Candies, cakes, brownies, and cookies made for a mouth-watering main course at the Chocolate Affair Saturday night. You could smell the chocolate as soon as you walked into the Memminger, where hundreds of guests were either thoroughly enjoying themselves or were on such a sugar high that they didn’t care.

The event, which benefited Communities in Schools, began with the judging of desserts donated by local restaurants and chefs. With 36 contestants, the competition was stiff and judging was a challenge (City Paper’s Robert Moss was up to the task). The entry from Circa 1886, a tall cake with beautiful details, took home the top artistic award, while Anson’s dark chocolate torte won the taste award. Among some of the more unique desserts were a chocolate voodoo cake from Fork Catering.

While the official judging was going on, guests mingled at cocktail hour, sipping chocolate martinis and bidding on hundreds of silent auction items. When the doors to the main ballroom opened after the tabulating wrapped up, the crowd stampeded to grab seats and food. Although chocolate was the theme of the evening, other food was available, but long lines led to the dessert table being attacked first.

Guests, many decked out in tuxedos and colorful dresses, danced the evening away, dipping and swirling across the dance floor. The dining, dancing, and socializing could have gone on all night, but the crowd quieted down enough to take care of the main event — an auction to raise money for local school kids.