Ready to Get Your Hands Dirty Making Chocolate? Workshops at the 2014 Dallas Chocolate Festival

Dallas Chocolate Festival Workshops

 

 

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of being a chocolatier or chocolate maker (or even just wanted to know the difference between the two) the Dallas Chocolate Workshops on Sunday, September 14th, at 3015 in Trinity Groves are your dream come true. The one-day event is an extension of the Dallas Chocolate Festival that brings together local chocolatiers with nationally known chocolate experts for three exciting hands-on workshops.

The 2014 Workshops feature three classes showcasing artisan chocolate and the different
ways it can be enjoyed. Aspiring students can register for each class individually or spend
the day and take all three for a special price.

As Mistress of Ceremonies Madame Cocoa (Adrienne Newman) explains, “Craft
chocolate is really having a moment, especially here in the United States, and these
workshops are a great way for people to elevate their chocolate knowledge. We intend for
these workshops to inspire chocolate lovers to explore and learn about the unique flavors
and methods we’re seeing from some true craftsmen in our industry.”
The morning session will focus on creating chocolate desserts. David Collier, Executive
Pastry Chef for both Spoon Bar & Kitchen and the newly opened Knife, will guide
workshop participants of all skill levels through each step. And, of course, there will be
lots of delicious chocolate with which to work. This workshop is from 10:00 a.m. until
noon; the cost is $75.he second workshop will teach bean-to-bar chocolate making. Participants of all levels will work with a trio of renowned chocolate makers: Kristin Hard of Cacao Atlanta, Ben Rasmussen of Potomac Chocolate, and Scott Moore, Jr. of Tejas Chocolate. Students will learn the steps that transform great cacao beans into delicious chocolate. The workshop runs from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. and the cost is $125.00. Participants will get to take home their finished product.

The final class of the afternoon is a wine and chocolate pairing session hosted by
Madame Cocoa herself and a Sommelier with a Texas Wine Specialty. Participants will
learn how to expertly pair and enjoy craft chocolate with Texas wines. While it’s hard to
go wrong with either fine chocolate or fine wine, pairing the two successfully can bring
out previously unnoticed nuances in both. This workshop is from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00
p.m. at a cost of $75.00. This workshop is only open to those over 21.
A package of all three workshops can be purchased for $225 (a $50 savings). Spaces are
limited, and events are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at
DallasChocolate.org.

For visitors coming from out-of-town, InterContinental Dallas is offering a special Dallas
Chocolate Festival VIP package that includes VIP admission to Saturday’s Dallas
Chocolate Festival and nightly chocolate turn down service. Visit DallasChocolate.org
for package details and prices. The separately ticketed Dallas Chocolate Festival is on
Saturday, September 13th at the Addison Conference Centre and features a full day of
learning and sampling chocolates from dozens of artisan chocolatiers and chocolate
makers.

For tickets or more information about the Dallas Chocolate Festival and the Dallas
Chocolate Workshops visit dallaschocolate.org

Dallas Gets Chocolate Covered for One “Sweet” Weekend, Oct. 24-27, 2013

Dallas

Everything is bigger in Texas – and in Dallas everything is sweeter, too.  In celebration of DallasChocolate.org’s 4th annual Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival on Oct. 26 & 27, 2013, Dallas is getting chocolate-covered with four days of everything chocolate across the city. With tours, pairings, seminars, tastings, and even hotel accommodations, chocoholics are invited to enjoy one unforgettable weekend, Oct. 24 – 27 in Dallas.

TASTE THE DYNAMIC DUO WITH DALLAS’ DYNAMIC DUO

Chocolate & Cheese Tasting with Dr. Sue’s Chocolate & The Mozzarella Company

Thursday, Oct. 24 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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Who doesn’t love chocolate and who doesn’t love cheese? These two beloved favorites come together for a special presentation by two culinary leading ladies in Dallas, Dr. Sue Williams of Dr. Sue’s Chocolate and Paula Lambert of The Mozzarella Company. The evening event starts with a welcome drink and a tour of the Mozzarella Company factory. Then attendees sample a pairing of eight cheeses and chocolates accompanied by wine and bread. The ladies will discuss each cheese’s and chocolate’s characteristics. Dr. Sue’s Chocolate is a long-time exhibitor at the Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival. $50/per person, limited seating.

The Mozzarella Company, 2944 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75226. 
Reservations required by calling 800.798.2954

LEARN TO MAKE YOUR TRUFFLES AND EAT THEM, TOO

Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival, Oct. 26 & 27

Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival logo

Make sure to get your tickets now for Dallas’ most delicious event, the Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival, Oct. 26 & 27, at the Addison Conference Centre. Presented by DallasChocolate.org, the main event on Saturday allows attendees to enjoy fine chocolates from many local and delicious purveyors as well the unique opportunity to be educated on all things chocolate. In addition to the great chocolate, the event offers specialty classes, discussions, and activities led by some of the chocolate industry’s most reputable experts. For those attendees looking to get hands-on with chocolate, register for Sunday’s “Bean-to-Bar Chocolate-Making” class led by Scott Moore, Jr. of Tejas Chocolate and Alice Nystrom of Dandelion Chocolate.

Addison Conference Centre, 4070 Addison Circle Dr., Addison, TX 75001

Purchase tickets now at www.dallaschocolate.org.

DO DALLAS BY CHOCOLATE

Oct. 25 – 27, various times

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Dallas by Chocolate Tours will be up to some scrumptious fun the weekend of October 25-27 with several tours perfectly paired for this spooky time of year. Both young and old are invited to enjoy any of these chocolate-themed tours, which host 20-24 guests and include private bus transportation. Several of the local chocolatiers included in these tours will also be present at the Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival.

“Cheers to the Weekend” Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tour – Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30-10:00 p.m.

Guests will start with a wine tasting at a fine winery (with cheese, chocolate, and fruit pairings) and then board a private bus to visit three additional chocolate venues for some indulgent desserts. These include Rush Patisserie (home of decadent French pastries); Dude, Sweet Chocolate; and CocoAndré Chocolatier.  Price is $50 per person plus tax.

“Chocolate and Wine Soiree” Tour – Saturday, Oct. 26, 5:30-8:45 p.m.

Saturday evening after the Chocolate Conference & Festival, guests are tempted with chocolate, wine and cheese pairings at a wine tasting, and then whisked by private bus to three more chocolate venues.  $50 per person plus tax.

“Chocolate on Chocolate” Tour – Sunday, Oct. 27, 11:30-2:30 p.m.

Beginning with chocolate croissants and mimosas and continuing with tastes of elegant chocolates, eclectic chocolates, and so much more, it’s a dark, milk, or white chocolate lover’s dream come true.  $37 per person plus tax.

Visit http://www.dallasbychocolate.com for all the details or contact Jeanine Stevens at 972.814.5997 or tardam@aol.com.

EAT, STAY, LOVE CHOCOLATE AT THE INTERCONTINENTAL DALLAS

Hotel InterContinental

The official sponsor hotel for the Ultimate Weekend in Chocolate, the InterContinental Dallas is the place to stay for chocoholics. Less than five minutes from the Dallas Chocolate Conference & Festival location at the Addison Conference Centre, this luxury hotel is also centrally located to several of the other chocolate events and the nationally recognized dining scene in Addison. Several hotel options are available, so contact the hotel to reserve your Dallas Chocolate Weekend Package today.

Make reservations by calling 972.386.6000 or at www.icdallas.com.

Stay on top of all things Dallas + Chocolate at http://www.dallaschocolate.org.

 

 

Chocolate Conference 2012

beans Yep, it’s the most exciting time of the year for DallasChocolate.org — our annual Chocolate Conference & Festival!

 

This year we’ve got a great line up of local chocolatiers who have already confirmed for the event. Come on out to see Wiseman House Chocolates,Collin CollegeBarry Callebaut USASublime ChocolateToffee Treats,Chocolate SecretsDr. Sue’s ChocolateCocoAndré Chocolatier,Elegantly ChocolateOh * BrowniePure Chocolate Desserts by Zach,The Dark Chocolate BakeryNib Chocolates, and more.

 

We’re also proud to have two great chocolate makers confirmed: Colin Gasko of Rogue Chocolatier will fly in from Boston to present and sample his chocolate while Texas’ newest retailing chocolate maker, Scott Moore, Jr. of Tejas Chocolate can just drive up from Houston with a whole bunch of chocolate. These guys have really interesting stories to tell about their chocolate making styles and what drives their passion for micro-batch artisan chocolate.

 

To help improve the ticket ordering process this year we’ve moved ticket sales over to Eventbrite. (That’s where you’ll be when you click on the banner above.) We think they make it easier for you to purchase your tickets and they will definitely make it easier and quicker for us to check you in at the event. Let us know how it works for you and if there are any problems.

 

We also have a new VIP package available this year. The VIP package includes admission to the Conference & Festival and adds on a few really special extras. For starters, we’ll let you go home with any T-shirt we have on sale at the concession table. Then we’ll give you a special box of chocolates from Elegantly Chocolate and one from Toffee Treats. We’ll also treat you to a chocolate bar from American chocolate maker Guittard Chocolate Company. Plus, you get to show up to a special 9:00 AM preview session of the Chocolate Festival reserved just for VIPs and press. We think you’ll really enjoy it.

 

Stay tuned to this site and/or our Facebook page for the latest updates and we’ll see you on September 29th!