It was trick-or-treat for adults for the minimal $20 ticket to get through the door for an exclusive all day sampling of exotic chocolates from various chocolatiers and other culinary artisans including Amano Artisan Chocolate, Mignon Chocolate Boutique, Amella Caramels, CocoTutti, Marti Chocolatt, Toffee Talk, Chuao Chocolatier, Butterfly Brittle, Chocolates by M Josephs, Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Valenza Chocolatier, Droga Chocolates, Marco Paolo Chocolates, Amara Chocolate, The Toffee Box, Hot Chocolat, Monterey Chocolate Company, La Dolce Vita Gourmet, Farm Fresh To You, Gourmet Blends, the Chocolate Shop Wine, Rosa d'Oro Vineyards, Alquimia Organic Tequila, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Chocolate Porter, Honest Tea, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, The Sugar Lab, KRAVE Jerky, Beantrees Organic Coffee Company, Meetup.com, PK Perfumes, TasteTV, Chocolate Television, and more!
Let's Talk Toffee! The perfect crunch is how I'd describe this delectable “Best toffee I've ever had!” from “Toffee Talk”. Too good for words, really! You'll harken back to your childhood memories of making toffee as I did when I tasted this dreamy confection handmade from the best butter, chocolate and nuts available while it melts in your mouth until that final moment of delectable sweet CRUNCH! And then I needed another “little piece of conversation.” Red walnuts too? Who knew?
Toffee Talk claimed Best of Show in the confection category at the 2010 Marin County Fair, amongst other numerous local and national awards. Not only that, you're doing good when you purchase Toffee Talk since they donate 10% to Susan B Komen for the Cure for Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Keep up the good work, Catherine Hughes, Chief Toffee Officer and Ellin Purdom, Director of Social Networking. What a charming team I had the pleasure of meeting, and just as sweet as their tantalizing Toffee!
As I floated from table to table laden with the best-of-the-best chocolate bounty from “Far away Places with Strange Sounding Names” I indulged in chocolate by Mignon who's family chocolate business was established in 1935 in Kharkov, Ukraine. During the 1970's, Mignon was known among Iranians as the "King of Chocolate" in Tehran. Their chocolates attracted the Shah's (King of Iran) family for regular visits. Mignon's creations can be found locally in Glendale and Pasadena and also online at http://mignonchocolate.com
Of course it would take a whole novel to highlight everyone, and speaking of novels, Doreen Pendgracs was there with Volume 1 of her newly published “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate” featuring the best of Europe & the UK.
Cocotutti are tiny bite size bundles of joy created from exotic ingredients such as the ginger-infused liquid caramel on the inside, with peanuts tossed in Thai chili on the outside. Each delectable confection is hand-crafted to the exact specifications and their assortment of “spooky eyeballs” chocolates is just in time for Halloween!
Did I mention perfume?!? Why yes, as a matter of fact. What better way to enjoy chocolate sans the calories? You'll smell completely luscious enveloped in Violet Chocolatier (perfume) and a plethera of other high quality scents. Paul Kiler, the artiste behind PK Perfumes created his scents using the best natural ingredients such as Buchu Leaves, Rhubarb, Pink Pepper, and Pink Grapefruit, Carnation, Rose, Ylang, Neroli, Davana Spices, Bay Rum, Patchouli Teak, and Cedar wood just to name a few! These exotic ingredients provide a long lasting staying power that only quality scents can deliver. The proof is in the chocolate pudding, since Paul's garnered 19 awards during the first ten months of business from the likes of the National Judges Panel, the San Francisco March 2013 Artisan Fragrance Salon event, the September 2012 Los Angeles Artisan Fragrance Salon event and the Gold Award for “Best Aroma”, a Silver Award for “Best in Salon”, and two Bronze awards for “Most Unique”, and “Most Seductive Scent”. Whew! Paul gave me a favorite sample of Gold Leather to try and it was "Scent Sational”!
Another fantastic bar I got to indulge in was Kallari Ecuadoran chocolate. It's organically grown and harvested by a cooperative of indigenous Kichwa farmers in the Amazon. Sustainable, Organic and Gluten Free! Does it get any better? I loved their “Sacha” Mild Dark with Orange Essential Oil and I also was privy to* (means I ate it) the 85% Kallari Cacao bar which boasts “very low organic cane sugar since they do not roast their beans”. What's more, all the profits from sales of this award-winning organic chocolate return to the cooperative to support 21 Rainforest communities. Just another reason why chocolate is so good for you!
As if that weren't enough, we were likewise entertained and instructed by:
Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate on Fair Trade Chocolate
Kallari Chocolate on Chocolate from Ecuador
Bobby Bognar of History Channel's Food Tech screening scenes from "Food Tech" and his latest food television program
Demonstrations from Le Cordon Bleu instructors
KABC Radio Host and Bikini Chef Susan Irby on healthy eating and chocolate
LA film talent Dave Shelton on Chocolate in television and films
Trish Procetto of TOURific Escapes on Her favorite chocolate tour spots in LA
Jackie Dodd The Beeroness on How to pair beer and chocolate
Liz von Hasseln of The Sugar Lab on how they invented using 3D printing technology to create 3D sugar sculptures and designs
The Gourmandise School from Santa Monica
Suffice it to say that this is a mere shout out to those chocolates I simply couldn't resist trying if only to entice you to be sure and not miss the next Chocolate Sensation in 2014!
Much like the old Spanish proverb: "Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso." (Ideas should be clear and chocolate thick.)
7th Annual Los Angeles Chocolate Salon
October 6, 2013
Pasadena Conference Center
300 Green Street