The rain didn’t keep chocolate aficionados from savoring the 8th Annual Grapevine ChocolateFest, held in the historic Grapevine Palace Arts Center. While event organizers admitted the crowds were somewhat less than expected because of the weather, the abundance of chocolate creations brightened the day for attendees of all ages. More than 14 vendors artfully presented their chocolate samples to guests who had paid $10 for 10 chocolate samples.
Travelers Aid DFW (which helps airline passengers who are stranded or in crisis) benefited from all the chocolate-loving frenzy: first from Friday’s Evening of Chocolate and Wine at La Buena Vida Vineyards and then from Saturday’s Day of Chocolate and Art at the Palace.
Some surprises included Remington College culinary arts department students who wowed with confections inspired by regions of the United States including Guinness chocolate truffles (Northeast), chocolate St. Louis brownie (Midwest), the Saki bombe (Hawaii) and Southern iced tea chocolate (South)… all artfully presented. The Embassy Suites Hotel—Outdoor World showed that its hand-painted artisan chocolates could hold their own with the likes of the D/FW area’s foremost chocolatiers.
Chef Jeff Glick explained that “We are rapidly becoming known for doing things a little differently at this Embassy Suites because we are a showpiece hotel that caters to a lot of conventions and other gatherings. Hence, we can create special treats like our hand-painted chocolates in flavors like key lime and black pomegranate. Our truffles have long been offered as gifts by our sales staff but we are now pursuing the notion of offering them to the public.”
More unusual chocolate diversions included chocolate granola bars prepared by the Hyatt Regency DFW, white chocolate cherry toffee from Toffee Treats and Elegantly Chocolate’s exquisite raspberry- filled white chocolate butterflies.
As folks headed back into the rain—buoyed by the pleasures of chocolate brownies, truffles, cookies and other decadent diversions—the mood was nothing short of blissful. This ChocolateFest was a sweet victory for all concerned.