This week in New York life is like a box of chocolates – on steroids. (Mmmm, chocolate steroids.) The wicked masterminds behind the 10th annual International Chocolate Show decided that this year the usual three day, 40,000 square foot cocoa orgy just wasn’t going to cut it. So they’ve gotten a number of area restaurants to collectively boost the city’s blood sugar levels by declaring the next six days Chocolate Week.
Some notable New York restaurants are offering special chocolate menu options: P*Ong has duck braised in Pinot Noir and chocolate, Crema Restaurante is dishing out pulled pork tamale cooked in Tomatillo and served with chocolate Habanero sauce, and Olive Garden is serving Penne Puttenesca in an anchovy-chocolate-marinara sauce. (That last one was a joke; a full list of participants and their specials after the jump.)
The Chocolate Show itself will kick off Thursday night with a gala food and fashion event ($200 a head) to benefit City Harvest. Hosted by Food Network host Jill Cordes, the shindig features the unveiling of the "2007 Haute Chocolate Couture Collection", which showcases the work of top fashion designers in partnership with pastry chefs and chocolatiers. (15 minutes of reading over the press release and it’s still unclear whether this means models will be wearing edible clothing.)
From Friday to Sunday, the Chocolate Show will open to tens of thousands of raging chocoholics, who'll spend $28 each to sample the goods from over 65 international exhibitors. There will also be chocolate demonstrations by some of the chefs and a special “KidZone” where sugar-buzzed children can channel their hysteria into special hyper-activities, like painting self-portraits in chocolate. Tickets are on sale now for the extravaganza, which takes place at the Metropolitan Pavillion & Altman Building at 125 West 18th Street.
Alice's Tea Cup
156 East 64th Street
Tea and Chocolate Pairing on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Chocolate Expert Clay Gordon will lead participants through a chocolate and tea pairing and give a talk about chocolate varieties and production. $35 price includes tea, chocolate scone, chocolate cupcake, chocolate tasting samples, and a signed copy of Gordon's book, DISCOVER CHOCOLATE. Reservations are required.
Artisanal Fromagerie & Bistro
2 Park Avenue
Lillie Belle Farms Blue Smoked Truffles, special dessert, possible wine pairing.
9 West 57th Street
Chocolate cocktail: Hot Chocolatina. Hot chocolate spiked with Godiva Liqueur and Chambord, topped with pink spun sugar bouffant and chocolate accessories. 57th Street Chocolate Catwalk: Chanel frozen hot chocolate popsicle, Dior Devil's Food cupcake and Louis Vuitton warm chocolate purse.
Chocolat Michel Cluizel
@ABC Carpet & Home
888 Broadway, 1st Floor
Ph: 212- 477-7335
Nightly Sommelier-guided chocolate tastings from Nov. 4th to Nov. 8th. Daily chocolate happy hour featuring an array of Choctail specials and promotions. Passport holders will receive a free "hit" of hot chocolate, reduced prices on tastings and a 10% discount on any purchases made in the shop between Nov. 4th and Nov. 11th.
10 Columbus Circle
Ph: (212) 823-9335
Signature Chocolate Dessert- Tentation- Milk Chocolate Cremeux with Praline Crunch
15% discount off of the merchandise total of orders placed on our website with a minimum merchandise total of $30. Customer has to mention code: CSCM091107 (This promo will last through the end of December 2007.)
90 Madison Avenue
Chocolate tasting of pastry chef Hsing Chen's handcrafted bonbons with hot and cold chocolate drinks in the champagne lounge for $30/person.
Cocina Mexicana Refinada
111 West 17th Street
Chocolate Cocktail- Tequila Anejo, Mexican Chocolate, Kahlua, touch of Espresso, and cappuccino foam. Chocolate Entrée- Pulled Pork Tamale cooked in Tomatillo served with chocolate Habanero sauce.
Institute for Culinary Education
50 West 23rd Street
Monday, November 5, 2007 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm: Old Fashioned Chocolate Desserts
Thursday, November 8, 2007 from 10:00am to 3:00pm: Chocolate Galore
Friday, November 9, 2007 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm: Chocolate Charity Event- Participants will make chocolates that will then be donated to a children's charity tbd.
James Beard House
167 West 12th Street
Ultimate Chocolate Lover's Brunch with renowned chocolatier Andrew Shotts on November 11, 2007. Open to the general pubic for $90 per person or join the James Beard Foundation and receive the member's price of $75. Reservations required. Limited seating.
Jer's Handmade Chocolates
Visit us online at Jers.com or call 800-540-7265, give us the event code "CSNY7" and we will give you 10% off your order.
150 West 10th Street
Duck braised in Pinot Noir and chocolate with Kabocha squash tapioca. Foie gras pastrami, ginger, concord grape, and cocoa caramel. Smoked trout caviar, white chocolate-miso parfait, lemon & chive biscuit. Chocolate marquis with shaved melons, Aleppo pepper, hazelnuts, and honey.
Peanut Butter & Co
240 Sullivan Street
Ph: 212- 677-3995
Special Menu Item: Chocolate fluffernutter sandwich featuring Peanut Butter & Co's all-natural, gourmet Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter with Marshmallow Fluff.
Rickshaw Dumpling Bar
61 West 23rd Street & 53 East 8th Street
Ph: 212-924-9220, 212-461-1750
Chocolate Soup Dumplings
Hit www.sweetriot.com for chocolate covered cacao! 10% off online. Use discount code: rioting