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THE 2011 CHICAGO LUXURY CHOCOLATE SALON




Regional Tasting events of the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolates & confections

Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts can taste & experience the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in some of the world's great culinary metropolitan areas.

Salon highlights feature chocolate tasting, demonstrations, chef & author talks and ongoing interviews by TasteTV's Chocolate Television program

Annual Awards for Excellence

In addition to all-day public tasting events, The Luxury Chocolate Salon also presents Regional "Best in Salon Awards" for Chocolatiers & Confectioners, as well as annual Awards for the "Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America".

 

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2011

3rd Annual Chicago
Chocolate Salon Tasting Panel Judges


Penny Pollack
Chicago Magazine

Amanda Barrett
Chicago Sun Times
Bernard Pacyniak
Candy Industry Magazine

Chandra Ram
Plate Magazine

James Norton
Heavy Table

Robert Luce
Chicago-Scene Magazine

Terry Boyd
Blue-Kitchen.com
Anthony Todd
Chicagoist.com
Robyn Nisi
Gapers Block

Courtney Nzeribe
Coco-Cooks



2011

3rd Annual Chicago
Chocolate Salon Tasting Panel Awards



 

 

 

 



FIRST PLACE
GOLD



SECOND PLACE
SILVER

 



THIRD PLACE
BRONZE

 

Best Dark Chocolate Amano Artisan Chocolate
Chuao Chocolatier
Zokoko

Moonstruck Chocolate

na



Best Milk Chocolate Forte Chocolates
Ghirardelli
The TeaRoom
Chuao Chocolatier
Gem Chocolates
na
Best Truffle CocoTutti William Dean Chocolates Gem Chocolates
Beijo de Chocolat
Chocolot
Halletts Chocolates
J. Truffle / Seattle Chocolate
Top Artisan Chocolatier Amano Artisan Chocolate William Dean Chocolates
Chocolot
Forte Chocolates
Beijo de Chocolat
Choclatique
Most Delicious Ingredient Combinations Chuao Chocolatier William Dean Chocolates
The TeaRoom
Beijo de Chocolat
Choclatique
Gem Chocolates
Moonstruck Chocolate
Alter Eco
Most Artistic Designs William Dean Chocolates Gem Chocolates Chocolot
Best Gift Set William Dean Chocolates Gem Chocolates Chocolot
Most Luxurious Chocolate Experience William Dean Chocolates Amano Artisan Chocolate
Beijo de Chocolat
Choclatique
Chocolot
Forte Chocolates
Gem Chocolates
Halletts Chocolates
na
Best Traditional Chocolates Chocolot
Forte Chocolates
Ghirardelli
William Dean Chocolates
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Moonstruck Chocolate
na
Best Flavored Chocolate The TeaRoom Chocolot Chuao Chocolatier
Best Dark Chocolate Bar Chuao Chocolatier Amano Artisan Chocolate Zokoko
Best Milk Chocolate Bar Forte Chocolates The TeaRoom
CocoTutti

Chuao Chocolatier
Alter Eco

Best Caramels Forte Chocolates Chocolot
William Dean Chocolates
Beijo de Chocolat
Halletts Chocolates
J. Truffle / Seattle Chocolate
na
Top Toffee in Salon Toffee Talk Beijo de Chocolat Chocolot
Best in Salon William Dean Chocolates Forte Chocolates Chocolot
Choclatique
Gem Chocolates
Halletts Chocolates
J. Truffle / Seattle Chocolate
The TeaRoom
Best Presentation & Packaging William Dean Chocolates
Gem Chocolates
Chocolot Chuao Chocolatier
Best Organic or Fair Trade Products Alter Eco Gem Chocolates Chocolot
The TeaRoom
Zokoko
Most Gifted Chocolatier / Chocolate Maker Chocolot
William Dean Chocolates
Amano Artisan Chocolate The TeaRoom
Forte Chocolates
Halletts Chocolates
Best Comfort Chocolate Product Chocolot
Toffee Talk
J. Truffle / Seattle Chocolate
Beijo de Chocolat
CocoTutti
Moonstruck Chocolate
Best Flavored Chocolate Bar The TeaRoom Chuao Chocolatier Forte Chocolates
CocoTutti
Amano Artisan Chocolate
Moonstruck Chocolate



Judge's Comments on Personal Favorites (sample)

My personal favorite - Gem Chocolates.
My personal favorite was William Dean for the beauty and taste
The Amano - pure, rich chocolate Cocotutti!


The Tea Room really came up with some interesting flavor combinations

Forte Chocolates salty cramel

I absolutely adored the Chuao milk chocolate bar with kettle-cooked chips
As you can see by my voting, I think William Dean Chocolates is amazing. But the best single thing I put in my mouth was Chocolot's toffee.


See below for a listing of upcoming
Chocolate Salon Events, Tastings, and Competitions


(Sponsored by TasteTV)


THE 2011 INTERNATIONAL
CHOCOLATE SALON

The most prestigious all-day Artisan Chocolate & Confection Tasting event on the West Coast. Open to the Chocolate Loving Public; includes presentations, demos and juried
"Best of Salon Awards"


(Chocolatier attendance is required to participate in the Awards Competition. On floor product sales allowed)


* SAN FRANCISCO *
5th Annual International Chocolate Salon
April 17, 2011



Open to the Public

Exhibition is By Invitation Only.
To Enter or Exhibit, Contact the Organizers


2011 LUXURY
CHOCOLATE SALONS

Regional all-day Artisan Chocolate & Confection Tasting events. Open to the Chocolate Loving Public; includes presentations, demos and juried
"Best of Salon Awards"


(Chocolatier attendance is required to participate in the Awards Competition. On floor product sales allowed)


* SEATTLE *
4th Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
May 14, 2011


* NAPA *
2nd Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
June 5, 2011



* HAWAII (Big Island) *
1st Annual Hawaii Luxury Chocolate Salon
August 7, 2011


* LOS ANGELES *
5th Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
September 25, 2011


* LAS VEGAS*
2nd Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
October 9, 2011


* SAN FRANCISCO - FALL *
2nd Annual Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon
November 13, 2011`


Open to the Public

To Enter or Exhibit,
Contact
the Organizers.
Please indicate specific cities of interest.


2011 CHOCOLATE SALON
AWARD COMPETITIONS


Juried Regional
"Best of Salon Awards Competitions"
* Product Submissions Only *
* Closed to the Public*


(All products are judged by a regional and national panel of food and media experts, and submitted before the judging deadlines. Chocolatier attendance is NOT required to participate in these Juried Awards Competitions)



* CHICAGO *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* BOSTON *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* MIAMI *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* ATLANTA *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* AUSTIN-DALLAS *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* TORONTO *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* BRIDAL & WEDDING *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


* WOMENS MEDIA*
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition


Closed to the Public

To Enter these Juried Awards, Complete this Form before the specified deadlines.


2010 LUXURY
CHOCOLATE SALONS

Regional all-day Artisan Chocolate & Confection Tasting events. Open to the Chocolate Loving Public; includes presentations, demos and juried "Best of Salon Awards"

(Chocolatier attendance is required to participate in the Awards Competition. On floor product sales allowed)



* NAPA *
2nd Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
June 6, 2010



* SEATTLE *
3rd Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
July 11, 2010


* LOS ANGELES *
4th Annual Luxury Chocolate Salon
October 2010


* SAN FRANCISCO *
1st Annual Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon
November 14, 2010


2010 CHOCOLATE SALON
AWARD COMPETITIONS


Juried Regional
"Best of Salon Awards Competitions"
* Product Submissions Only *
* Closed to the Public*

(All products are judged by a regional and national panel of food and media experts, and submitted before the judging deadlines. Chocolatier attendance is NOT required to participate in these Juried Awards Competitions)



* CHICAGO *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition
2010

* LAS VEGAS *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition
2010

* BOSTON *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition
2010

* BRIDAL & WEDDING *
Luxury Chocolate Salon Award Competition
2010


CHOCOLATE SEIZURE
WINE EVENTS

Annual Chocolate & Wine Event to Create the Ultimate Wine for Chocolate


* TBD *
2nd Annual Chocolate Seizure
2011







Click Logos Above to See Lists of Past Award Winners



 










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