Buy it, eat it, give it, bathe in it. Everybody loves chocolate. Especially the folks behind Dallaschocolate.org. Below you’ll find their list of interesting chocolate events happening soon.
Frankly, I want a chocolate cake. Like now. Suggestions??
From the copy and paste press release department:
Master chocolatier Andrea Pedraza, founder and owner of CocoAndre Chocolatier, will present a free lecture on the history of chocolate February 11, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center located at 223 West Jefferson Boulevard. While the event is free, reservations are strongly encouraged to (214) 670-3777.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a general admission to the ongoing Texas Sculpture Association’s Annual Membership Art Show with the History of Chocolate lecture at 7 p.m. Complimentary samples of CocoAndré handmade chocolate will be featured along with traditionally made Mexican hot chocolate. Additional CocoAndré Chocolatier merchandise will be available for purchase.
“For years I have always shared my knowledge with customers on the history of chocolate. Chocolate has been a huge part of my life for more than twenty-five years,” says Andrea Pedraza. “This lecture at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center will allow me the opportunity to reach a larger audience – one with whom I can share my passion.”
Zach Townsend, chocolatier at Pure Chocolate Desserts by Zach, is helping to bring
pastry author and tea expert Robert Wemischner to Dallas. Wemischner will be at Stephan Pyles on Feb. 12th where he’ll do a class consisting of tea enhanced dishes — salad, scallops, and smoked chicken wraps — plus a “Chocolate Melting Moments Torte (flavored with Assam tea)” that would be great for Valentine’s Day. The cost of the class is $125 + tax and includes the opportunity to buy Robert’s book The Dessert Architect. Wemischner will do a book signing after the class. Contact Lisa Moore at [email protected] or phone 214-999-1229, ext. 102 for more details on tickets to the event.
Chocolate Secrets will be having a four course dessert tasting on Friday February 11th – Monday February 14th with live jazz. $98 per couple includes two dessert tastings, a bottle of champagne, and a take home gift.
Chocolate Secrets also has a new Coco-Couture line with chocolate handbags and shoes for Valentine’s Day.
Arturo Romanillos, Program Chair – Pâtisserie & Baking at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, will be teaching a “Chef’s Series” class on Saturday Feb 12th. During the hands-on session students will participate in production techniques such as making hand-dipped candies, chocolate Truffles, and molded holiday confections. Aspects of how chocolate is made, how to temper, and theoretical application will also be discussed.
ML Dubay of Toffee Treats has created a delicious new item for Valentine’s Day. The luxurious white chocolate lollipops sprinkled with dried red cranberries, almonds, cashews, white raisins and a scattering of pecans with a touch of salt deliver the perfect sweet & salty sensation.
Nib Chocolates has expanded its selection at Cultured Cup. Chocoatier Steve Smith has included, among other new creations, his “43rd Blend Tea Truffle” which is flavored with the tea blend created for the 43rd President and his wife created by Cultured Cup. The truffle has notes of blood orange and fresh strawberry and is delicious no matter what your political party affiliation.
Sublime Chocolates in Allen is offering all hot drinks (including their sensuous sipping chocolate) at 10% off until Valentine’s Day. While in the Watter’s Creek store try a custom made dark chocolate bar. Just pick two ingredients from a list of dozens to add to your chocolate bar. You can enjoy this custom creation in under 10 minutes!
Darlene Leiker of CrossRoads Winery in Frisco will be choosing mostly local chocolates for a chocolate/wine pairing event on February 13th from 1pm – 6pm. Tickets are $20. The tasting will also feature the Winery’s own wines.
Central Market is hosting a number of events for their Chocolate Festival (Feburary 9-15). Check out their schedule of classes covering everything from “Chocolates for Your Valentine” which includes the making of truffles and caramels to a hands-on class titled, “For the Love of Chocolate” where one of the items to be made will be an “Ultimate Flourless Chocolate Cake.” Tickets to classes are $50-60 per person.