Chat Chew Chocolate

Musician Mary Hoffman will return to Chat, Chew and Chocolate after the club started six years ago. The meeting will take place on Sept. 21 at the Hillside Spot in Ahwatukee Foothills.

Tamra Wade

It has been six years since the inaugural meeting of Ahwatukee Chat, Chew and Chocolate (CCC). The women's group has seen a myriad of speakers since inception and plans to kick off its sixth year with its original guest, musician Mary Hoffman.

CCC is a place for women to come and talk openly, cutting out superficiality, and making new friends, Hoffman said.

"I love it," she added. "It's different because when someone talks, everyone listens."

Hoffman will play at the group's Sept. 21 meeting at Hillside Spot, 4740 E. Warner Road in Ahwatukee Foothills, from 6 to 9 p.m. She is working on a second CD and is planning to release it by the end of the year.

"I was so honored when she accepted," said Liz Elston, the Ahwatukee neighborhood director of CCC. "She's a kind person and to have her here to launch our sixth year is amazing."

Hoffman has previously opened for Kenny Chesney after winning his "Next Big Star" competition for the Phoenix round in 2008. In 2009, Hoffman won the Chicks with Picks "Next Talented Chick" contest and warmed up for Michelle Branch and Sarah Buxton at Tempe Town Lake.

Tickets are $21 for one and $38 if you buy two. That includes a light meal, wine and, of course, chocolate. To register or to find out more information, visit

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.