Annual library Chocolate Brunch attracts out-of-town visitors

Seating for the Chocolate Brunch in limited, make sure to secure a spot!

When the Greenbrier County Public Library announces its spring Chocolate Brunch, a posse from Elkins prepares to travel to Lewisburg.

“We just enjoy the camaraderie and friendship and getting together. It’s a nice family affair,” said C. Morgan Haymond, an independent paralegal/landman who is on the library board in Elkins.

Eleven members of what has become a regular Chocolate Brunch excursion have confirmed they’ll be attending this year’s event, scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Apr. 14.

“I would describe it as one of the nicest fundraisers to help a library,” Haymond said. He described the staff at the Greenbrier County Public Library, which sponsors the brunch to benefit the library, as first class. This is the fourth year that Haymond and his wife, Debra, have attended. Their first festival attendance was during the time their daughter lived in Lewisburg.

Haymond is equally enthusiastic about the brunch offerings. “Last year their French toast was wonderful,” he said.

He was referring to the introduction of the brunch’s Stuffed Mexican Hot Chocolate French Toast with Cinnamon Whipped Cream and Chocolate-Maple Ganache. The recipe features cream and cocoa powder in the toast, which is stuffed with a creamy chocolate ganache and topped with real whipped cream flavored with cinnamon.

The brunch starts with chocolate mousse, served by library staff, with the help of the Friends of the Greenbrier County Public Library. The meal also features chocolate-dipped bacon, a chocolate muffin, a white chocolate orange scone with lemon curd, hot chocolate and chocolate coffee. (Fruit, regular coffee, hot tea and juice also will be available.)

“The kids that help are well mannered,” Haymond added. Those junior servers were Graham Clemons, Brenna Shafer, Evan Shafer, Caden Carver and Rylee Carver.

This year’s library brunch is part of Lewisburg’s 12th Annual Chocolate Festival, which Haymond also praised, complimenting festival planners on how streets are blocked off and traffic directed.

Seating for the brunch is limited. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $5 for age 10 and younger. Tickets may be bought in advance at the library at 152 Robert W. McCormick Drive. Credit cards are accepted. More information is available by calling the library at 304-647-7568.