefit girls in our area.

For sponsorship opportunities and information, call Nancy Sulek at (843) 290-6932. Learn more about the beneficiaries at

Celebrity Chef Tanya Holland Brings a Little Bit of Soul to Local Fundraiser
In addition to your favorite Lowcountry chefs, celebrity chef Tanya Holland will be on hand as guest and judge and will be autographing copies of her new cookbook, Brown Sugar Kitchen.

Holland is known for her role as a host and expert on soul food for the Melting Pot series on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel. She is regularly featured on the Today show, and has made guest appearances on The Talk, The Chew, Sarah Moulton’s Cooking Live, The Wayne Brady Show, Road Trip with G. Garvin, VH1’s Soul Cities, and more. Holland is currently a featured judge on TV One’s My Momma Throws Down.

Holland received her formal French training from La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France, receiving a Grande Diplôme. She has contributed to The Huffington Post, Food & Wine, Signature Bride, and Wine Enthusiast magazines, and has been featured in articles in O, The Oprah Magazine, Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, Sunset, The Wall Street Journal and numerous other publications. She is executive chef and owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side BBQ in Oakland, California and was named 2013 California Chef of the Year by the California Travel Association.

Dying to Go?
What: Death by Chocolate fundraiser
Where: Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort
When: Saturday, August 29, 6-9 p.m.
Why: To benefit Girl Scouts of Eastern Carolina
How: Tickets available at

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