♥ Thank you, Studio 4! Fanny & her crew were amazing!
♥ from Vancouver’s Chocolate expert, Eagranie Yuh
CHOCOLATE from bean to bar
…SHOW ME THE CHOCOLATE
Across the border, in Vancouver, B.C., Xoxolat (pronounced sho-sho-la) is the food-obsessed city’s only shop specializing in bean-to-bar chocolate.
“I think that half of the population isn’t interested in anything beyond a drugstore candy bar—and that’s fine,” concedes Xoxolat’s owner, Hodie Rondeau. “On the other end of the spectrum, there are 3% who are already chocolate experts. And in the middle, there’s the other 47% who are interested in chocolate and want to learn more, …” Read more…
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♥ Another Christmas has come & gone!
Thank you so much for making this a great Christmas for all. We participated in Gift-Giving with Women’s Hospital Foundation in support this important institution! Click here for more details…
♥ Nov.23 – VancouverFoodster & Bella Gellateria are teaming up & we’ll be there…
|Come for an evening of unique gelato tastings that James has created from our products: including La Taqueria, Vista D’oro Winery and XFour Vodka. Click for info/tickets!
♥ It’s hard to believe Christmas is around the corner.
|So we have a plan… Nov. 26th – Nov.28th we’re going to have an open house. Come in & sample our Drinking Chocolates & feature tasters. & pre-order your Christmas Chocolates for 15% off.
♥ Italian Winemaker’s Dinner Oct.23rd – Beyond Restaurant in the Century Plaza Hotel
|Marcus von Albrecht (Chef, Scotch Aficionado, & Wine Connoisseur is hosting this night to remember! Meet Osvaldo Veglio – master wine maker, Veglio Winery Alba Italy; Peter Zimmer, Masterwine maker for Peter Zimmer Winery – Winemaker of the Year 2009, Europe; and Roberto Cremonese- International Manager – Bisol Desiderio & Figli.Paired with Chef George Koay’s fabulous meal – this is an evening to savour. Get an exclusive behind the scenes look at wine making by videos presentations by the wine-makers themselves! This will be an exclusive opportunity to taste a selection of international and local wines. & of course, XOXOLAT’s Chocolate. Guests will enjoy the live music: violinist, accordion player, opera singer, and/or a guitarist. Each guest will depart with a gift of 250grams of illy coffee. When: Saturday, Oct. 23rd 5:00pm – tired yet? Where: Beyond Restaurant, Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard, Vanc $75 /person Click here to purchase tickets!|
♥ Chocolate and Italian Bisol Prosecco Brunch
Enjoy a Chocolate and Bisol Prosecco brunch. Chef George Koay, from beyond restaurant, features Italian products, fabulous BC farm fresh and local ingredients, and two chocolate stations. Winemaker Roberto of Bisol Winery will be pouring his three Proseccos’ for all brunch guests. Two seatings, 10 am and noon When: Sunday, Oct. 24th – 10 am to Noon; or Noon to 2 pm Where: Beyond Restaurant, Century Plaza Hotel, 1015 Burrard, Vanc $45 /person
♥ Chocolate Tasting Classes
***Note – August is Renovation Month, so class postponed to September. Thanks for your patience!** Chocolate 101: Did you know that cacao beans only grow within 20° of the equator? Or, like fine wine, different beans from different plantations have different flavour profiles? Chocolate 101 participants will learn about the many facets of chocolate, from the bean to the bar, and taste samples of different beans, origins, manufacturers, and percentages of cocoa. Also, as we believe that chocolate goes with everything, you will taste some of the our bestselling blended bars, such as our Maple caramelized Bacon with Espresso, Lavender, Sea Salt & Triple Peppercorns, Sour Cherry with Chili, and more. Cost: $15 /person Time: 6:30-8:00pm For information call the shop @ 604-733-2462 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 604-733-2462 end_of_the_skype_highlighting Chocolate 201: Artisan Chocolate Tasting Series Stay tuned for the next Chocolate 201 tasting series! When: TBA Time: 6:30–8:00 p.m. Where: XOXOLAT, 2391 Burrard St (@ 8th Ave) Who: Eagranie Yuh, the Well-Tempered Chocolatier; with guest scotch expert, Marcus Von Albrecht, Von Albrecht & Associates Price: $100 Includes: 4 evenings of chocolate tasting & learning, with one session to include a guided scotch tasting. Eagranie Yuh, chocolatier & expert, will share stories of how the chocolate is transformed from tree to bean to bar. Learn about how chocolate is made and how to taste it. We’ll explore the artisan products of Patric Chocolate, Pralus, Amano Artisan Chocolate, and Claudio Corallo. Each 90-minute evening session will include samples from each of the featured chocolates, plus engaging stories about the people and company behind the scenes. Each class will include samples from Zotter, Xoxolat‘s house line and a shot (or 2) of drinking chocolate. The April 26th Amano evening will be complemented with the VonAlbrecht & Associates series of Islay scotches (Finlaggan, Ileach 40%, Ileach Cask Strength, & Laphroaig). Space is limited. Call 604.733.2462 to book now. www.thewelltemperedchocolatier.com www.vonalbrecht.com For private sessions, please contact us directly. Participants receive 10% off purchases at the event.