January 21-22 Coral Gables, FL.
Fairchild’s International Chocolate, Coffee and Tea Festival
at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The event will feature chocolate
samples from artisan chocolatiers, demonstrations by master
chocolatiers, lectures, and activities for children. Participants
who ride a bike, walk or use public transportation, will receive $5 off admission.
January 29 Rock Island, IL.
Chocolate Festival www.quadcities.com at the
Quad City Botanical Center. The event includes samples from local
chocolatiers, bakeries, and candy shops; cooking demonstrations;
facials, massages, and beauty tips; special guest Willy Wonka and a
kids chocolate activity area. Guides in the center’s tropical and
warm Sun Garden will be showing a live chocolate tree.
century-old confectionery and soda fountain in the Quad Cities, is a
featured participant. The chocolatier received a James Beard Award
and has been voted best homemade candy in
the state. It is known for its variety of heart-shaped boxes--one
with 300 pieces.
February 4-5. Leelanau County, MI
Taste the Passion wine tour
features wine and chocolate pairings at 17 wineries of the Leelanau
Peninsula Wine Trail in northern Michigan.
February 7. London,
at the AWC Wine Academy. Chocolate
and Wine Tasting Course. Champagne and chocolate on Valentine’s Day?
Not so fast, says Susy Atkins, the event’s host and BBC wine
experts. “It’s natural to put champagne and chocolates together on
Valentine’s Day, but actually champagne, or any sparkling wine, when
consumed with chocolate renders the overall taste too sour, overly
dry and fruitless.” Participants will learn which wines do go with a
diverse range of chocolates. Visit www.awcwineacademy.com
February 10, Smithfield. VA.
Annual Chocolate Lovers
Event in downtown. Participants can stroll downtown shops to sample
chocolate creations at eight participating stores. There is no
charge for the event.
February 10-19 Wolcott Hotel, New York
offers TLC: Travel, Love, Chocolate. A discount at Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar is included in
the romantic package. The hotel is in Midtown near the Empire State
February 10-12 Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY.
Art of Chocolate Weekend at National Historic
Landmark resort 90 miles north of New York City. Highlights include
Award-winning New York City-based chocolatier
Rodolfo Espinal of Marie Belle New
York Chocolates, will discuss how chocolate goes from bean to bar,
while attendees taste a variety of chocolates from around the world
with varying cacao percentages and flavors, and then learn to pair
chocolate with beverages such as port wine, prosecco, and cognac.
Laura Brody, best-selling cookbook author of
Growing Up On The Chocolate Diet
and Chocolate American Style, will help guests create
a personalized chocolate bar from a myriad of ingredients.
Cooking demonstrations and tastings, will show
guests how to use chocolate to enhance dishes. Featured recipes
include Mohonk Executive Pastry Chef Eric Smith’s Ultimate Chocolate Obsession Sundae; and Mohonk Executive Chef Jim Palmeri’s
Encacahuatado, braised chicken with Mexican chocolate and peanuts.
February 10-12, 16-19 St Giles Hotel New York.
The Court, the intimate hideaway located on a secluded Midtown
street offers the Sweet, Sweet Valentine’s Day package, which
includes breakfast for two served in Icon Restaurant, an in-room
rose petal trail, two passes to The Luxury Chocolate Tour; and
chocolate and wine tasting on February 10 in the hotel’s Lex Bar.
New York Chocolate Tours was established in 2006 by Carmen
Santorelli, editor and publisher of
Chocolate Zoom magazine.
The popular Luxury Chocolate Tour includes La Maison du Chocolat,
Charbonnel and Walker, and 5th Avenue Chocolatiere.
February 11-12. NJ
Vineyards throughout the state will participate in the Wine and Chocolate
Trail Weekend featuring Garden State wines paired with artisan
February 12. Casa Nonna, NY.
Pastry Chef Julie Elkind leads an entertaining afternoon
on all things cocoa. Guests will enjoy tasting a variety of
chocolate types, learning to get the perfect consistency of
chocolate for dipping fruit, and creating chocolate bon bons and
truffles under Chef Elkind’s guidance. Guests will also be treated
to prosecco and mimosas, hors d’ oeuvres, and Casa Nonna gifts. A
decorative gift box will also be provided for class participants to
take their chocolates home in.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling (212) 736.3000.
February 17-19. Lake Erie Wine Country,
NY and PA
Twenty Three wineries in Chautauqua County NY
and Erie County PA along Lake Erie will feature wine and chocolate
pairings. Tour is sponsored by Finney’s Chocolates. Participants may
visit any wineries in any order.
February 18-19 Herman, MO.
The Chocolate Wine Trail has become a romantic Valentine’s
tradition for many couples, who spend the third weekend of February
samplings chocolate and wine pairings at seven stops along the
Hermann Wine Trail.
The tasting menu at the 2012 Chocolate Wine Trail will feature:
- Adam Puchta Winery. Chocolate Snowdrift, paired with Adam
Puchta Signature Port
- Bias Winery. Doubly Decadent Chocolate-Chocolate Cookies,
paired with Raspberry Weisser Flieder
- Dierberg Star Lane Tasting Room. Mocha-Coffee Crusted Pork
Medallions with Chocolate Raspberry Sauce, paired with Three
Saints Pinot Noir
- Hermannhof Winery.White Chocolate Soup with Grapefruit and
Kiwi Infusion, paired with 2007 Traminette
- OakGlenn Winery. Alabama Mud Cake, paired with River View
- Röbller Winery. Chocolate Mousse Florentine, paired with
- Stone Hill Winery. White Chocolate Blondie Brownies, paired
The Hermann Wine Trail hugs the Missouri River for 20 scenic
miles between Hermann and
February 25, Chicago. The 7th Annual For the
Love of Chocolate Gala at the Merchandise
Mart features a variety of
chocolate confections and savory dishes from top chefs, chocolate
fashions, a chocolate spa, a raffle, entertainment, and dancing.
Proceeds benefit the
For the Love of Chocolate Scholarship Foundation for
students of the French Pastry School of Kennedy-King