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

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
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

For tickets or more information about the Dallas Chocolate Festival and the Dallas
Chocolate Workshops visit Awards 3rd Annual Scholarship to Aspiring Pastry Student

Monique Conejo 2014 Scholarship Recipient is pleased to announce Monique Conejo as the recipient of the 2014 Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving Collin College student pursuing a degree in pastry arts. Scholarship recipients must have records of academic success and demonstrate an interest in chocolate.

Monique is currently pursuing associate degrees in culinary
arts and pastry arts at Collin College. She has a passion for
cooking and plans to one day be a well-known name in the
industry ultimately owning a small chain of culturally diverse
restaurants that reflect her background and interests.
The Scholarship is funded by proceeds
from the annual Dallas Chocolate Festival. This is the third
year that has been able to offer the
scholarship. The recipient of the award the previous two years
was Emily Huynh.

To stay current with news, you can follow
us on Facebook or Twitter. Tickets to the upcoming Dallas
Chocolate Festival on September 13 and the Dallas Chocolate
Workshops on September 14 can be purchased at