The 5th Annual Fall Chocolate Salon in San Francisco was a delight for chocolate and wine lovers. Despite the challenges of a rare morning rain in California (during a drought), the attendees still managed to come out and join the fun.
The event featured over 30 chocolatiers, confectioners, and wineries, and is the premier Fall chocolate event on the West Coas, including Neo Cocoa, Gâté Comme des Filles Chocolats, Amella Caramels, Truffly Made, Cowboy Toffee Co., Taza Chocolate, Endorfin Chocolat, La Châtelaine Chocolat Company, Fera’wyn’s Artisan Chocolates, flying noir, Claudia Marie Design, Jerk’n Pickle, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Kindred Cooks, CocoTutti, The Tea Room Chocolate Company, Cocoa Vida, Kika’s Treats, Marich Premium Chocolates, Quail Point Chocolate, Socola Chocolatier, Twisted Roots Vineyard, Raff Distillerie, Sottomarino Winery, Rosa D’Oro, Gourmet Blends, Farm Fresh To You, Meetup.com, Winery SF, and Chocolate Television.
Also participating was Jessica Ferraro, of Bar Cacao, who had a fascinating and well-attended presentation on the changes and trends in the Craft Chocolate Movement.
The Fall Chocolate Salon is produced by TasteTV. Other TasteTV Chocolate Salons include ones in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Monterey-Carmel, and Sacramento (as well as previous events in Chicago and Napa).
Multiple Chocolate Salon award winner Delysia Chocolatier is opening a new Chocolate Culinary Center in Austin. This is good news for the good people of Texas, as well as those who sample Delysia chocolates at various events, retailers, and via the mail.
Per their announcement:
Celebrated premium artisan chocolate manufacturer Delysia Chocolatier has announced plans to open a state of the art chocolate culinary center this November. Located in North Austin, Texas, the 2000 square foot Delysia Chocolate Culinary Center will serve as both the base of operations for the award-winning chocolatier and as a community gathering space that will host educational classes, chocolate pairing events, pop up dinners and more.
More than two years in the making, the technologically advanced Delysia Chocolate Culinary Center is the first complex of its kind in the State of Texas. The ultra-modern edifice showcases an impressive 23 x 32 foot kitchen, exquisitely equipped with stainless steel Bosch appliances, leading edge tempering machines, island and expandable seating, as well as a special chocolate cooling room and conditioned space, guaranteeing perfect crystallization. The center also includes a 16 x 12.5 foot conference room decked out with a 65” LED Smart TV with Theater 3D and floor-to-ceiling glass doors and walls. Upon entering the Chocolate Culinary Center, guests are greeted in a luxurious lobby that features an intricately-branded design that includes Italian hand-blown glass lighting fixtures, a commercial grade audio system and wireless smartphone charging stations. Strategically coordinated natural lighting highlights the stunning craftsmanship and forward-thinking scope of the culinary center’s artistic architecture, adding to the high tech headquarters’ alluring charm.
At the Delysia Chocolate Culinary Center, chocolate lovers will be able to experience firsthand the process of making chocolate, learn where their chocolate originates from and receive education on its health benefits. The center will become an educational hub where the people of Austin and its surrounding communities can gather with friends and families to enjoy a peerless, positive chocolate “experience”. In short, the Delysia Chocolate Culinary Center is a modern day chocolate factory.
“Six years ago, when I launched Delysia Chocolatier, it was a very small endeavor. A hobby,” states founder and chocolatier, chef Nicole Patel. “I never imagined that we would one day own our very own facility, nor that we would have the support to grow to such a size. After two years of hard work, headaches and setbacks, I am proud to announce that we have finished work on our chocolate culinary center. It is my sincere pleasure to open the doors to Austin’s first chocolate culinary center and to introduce to a larger market, the wonderful and sustainably crafted chocolates that we produce.”
Simultaneously, Delysia Chocolatier has been named one of the Best Chocolatiers and Confectioners in America by the International Chocolate Salon Awards. Delysia was one of only ten chocolatiers to receive the six-star rating and is the only Texas-based chocolate company to land the perfect appraisement. This Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners award recognizes the artisan company’s achievements in the Bridal category (Gold medals for solid chocolate cowboy boots, chocolate invitations, and two-piece custom salted caramel and orange truffle favor boxes); Bars competition (Silver medals for Salt Lick Dry Rub bark and Pecan Cayenne bark); and Top Truffle Artistry (Gold medal for the Jalapeño Tequila truffle). The International Chocolate Salon entrants, presented by TasteTV and Chocolate Television, were judged during Salons in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and also standalone Chocolate Salon Award Competitions. This is Delysia’s second consecutive year being named to the International Chocolate Salon’s prestigious list.
“In just five short years, Delysia Chocolatier has become Austin’s premier artisan chocolate maker. There is no mass production at Delysia: Each artisan truffle is handmade personally by the chocolatier herself.” – AUSTIN WOMAN
“Delysia Chocolatier is a tiny confectioner in Austin, TX…the chocolate is sweet and good.” – WINE SPECTATOR
“Nicole Patel didn’t set out to become a chocolatier, but when the Texas A&M-trained engineer was laid off from her job with a local tech firm, her hobby of making chocolate truffles slowly presented itself as a possible career change…now, Patel’s chic line of custom sweets is available online and at select retailers, restaurants, and Texas winery gift shops in Austin and the Hill Country.” – AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Creating compelling images using food is not new, but it is a growing trend in the world of the art.
Profile here are excerpts from TasteTV’s new photo-miniature series — soon to be a web video series, entitled “Land of the Chocolate Giants.” The entire series will be unveiled in late 2014 by TCB Cafe Publishing and TasteTV.
The chocolate included in the photo above comes from Toffee Talk
The 19th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival took place recently in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco, and the event did not lack for that key ingredient: chocolate! But it also included other interesting contributions, such as a fantastic assortment of California wines (and even beer).
In addition to the tasting, there were also presentations and activities, Ghirardelli Chocolate Earthquake Ice Cream Eating Contest, Chocolate School- “From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar”, and Chef Demonstrations.
As always, a portion of the event’s proceeds were contributed to the non-profit, Project Open Hand. Project Open Hand, a local organization that provides meals to the homebound critically ill, senior citizens, and those living with HIV/AIDS. Last year, festival proceeds raised more than $90,000 for this cause.