2011 Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon Recap
I was asked to help judge this year’s Luxury Chocolate Salon a few weeks back. After judging cupcakes and cocktails, I had decided I rather judge cocktails— believing I’m just too darn sweet anyway (ha, bad joke, okay…). As it turns out, I do actually really love chocolate and was pleased to step up to the challenge of considering the merits of the chocolates I tasted. My favorites were from Choclatique, Bootleg Chocolates and Marti Chocolates. There were also some stand outs like Pacari Ecuadorian Organic Chocolates, Ciel Chocolatier, Mignon and Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates. I particularly loved the basil from Nicole Lee. I was pleased to also see toffee at this event and my fave was from the Toffee Box.
At the L’Amourette booth, we were told they’re better known for their chocolate bars so I had a sample of their pistachio bar.
Chocoveda brought vegan chocolates to the tasting. I tried the pear from the selection of three; chai, rose and pear.
Of course these cocktails imprinted truffles from Choclatique were adorable. Squee!
It was interesting to see not one but two vendors from Ecuador; Pacari and Kallari respectively.
Other Chocolates I tasted:
The Chocolate Salon also featured wine tasting, after all wine and chocolate go hand in hand.
Check out more of my pictures from this year’s Chocolate Salon here.