by Steven Doyle
Dallas has so many wonderful hot spots that can supply your secret stash of chocolate for Mother’s Day. We would certainly recommend Dude, Sweet Chocolate with three locations in the DFW area, CocoAndre in Oak Cliff, and Kate Wiser in Trinity Groves for starters. Don’t forget Katy Priore’s bark Chocolate that she sells at Carbone’s and other Dallas locations such a Bolsa Mercado.
We do love our chocolate. We also also enjoy it in souffle form, and we have found some of the best places to drop a few dollars on the light and airy dessert that makes a meal more special, especially this time of year when hearts go fluttering at the mere mention of the sweet dish. Continue reading
Learn how to make delicious chocolate treats in a two-hour, hands-on class taught by David Collier, executive pastry chef at Dallas’s Knife steakhouse. Presented by DallasChocolate.org, the class will teach you the techniques to make restaurant quality chocolate creations that are sure to delight your Mother. Recipes include dark chocolate raspberry, white chocolate grapefruit, and brown butter popcorn bonbons or other seasonal chocolates as well as chocolate macarons. Continue reading
A group of pastry chefs will be holding a pop-up shop for Easter on April 4th from 10am-3pm at 3001 Gaston Ave at the Big E’s store. This pop-up is extra special because they are all including something to donate to a charity of their choice.
Bark Chocolate is sponsoring DFW German Shepherd Rescue as the charity they will be donating to. More specifically, to a particular dog named Jake, who was surrendered by his owners in extremely poor condition. He will need a lot of vet care and TLC until he’s healed enough to be available for adoption. Bark will be selling organic dog treats and 100% of the proceeds will go to Jake’s vet bills. Additionally, they will have a donation jar set up for him, and people are welcome to bring dog toys for Jake as well. Continue reading
by Mike Marrero
DallasChocolate.org was started in June 2009 by Sander Wolf to promote artisan chocolate in Dallas, Texas. A big component of that is educating people about how complex and yet how accessible hand crafted chocolate can be. The 5th annual Dallas Chocolate Festival was held September 13th at the Addison Conference Center and featured samples from approximately 50 chocolatier’s and chocolate makers. Continue reading
Rain McDermott, Founder and President of Dallas Caramel Company
by Andrew Chalk
This year is the 5th anniversary of The Dallas Chocolate Festival and it is bigger and better than ever. There will be over 30 craft chocolate makers at the event September 13th at the Addison Conference centre. Attendees can walk around sampling the products of chocolate makers and chocolatiers and take instructive classes throughout the day. Confirmed exhibitors include Barry Callebaut USA; Amano Artisan Chocolate; Valrhona; Tejas Chocolate; Taza Chocolate; Pacari Chocolate; Chocolates El Rey; Potomac Chocolate; Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company; Sublime Chocolate; Chocolate Secrets; Wiseman House Chocolates; CocoAndré Chocolatier; Dr. Sue’s Chocolate; Nib Chocolates; Toffee Treats; Bark Chocolate; Dude, Sweet Chocolate; Goodies Texas; Kate Weiser Chocolate; Haute Sweets Patisserie; Dallas Caramel Company; Steel City Pops; Tarrant County College; Elegantly Chocolate; Spoon Bar and Kitchen/Knife; The Mansion; JK Chocolate, Kiskadee Chocolate; Srsly Chocolate and ChocoSutra. If you are serious about chocolate, the local producers in the list above are a who’s who of the best.
There is a special room rate at the within-walking-distance Intercontinental Hotel, Dallas for out of town visitors. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Your wait for something terrifically sweet is nearly over. What has been almost two years in the making is about to come to fruition in Trinity Groves. When chocolatier Kate Weiser opens her doors August 19th it will have much the same wonderment of Wonkaland when Gene Wilder waved his cane as the flowing colors of sweets sparkled in the eyes of the children who stood in glee.
We were able to slow Kate down just for a moment this week to chat a bit about her grand opening. That in itself is a feat of magic since she is highhandedly orchestrating the operations with her tiny band of pastry chefs. Kate is a human dynamo, packed with energy with on setting: full steam. Read on for our chat with Kate. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
On the confectionary scale of life, the lowly chocolate bar that is available at grocers, gas stations and convenience stores everywhere scores fairly low on the grand scale of treats. In Dallas we have some fine chocolate makers including Dude, Sweet Chocolate, CocoAndre Chocolatier and opening August 19th, Kate Weiser whose shop will be located in Trinity Groves. But the actual largest seller worldwide still stands the mighty Nestle’s, regardless of the quality.
As an impulse buy for someone needing a pick-me-up in the afternoon, or a chocolate hoarding fiend that doesn’t require much on taste or quality will find the average bar satisfying. Continue reading