A special evening paying tribute to chocolate, the food that’s so much more than just dessert, is coming Thursday, May 25, to the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum. The public is invited to attend “Chocolate Wine & Dine,” an event featuring an international menu of chocolate-infused entrees, desserts, wines, and beers. This event is sponsored by the State Historical Society and its Foundation. Seven unique gourmet stations will be created by Edgar and Isabel Oliveira of Mandan’s Harvest Brazilian Grill and Bismarck’s James River Café and a certified chocolatier. Stations will feature specially created chocolate-infused delights from Brazil, France, Mexico, Uruguay, Greece, Italy, and the United States. Participants will also enjoy an exclusive preview of Chocolate: The Exhibition, opening on May 27. Acclaimed North Dakota artist Jessica Wachter will create special chocolate artwork during this event, and the Dennis Gowen Trio will provide music. Partners are McQuade Distributing Co, Inc., US Foods, Republic National Distributing Company, and Dakotah Rose Delights. “People seeking a unique experience will love this fun evening of chocolate, creative gourmet food, and wine pairings served with a taste of history, music and art,” said Kimberly Jondahl, Communications and Education director for the Historical Society. Tickets are $45. Purchase tickets and find the full menu at statemuseum.nd.gov/ChocWineDine or call 701.328.2670. Chocolate: The Exhibition is a national traveling exhibit exploring the history behind the tasty treat we crave. Explore the plant, products, and culture of chocolate through the lenses of science, history, and popular culture through objects and interactive displays at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum from May 27 to Sept. 6. Chocolate and its national tour were developed by the Field Museum, Chicago, and supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. Find more about exhibit tickets and upcoming Chocolate programs at statemuseum.nd.gov.