Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center
1860 Mellwood Ave.
$10; 5:30-8 p.m.
There was a brief stint during my childhood when I looked for a golden ticket in every chocolate bar, convinced I might be one of the lucky few chosen to nibble my way through Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. I was crushed upon learning my dream of endless desserts was just a fantasy. (It was the saddest I’d been since the summer of ’84 ended without a visit from the Sweet Pickles bus.) Well, it might have taken a couple decades, but it turns out some sweet dreams do come true: Sugar Rush will offer an array of cupcakes, brownies, cookies, ice cream, candy and other treats, along with dessert-inspired libations and wine. Guests will have the chance to vote for the best dessert, with a king or queen confectioner crowned at the end of the evening. Co-sponsored by LEO Weekly and NFocus Magazine, Sugar Rush benefits Kosair Children’s Hospital, meaning you can gorge without the guilt. —Sarah Kelley