At this decadent and delightful event chocolate aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists experienced the finest in artisan, gourmet & premium chocolate, wine, and specialty foods.
Some of the vendors at the Luxury Chocolate Salon included: L'Artisan du Chocolat, Mignon Chocolate, Decadent Tastes, Yum! Chocolate, Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream Liqueur, Chuao Chocolatier, Guittard Chocolate, The Chocolate Traveler, Malibu Toffee, Cocoa Prive, The TeaRoom, Amano Artisan Chocolate, Chocolate Covered Company, Randy Fuhrman Events / Randy's Brownies, Silver Stone Wines, C'est Tres Chic Chocolate Molds, Le Creuset, Swissmar, Putumayo World Music, Chocolate Television, and much, much more.
According to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chocolate#Physiological_effects part of the pleasure of eating chocolate is due to the fact that its melting point is slightly below human body temperature - it melts in the mouth. Chocolate intake has been linked with release of serotonin in the brain, which produces feelings of pleasure. A study reported by the BBC indicated that melting chocolate in one's mouth produced an increase in brain activity and heart rate that was more intense than that associated with passionate kissing, and also lasted four times as long after the activity had ended. Research has shown that heroin addicts tend to have an increased liking for chocolate; this may be because it triggers dopamine release in the brain's reinforcement systems — an effect, albeit a legal one, similar to that of cocaine.
Chocolate Tasting Panelists included Lesley Balla (Editor, Eater LA); Lindsay William-Ross (Food Editor, LAist); lifestyle/cooking personality, Audrey Bernstein (Oh-Audrey); author Amelia Saltsman (The Santa Monica Farmer's Market Cookbook); Anne Smith (The New School of Cooking); author Stacey V. Bolden-Bowers, and others.
TasteTV also announced a sneak-peak screening of the new short film, " Searching for the Heart of Chocolate," by filmmaker Sarah Feinbloom at the Pasadena Center. Sarah Feinbloom's films have appeared on PBS, NPR, and at film festivals. A trailer for the film can be seen on ChocolateTelevision.com, as well as on TasteTV.com under "Chocolate.”
TasteTV is the leading New Media culinary, wine, lifestyle and food network, covering delicious topics ranging from restaurants, food, and wine to premium chocolate, cooking, fashion, and style. Its videos can be seen online at http://www.TasteTV.com, ChocolateTelevision.com, BlogCritics.org, and on over 80 television stations nationwide.
I loved learning about different chocolates and wines at the Luxury Chocolate Salon and my pallet was even more pleased. You don’t have to be an expert to attend next year’s Luxury Chocolate Salon, you just have to like chocolate to appreciate this delicious, mouth-watering event and its products.
Salon information, the film trailer, or for the Menu of events, go to http://www.LAChocolateSalon.com