The 16th Annual Rivers of Chocolate Festival Proved to be a Sweet Success


The 16th annual Rivers of Chocolate Festival, held at the breath-taking Mountain Winery in the Saratoga hills, was an event where friends, both old and new, enjoyed Silicon Valley’s best of the best in all culinary categories while, at the same time, helping in the goal to eradicate homelessness in Santa Clara County.

This year, as in years past, the ROC event raised funds that benefit EHC LifeBuilders’ mission to continue to provide job training, housing and assistance to homeless families, men, women, and children living in Santa Clara County. The ROC event and fundraiser has proven to be an extra sweet means to a positive end in all aspects of charity. Not only do patrons of the event have the opportunity to sample many of the delicacies that Bay Area vintners, chocolatiers, and local restaurants have to offer, but they do so by also benefitting a worthy cause; with 100% of the proceeds going to EHC LifeBuilders.

Please enjoy the photo-essay from this year’s event:

The breath-taking view from the Mountain Winery.

Guests were treated to classical music as they sipped wine and savored all the delicacies.

Vino and chocolate. Can it get any better than this?

Got Wine?

Having fun under the California sun…what more can you want?

Savory, sweet, and tangy treats…oh, my!

More tasty treats.

Dessert with a spectacular view!

EHC LifeBuilders CEO, Jenny Niklaus

Gal’s best friend having a great time at ROC.

The live auction benefitting EHC LifeBuilders.

The true purpose of the event: to help end homelessness in Santa Clara County…and beyond.

A beautiful end to a charitably sweet day.

For more information on EHC LifeBuilders and how YOU can help end homelessness, please visit

For more information on the Rivers of Chocolate Festival and how you can attend next year’s event, please visit:

A special THANK YOU goes to EHC LifeBuilders’ Communications Manager, Anna Bagirov for the accommodations.

Photo-Essay by Sophia M. Papadopoulos 


Loved the event, thank you for allowing Moroccos Restaurant to be part of this top notch venue, vendors and for sure to all the volunteers that are part of such a great cause! Attendees of the Rivers of chocolate events do get extended happy hour pricing on our Sangria for the months of May, june and July!

Jenny Niklaus
Jenny Niklaus

Thank you Sophia for doing such a lovely job of documenting the event!

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