Posts Tagged ‘chocolate’

OMG, Fall Chocolate Salon, Fall Chocolate Salon, Fall Chocolate Salon! – Nov. 11, 2012 – Ft. Mason – Get Tickets Now

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

It’ll look just like this.

It’ll cost you like $21-something for your ticket. Buy it now if you’re planning on going.

All the deets, below.

In closing, Fall Chocolate Salon, Fall Chocolate Salon, Fall Chocolate Salon!

TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Fall Chocolate Salon is scheduled for Nov. 11th.

FALL CHOCOLATE SALON 11/11

Chocolate lovers, en garde! A unique event with limited tickets available for attendees, the Fall Luxury CHOCOLATE SALON participants include over 25 chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.

An intimate setting, the Fall Chocolate Salon is the perfect place to find the perfect Holiday gift, while tasting and savoring the chocolate lovers experience.

Advance Tickets available through November 10th, while quantities last. (No Tickets at Door. San Francisco)

Celebrating its anniversary, the 2012 Third Annual Fall Luxury CHOCOLATE SALON participants include chocolatiers, confectioners, and other culinary artisans, such as Amano Artisan Chocolate, The TeaRoom Chocolate Company, Saratoga Chocolates, Toffee Talk, Smitten: Artisan Truffles, La Chatelaine Chocolat Co., Toffeeology, Jade Chocolates, Feve Artisan Chocolatier, Socola Chocolatier, Sixth Course Artisan Confections, Clarine’s Florentines, Plumeria Flours, Butterfly Brittle, CocoTutti, Marti Chocolatt, Snake & Butterfly, Quail Point Chocolates, Rachel Dunn Chocolates, Kallari Chocolate, Be A Gourmet, Farm Fresh To You, Gems and Silver Jewelry, The Winery SF, Jerk’NPickle, TasteTV,and more.

FallChocolateSalon.com

How Much Does Katie Couric Loooove San Francisco? Check Out Her New Goodie-Bag-in-the-Minivan YouTube

Monday, August 27th, 2012

As promised, here’s Katie Couric’s postcard to the 415, recorded inside a minivan as she was heading down to SFO a few days back:

Diva Da’ Bunny and Dude Da’ Bunny Bring Bling Bling to Easter 2012 – From Lucky Supermarkets with Love

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Now I’ll tell you, I haven’t seen Diva and Dude lately, but I still have time to find them.

Lucky Supermarket, Fulton Street, Western Addition, San Francisco, California, USA:

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I still have time…

That’ll keep me busy, so I’ll let Academia do all the heavy lifting:

“First, notice that the bunnies are gendered.  “Diva Da’ Bunny” is a movie star (Bling! Bling!) and Dude Da’ Bunny likes to jam to his ipod, play video games, and ogle girl bunnies.  Notice also how the dude bunny, with his giant gold medallion and hip hop clothes, is charactered as urban or “street,” maybe even Black. Do kids these days need to be bribed with gendered and racialized caricatures to get them to eat chocolate!?  Somehow I doubt it.”

Closing with a scene from Dude’s one-man-show.

Happy Easter!

OMG, It’s the 6th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason this Sunday, March 4, 2012!

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Once again, it’s the massive TasteTV San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Festival Pavilion up at Fort Mason this Sunday.

“THE 6th ANNUAL

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON

Sunday March 4, 2012
10:00am – 6:00pm

San Francisco, Fort Mason Center
Herbst Pavilion, 30,000 square feet of Chocolate, Wine and Confections”

Get your tickets here.

(This one is a bit more expensive and upscale compared with the outdoor Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival.)

There will be tons of people at the Salon, but the lines for samples won’t be too long at all.

Here it is from the inside:

Stirling Confections’ truffle bars:

It’s so totally worth it.

See you there March 4th!

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Baking Class with Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner a Huge Success at CUESA Kitchen

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Before Scharffen Berger Chocolate was purchased by Hershey, you could go on a free factory tour in Berkeley. Good times.

These days the factory’s gone, but Hershey’s says it’s making the same old stuff in Indiana on a national scale. OK fine.

Anyway, over the weekend, celebrity chef Elizabeth Falkner was on hand at the Ferry Building to offer Scharffen Berger Chocolate cooking tips and also to promote a contest. See below.

Le mise-en-scene at the CUESA Kitchen at the front of the Ferry Building near Gott’s Roadside:

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Always with the liquid nitrogen:

If you’re into this kind of stuff, check the CEUSA sched.

All the deets:

Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Baking Classes w/ Alice Medrich & Elizabeth Falkner
Saturday, October 8, 2011 – 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Maker Hosts Two Very Special FREE Baking Classes at Ferry Building Marketplace on Saturday, October 8

WHAT:
To launch the “Elevate a Classic Dessert with Scharffen Berger® Chocolate” Contest, Scharffen Berger® Chocolate Maker is hosting two FREE baking classes for baking and chocolate enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Classes, respectively led by two of San Francisco’s most prominent pastry chefs and baking experts, are open to the public with RSVP as space is limited.

WHEN:

Saturday, October 8, 2011

4:30pm-5:30pm: Chocolate Cream Pie with Cinnamon & Ancho Chile with Alice Medrich

Alice Medrich is an award-winning, best-selling cookbook author and one of country’s foremost experts on chocolate and chocolate desserts.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Chocolate Gelato Sundae with Chocolate Cake Crumbles and Marshmallow Cream with Chef Elizabeth Falkner

Elizabeth Falkner is the Owner and Executive Chef of Orson Restaurant and Citizen Cake, and a star of The Next Iron Chef.

WHERE:
CUESA Kitchen in the Ferry Building Marketplace
1 Ferry Building, San Francisco

The World’s Most-Stolen Chopsticks Can Be Found at Bushi-Tei on Post in Japantown – Plus, Handmade Pocky!

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Oh dear, I guess Carolyn Alburger already posted a photo of those famous Bushi-Tei chopsticks, you know, the ones so unique that high-end diners swipe them. So, I’m not really adding anything here:

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(Honestly, I missed the photo that she posted. Don’t know how that happened…)

Darn, this means that I’m just another free-loading internet wantrepreneur, another aggregator.

So, I guess alls that left to do is send out a misleading, hyped-up, SEO-optimized, Huffington Post-style Tweet and then I’ll watch the $$$ roll in…

No, I can’t do it! I gots to add value before this post is done.

Let’s see here, Bushi Tei’s chopsticks look like Harry Potter wands, like mini-Elderwands. (There, I’ve started the rise from mere internet wantrepreneur, mere aggregator, up to the lofty perch of blogger, of content creator. Hurray! Whew, that was close.)

But wait, there’s more.

OMG, handmade Pocky!

“Chocolate Pot de Creme – Blackberry and Elderflower: Handmade Pocky” by Pastry Chef Yuko Fujii:

These Pockies are the cutest things I’ve seen since those mini choco burgers that Spork gives you to ease the pain right at the time you realize you dropped $80-something at a revamped KFC. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And, last I heard, their Original Recipe Pull Apart Rolls with whipped honey butter and sea salt are still free, price on the menu is listed as $0.00. Hurray! Oh yes, please don’t steal Spork’s hefty, metal, straight-outta-Pusan sporks neither.)

I was going to save these Pockies for another post, but I sure don’t want anybody to call me the “A-word.”

Anyway, bushi tei is swinging for the fences up there on Post Street – I mean, they had a Michelin star(!) for a while, right? (And let me tell you, you won’t find too many of those in District 5, let me tell you.)

And now, bushi-tei has a new chef, I understand, so who knows what the future will bring.

Fin

OMG, Get Your Tickets Now for the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason! Sunday, April 17th

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Once again, it‘s on.

Deets below.

Here’s what it looked like last year:

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And here’s somebody’s shot from 2008. (Not sure if you can get your body painted if you show up in a bathing suit but, you know, anything’s possible…}

All the deets:

“The lips of Bay Area food and wine lovers are again tingling in anticipation and excitement as TasteTV prepares for the return of the 5th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on April 17th, www.SFChocolateSalon.com.

An unforgettable chocolate stimulus for their tastebuds, chocolate aficionados, fanatics, lovers and addicts will taste & enjoy the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas.

Featuring a delicious selection chosen and curated by the Organizers, International CHOCOLATESALON participants include over 50 master chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other culinary artisans.

The 5th Annual San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON participants include The Tea Room chocolate, Guittard Chocolate Company, Christopher Michael Chocolates, Plumeria Flours, Saratoga Chocolates, Choclatique, DivineChocolate, Landru Chocolates, Alter Eco Fair TradeChocolate, Goat Milk Candy Company, Snake & Butterfly, Clarine’s Florentines, Salt Side Down Chocolates, Dolce Bella Chocolates and Cafe, Neo Cocoa, Fabrica de ChocolateMomotombo, CocoTutti, Her Coconess Confections, Marti Chocolatt, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Gateau et Ganache, Nicole Lee Fine Chocolates, Vice Chocolates, Socola Chocolatier, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Cacao AtlantaChocolate Co., William Dean Chocolates, Seattle ChocolateCompany, Jade Chocolates, Kika’s Treats, CJ’s Toffee and Toppings, Valrhona Chocolates, Pure Dark, Taza Chocolate, 5th Avenue Chocolatiere, New Tree, Madecasse, Sterling Confections, Lulu’sChocolate, Quady Winery, Punk Dog Wines, Sol Rouge / Winery Collective, Greater Purpose, The Winery SF, and the East Bay Vintner’s Alliance, including R&B Cellars, Rock Wall Wine Company, Respite Wines, and more.

NEW CELEBRITY SPEAKER ADDED

Q&A with a Chocolate Master, Chef Stephen Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America, and contestant on the Food Network’s “World Chocolate Masters” (12:45 PM)

IN THE NEWS

This week catch chocolatier Jim Martin of Sterling Chocolates on the Food Network’s program, “Kid in a Candy Store” (“Whimsical Chocolates” episode). Also on television, Bill Brown of William Dean Chocolates is once again on HSN (see previous video)

More about the SF Chocolate Salon in LA Times TravelFlavorPillSFStation.com944 MagazineSF.Eater.com, and more.

Advance Tickets available through April 16th for 25 USD, while quantities last. (Tickets are 30 USD at Door) at www.SFChocolateSalon.com.

UPCOMING CHOCOLATE SALONS

To view a schedule of other upcoming TasteTV Chocolate Salons in Seattle, Napa, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and more, go to www.LuxuryChocolateSalon.com

See you there!

Diva Da’ Bunny and Dude Da’ Bunny Bring Bling Bling to Easter 2011 – From Lucky Supermarkets with Love

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Now I’ll tell you, I haven’t seen Diva and Dude this year yet but I still have time to find them.

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I still have time…

Broken-Hearted: Charles Chocolates Bids Adieu

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Tamara Palmer has the deets.

First they came for the Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker.

Then they came for Joseph Schmidt Confections.

Now they’re coming for Charles Choco.

Oh well.

Remember back in the day, back when those $66 heart-shaped boxes would get you more tail than Sinatra every February?

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Good luck, Chuck. Srsly.

Chocolate-Themed CalAcademy NightLife! Carolers, Indoor Snow Flurries, Chocolate Martinis, and Reindeer on Dec. 16th

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Our California Academy of Sciences will go all out with its choco-themed NightLife starting at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 16th, 2010.

Truly, it will be the Land of Chocolate, if only for one night. All the deets below.

Und, leave us not forget Indie Mart Nightlife on December 9th:

“NightLife and Indie-Mart are teaming up for a Holiday DIY & designer show extravaganza, featuring the best in San Francisco’s local fashion designers, makers, crafts, artists, live screenprinting.  Workshop SF will be providing free fun things to make & demos on how to screenprint, stencil & more.  Come out and buy some truly unique gifts for your friends and love ones while supporting local small businesses and artists.  This week NightLife also features the return of our live music series, with sets by AB and the Sea and Boy in the Bubble.  Life/Style DJs Ts and Roll will provide music on the main floor. Buy Tickets to NightLife on December 9th

Chocolate takes center stage at the California Academy of Sciences during NightLife on December 16th

The event will feature chocolate tastings, fun facts, and a cooking demonstration on Thursday, Dec. 16 from 6-10 pm

WHAT: In the spirit of holiday decadence, NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates chocolate on December 16, with tastings, chocolate experts, and even a truffle and ganache cooking demonstration.   Attendees will be able to sample the wares of chocolatiers from around the globe, and discover the nuances and variations in chocolate’s aroma, texture, flavor and finish.  Acapella carolers, indoor snow flurries, chocolate martinis, and live reindeer will complete the festive atmosphere. NightLife is a weekly event which gives adults the chance to explore the Academy in a whole new light, with music, cocktails, and special programs. Tickets available at www.calacademy.org/events/nightlife/.

WHO:

Madecasse: A tour of the chocolate of Madagascar, with a guided chocolate tasting

LaBonne Cuisine: Truffle and ganache cooking demonstration with Christophe Kubiak

TCHO: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

The Tea Room: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

Divine Chocolate: Tastings (6:30-9:30 pm)

On a Rainbow Acappella Group: performing holiday carols at 7:30pm & 8:30pm

WHEN: 6-10pm on Thursday, December 16, 2010

WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

WHY: Who doesn’t love chocolate!? Whether you’re a connoisseur or a novice choco-holic, this is your chance to satisfy those cravings, and fine-tune your palate at the same time.