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THE 2010 FALL LUXURY CHOCOLATE SALON




Annual Awards for Excellence

Presented by



and






FALL
Chocolate Salon Tasting Panel Judges


Kat Montgomery
The Chocolate Addict

Carole Bloom
Chocolate Expert and Author

Leslie Harlib,
food writer/restaurant critic

Lily Ko
Arts & Shopping Editor
SF Station:
San Francisco's City Guide

Anneli Rufus
East Bay Express

Anita Chu
Dessert First
author of "A Field Guide to Cookies"

Ben Seto
"Cooking with the Single Guy"

Emma Krasov
Russian-American Weekly
Art and Entertain Me

Mary Vincent
Gratitude Gourmet

Janet Rudolph
Dying for Chocolate Blog
Tamara Palmer
SF Weekly / SFoodie
Cheryl
Cupcakeblog
Edie Ichioka
David Ichioka

www.bunrab.com
Kelsey Elliott
kelseats.com
David A. Lytle
Frommers.com
Yosh Han
Artisan Perfumer
V. Sheree Williams
Cuisine Noir Magazine
Lynn Wong
Viva Cocolat boutique
Chef Jeff Gambardella
Rigolo Cafe
Michele Mandell
Restaurant and Chef Publicist
Cindy Wong-Chen
Restaurateur
Angela F. Lazear
"Food Apprecianado"
East Bay Food Scene
Denise Woodward
Lenny Ferreira

Chez Us
Lisa Lu
Pastry Chef
Jardinière restaurant

 




Fall
Chocolate Salon Tasting Panel Awards



 



FIRST PLACE
GOLD



SECOND PLACE
SILVER



THIRD PLACE
BRONZE
Best Dark Chocolate

Amano Artisan Chocolate Carlos Mann Nicaraguan Artisan Chocolates
TCHO
Best Milk Chocolate

Amano Artisan Chocolate
Vice Chocolates
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Christopher Michael Chocolates
Best Truffle

Vice Chocolates Salt Side Down Chocolates
Gateau et Ganache

Choclatique
Coco Delice Fine Chocolates
Amano Artisan Chocolate

Top Artisan Chocolatier

Amano Artisan Chocolate Vice Chocolates
Socola Chocolatier
Au Coeur Des Chocolats
Most Delicious Ingredient Combinations

Socola Chocolatier
Vice Chocolates
Salt Side Down Chocolates
Au Coeur Des Chocolats
Gateau et Ganache
Most Artistic Designs

Sterling Confections
Vice Chocolates
Au Coeur Des Chocolats
TCHO
CocoTutti
Choclatique
Coco-luxe Confections
Socola Chocolatier
Gateau et Ganache
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Plumeria Flours
Christopher Michael Chocolates

Best Gift Set

Vice Chocolates Choclatique
Socola Chocolatier
Amano Artisan Chocolate

Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience

Amano Artisan Chocolate Salt Side Down Chocolates
Socola Chocolatier

Au Coeur Des Chocolats
Vice Chocolates
Best Traditional Chocolates

Choclatique

Gateau et Ganache
Amano Artisan Chocolate

Saratoga Chocolates
Ghirardelli Chocolate
Coco-luxe Confections

Best Flavored Chocolate

Vice Chocolates Saratoga Chocolates
Amano Artisan Chocolate
The Tea Room chocolate
Landru Chocolates
Choclatique
Coco Delice Fine Chocolates
Socola Chocolatier
Gateau et Ganache
Jade Chocolates
Carlos Mann Nicaraguan Artisan Chocolates
Au Coeur Des Chocolats

Best Dark Chocolate Bar

Amano Artisan Chocolate Carlos Mann Nicaraguan Artisan Chocolates
Snake & Butterfly
Best Milk Chocolate Bar

Amano Artisan Chocolate Ghirardelli Chocolate
TCHO
Saratoga Chocolates
The Tea Room chocolate
Sterling Confections
Jade Chocolates
Carlos Mann Nicaraguan Artisan Chocolates
Vice Chocolates
Christopher Michael Chocolates

Best Flavored Chocolate Bar

Vice Chocolates Snake & Butterfly
The Tea Room chocolate
Best in Salon

Amano Artisan Chocolate Vice Chocolates
Salt Side Down Chocolates
CocoTutti
Choclatique
Socola Chocolatier
Snake & Butterfly
Carlos Mann Nicaraguan Artisan Chocolates
Christopher Michael Chocolates

Top Toffee in Salon

Clarine's Florentines Landru Chocolates
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Best Presentation & Packaging

Vice Chocolates Saratoga Chocolates
Jade Chocolates
Au Coeur Des Chocolats
Socola Chocolatier
Best Organic or Fair Trade Products

Snake & Butterfly TCHO
ALTER ECO Fair Trade
Amano Artisan Chocolate

Most Gifted Chocolatier / Chocolate Maker

Amano Artisan Chocolate Vice Chocolates
Au Coeur Des Chocolats
Best Comfort Chocolate or Snack Product

Clarine's Florentines Coco Delice Fine Chocolates
CJ's Bitz
Plumeria Flours
Snake & Butterfly
TCHO



Fall Chocolate Salon Selected Judges' Comments



Loved the variety, deep flavors and textures of Vice Chocolates, followed by the traditional elegance of Gateau & Ganache. Impressed with the Bacon Bar from Snake & Butterfly, which have some of the most interesting bars


Salt Side Down, but Carlos Mann was also incredibly good, as far as pure chocolate flavor is concerned.



Impossible to choose! I'd say that about every category, actually. So many wonderful people and fantastic, creative products made with true love and attention to detail. My favorite aspect of the event in general was experiencing the incredible level of passion, blood, sweat and tears that obviously went into everyone's presentation. And all the hard work behind it. Wow. Inspirational.



I really loved the Amano brownies - amazing!!



Ginger Truffle by Coco-Tutti and
Slayer Truffle (garlic and balsamic) by Vice Chocolates



The Amano dark chocolate truffle


Dark Beer lager - Vice Chocolates



Rootbeer float truffle from Choclatique


Vice, Amano Artisan Chocolate & Gateau et Ganashe, for taste and presentation. A wonderful selection all around though, hats off to each and every one !

Socola's Burnt Pumpkin and Claire's Florentines


Amano Artisan had a variety of experiences, from creamy hot chocolate to white chocolate with yuzu.

Amano's new gift boxes


Best new product award should go to Coco Delice for its new "Sonoma Brut Champagne Truffle"





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