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Chocolate fever! High-profile Galleria area boutique lures football stars and fashionistas

Chocolate fever! Galleria store lures football stars and fashionistas

10a Chester Pitts, from left, Annie Rupani, Antoine Caldwell and Brandon Brooks at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Chester Pitts, from left, Annie Rupani, Antoine Caldwell and Brandon Brooks. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
15 Roland Maldonado, left, and Edward Sanchez at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Roland Maldonado, left, and Edward Sanchez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
13a Michael and Krystal Keys at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Michael and Krystal Keys. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
12b Nadia Khan, left, and Marissa Cilento at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Nadia Khan, left, and Marissa Cilento. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
11b Katherine Whaley, left, and Jenna Beth Whaley at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Katherine Whaley, left, and Jenna Beth Whaley. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
2b Allie Fields, from left, Diane Lokey Farb, Annie Rupani and Melissa Strong at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Allie Fields, from left, Diane Lokey Farb, Annie Rupani and Melissa Strong. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
11a Farida and Nasruddin Rupani at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Farida and Nasruddin Rupani. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
8b Jason Rhoton and Robin Haddad at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Jason Rhoton and Robin Haddad. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
7b Jared Lang, from left, Michael Chabala, Mark Sullivan and Nick Scurfield at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Jared Lang, from left, Michael Chabala, Mark Sullivan and Nick Scurfield. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
7a Children selecting cookies at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
Children working with chocolate samplings and Cacao & Cardomom. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
10a Chester Pitts, from left, Annie Rupani, Antoine Caldwell and Brandon Brooks at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
15 Roland Maldonado, left, and Edward Sanchez at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
13a Michael and Krystal Keys at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
12b Nadia Khan, left, and Marissa Cilento at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
11b Katherine Whaley, left, and Jenna Beth Whaley at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
2b Allie Fields, from left, Diane Lokey Farb, Annie Rupani and Melissa Strong at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
11a Farida and Nasruddin Rupani at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
8b Jason Rhoton and Robin Haddad at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
7b Jared Lang, from left, Michael Chabala, Mark Sullivan and Nick Scurfield at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014
7a Children selecting cookies at the Cacao & Cardamom party November 2014

Since opening her new sweets shop in the Centre at Post Oak, chocolatier Annie Rupani has done a bit of entertaining in her Cacao & Cardamom boutique, most recently hosting a benefit for the Chester Pitts Charitable Foundation.

A member of the original Houston Texans team, Chester Pitts stepped behind the counter to help sell the handmade, artisanal chocolates that put Rupani on the good eats map. With a portion of the sales going to his charity, Pitts rounded up Houston Texans starting right guard Brandon Brooks and former Texan Antoine Caldwell to join in the effort.

As part of the charity fun, 10 youngsters, fifth through ninth grades, were invited into the kitchen to learn about the fine art of chocolate-making and to get the inside scoop from Rupani on the challenges and rewards of being a small business owner. Special Houston Texans chocolates were on the menu. And for adults, the chocolate martinis courtesy of Deep Eddy Vodka were a hit.

Previously, Rupani had saluted Fashion Houston honchos with a chocolate and cocktail fete that brought out the fashionistas. Displaying her creative talents, Rupani prepared special servings of Black Sesame Ginger, Cardamom Rose and Blueberry Lime chocolates.

Fashion Houston founder Jared Lang led the throng that included Katherine Whaley, Michael Chabala, Marissa Cilento, Mark Sullivan, Diane Lokey Farb, Allie and Jay Fields and jewelry designer Breccia Demartini.