Seattle Chocolate Salon returns
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Knowing how very, very picky I am about chocolate, ne of my co-workers asked me if I thought the $20 ($25 at the door) charge for the second Seattle Chocolate Salon this coming Sunday is worth it. My answer was that last year’s Salon happened on a hot and sunny day when Bell Harbor’s air conditioning broke down, turning the entire exhibition area into a humid, crowded mess and, yet, I still thought it was more than worth the price of entry. As far as I could see, everyone else thought so, too. This is a great event.
Hopefully there won’t be any mechanical issues this year.
What there definitely will be are tasting, demonstrations, talks by chefs and authors, a chocolate spa and an endless loop of chocolate themed programming from Chocolate TV. Chocolatiers present at the event include Amano Artisan Chocolate, Theo Chocolate, Intrigue Chocolates, Oh! Chocolate, and Posh Chocolate (all of them 2008 Chocolate Salon award winners) and Crave Chocolate, Forte Chocolates, Divine Chocolate, Carter’s Chocolates, Chocolopolis, Chubby Chipmunk Hand-Dipped Chocolates, La Châtelaine Chocolat Co., Eat Chocolates, Choffy, The Chocolate Traveler, William Dean Chocolates, Xocai Healthy Chocolate, Suess Chocolates, Claudio Corallo Chocolate and other vendors like Marco Polo Designs’ Chocolate Jewelry, Honest Tea, TasteTV, Yelp, Sizzleworks Cooking School, and more.
If you like chocolate at all, you’ll want to be at this event. If you’re one of those people who feels a little intimidated by luxury chocolates (maybe you’ve spent your whole life eating Hersey bars and they’ve always tasted just fine to you), don’t be. The chocolatiers are all friendly people who are excited to share their love of chocolate with you and are happy to answer your questions. Fine chocolate isn’t just pleasant to eat, it’s actually really interesting. Plus, it’s nice to have all different kinds of chocolate in one place. Last year I got to try some excellent trufflles in flavors I would have never previously imagined and I’m really looking forward to see what’s new this year.
The talks are great, too, especially for people who like to cook–there are a ton of tasty dishes you can make with chocolate and they’re not all desserts. You could make a whole chocolate meal if you like.
The Seattle Chocolate Salon takes place Sunday, July 12 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Bell Harbor Conference Center, down on the waterfront at Pier 66 (2211 Alaskan Way). Advance tickets and a schedule of events can be found at their website.