February 20, 2020 - Cocoa for Cooking with Carmen Portillo

Enjoy a night of food, fun, and philanthropy as Carmen Portillo, of Cocoa Belle Chocolates, leads a cooking class at Eggshells Kitchen Company to benefit the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance! These benefit classes are sponsored by Eggshells Kitchen Company and Ben E. Keith Foods. Tickets are $50 per person with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, the only statewide hunger relief organization.

Born and raised in Little Rock, AR Carmen Portillo moved to the United Kingdom in 2003. While abroad Carmen had her first handmade, gourmet chocolate truffle. Later she traveled to Paris, France and caught the chocolate fever! Upon returning to home over a year later, she longed for that experience again.
Carmen is the CEO & Chocolatier of Cocoa Belle Chocolates, and Co-Founder of CB-Dulce Cannabidiol-Infused Chocolate.
In April 2019, Carmen was featured as a competitor on “Bake You Rich,” which aired on the Food Network. Other features include 2019 AY “Best Arkansas Handmade Product” and Vogue Magazine’s “2017 Culinary Collection”.
Carmen studied at the Notter School for Confectionary and Chocolate Arts in Orlando, Florida combined with a certificate from Ecole Chocolat Professional Chocolate Arts, making Carmen the first Certified Professional Chocolatier in the State of Arkansas.


Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance, lead partner in Arkansas for the No Kid Hungry campaign, is a non-profit collaborative network of more than 520 hunger relief organizations across Arkansas. Our founding members include the Arkansas Foodbank in Little Rock, the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in Jonesboro, Harvest Regional Food Bank in Texarkana, Food Bank of North Central Arkansas in Norfork, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank in Bethel Heights and River Valley Regional Food Bank in Fort Smith. The Alliance mission is to reduce hunger and improve access to nutritious food by providing tools and resources, empowerment, advocacy, education and research. We invite you to visit www.arhungeralliance.org for details on hunger relief programs, donor and volunteer opportunities.

Class Details:
  • When: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Where: Eggshells Kitchen Co. (5501 Kavanaugh Blvd, Little Rock, AR, 72207)
  • Reservation Fee: $50
  • Advance reservations are required.
  • Menu to include: TBD
  • The price of admission includes a welcome glass of wine and the dishes the chef prepares. Water will be provided and you are welcome to bring an additional beverage of your choice for the evening.

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