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13Nov/19

SALON DU CHOCOLAT

The Chocolate Fashion Show redefines haute couture/cuisine

The Chocolate Fashion Show redefines haute couture/cuisine

Javits Center
655 West 34th St. at 11th Ave.
Saturday, November 16, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Sunday, November 17, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Admission: $10-$25 in advance, $12-$35 onsite
www.salonduchocolatny.com
www.javitscenter.com

“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt,” Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz wisely stated. Fall just hasn’t been the same since Salon du Chocolat stopped coming around here in 2011, but the multidimensional celebration of all things cacao is now back for a brand-new iteration, bringing love as well as delectable delights to the Javits Center November 16-17. More than eighty purveyors of ganache goodness will have booths, offering samples, selling their wares, and sharing their thoughts on what local chef Michael Levine calls “the world’s perfect food,” and who are we to argue?

The two-day festival features live chocolate sculpting by Paul Joachim (aka the Chocolate Genius), demonstrations and Q&As with master chocolatiers, interactive workshops, a family-friendly activity center, holiday shopping pop-ups, and the salon’s inestimable Chocolate Fashion Show, in which chefs and designers collaborate on remarkable works of art. If the advisory council is any indication, we should be in for a real treat: Jansen Chan, Martin Howard, Lisa Mansour, Håkan Mårtensson, Roger Rodriguez, Rich Leach, and Ed Seguine.

Among the participating vendors from all across the globe are Aelan Chocolate Makers, Amazing Cacao, Amedei Tuscany, AMMA Chocolate, Bang Cookies, Chocolate Therapy, Conexión Chocolate, Dorothy Cox’s Chocolates, Gotham Chocolates, Harlem Chocolate Factory, Läderach, M2 Confections, Makaya Chocolat, Mozart Chocolate Liqueur, Roni Sue’s Chocolates, and VillaKuyaya Organic Dark Chocolate. Also on hand is our all-time fave, Fritz Knipschildt, who introduced us to the wonders of sea salt and caramel with chocolate many years ago at the show.

The event website provides brief info on each vendor, including whether their chocolate is fair trade, gluten free, organic, or vegan, for those who need to know. Below is a complete list of all the special programs taking place. No matter how sad you might be about the bleak, cold days ahead as well as the political situation, be sure to come hungry; as a University College London study has just declared, there is “some evidence that consumption of chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, may be associated with reduced odds of clinically relevant depressive symptoms.”

Saturday, November 16
Cocoa Nib Chocolate Tart with Oreo Crust, with Abby Swain, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 10:30

Painting with Chocolate: Creating Edible Art, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 10:30

Royal Icing, with Toni Lynn Dickinson, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 11:00

Bûche de Noël, with Sean Considine, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 11:30

Chocolate Clay: Eat your art!, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 11:45

Holiday Pies, with Toni Lynn Dickinson, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 12:00

Chocolate Bourbon Cake, with Nick Malgieri, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 12:30

Fritz Knipschildt will bring his Chocopologie to the Javits Center this weekend

Fritz Knipschildt will bring his Chocopologie to the Javits Center this weekend

Decorating Cakes with Piping, with Toni Lynn Dickinson, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 1:00

Make Your Own Vegan/Allergy Free Chocolates, with Mona Changaris, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 1:00

Coconut and Honey Truffle Pop by Khakow, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 1:30

Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival, with Miro Uskokovic, Eunji Lee, Thea Habjanic, Dan Keehner, Paola Marocchi, Elise Harris, Rob Valencia, Christophe Toury, Guillaume Roesz, Ikuma Motoki, Jana Kern-Mireles, Jayce Baudry, Rory Mcdonald, and Chris Elbow, 1:30

Painting with Chocolate: Creating Edible Art, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 2:00

Ruby Pastry, with Rocco Lugrine, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 2:00

Cold Brew Coffee Ganache, with Benoit Racquet, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 2:30

Chocolate Clay: Eat your art!, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 3:00

Crafting Cookies, with Jansen Chan, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 3:00

Signature Salon du Chocolat Fashion Show, with Vanessa Greeley, Ia Faraoni, Dede Ayite, Fritz Knipschildt, David Woolard, Moran Etstein, Libat Ohayon, Ashley Holt, Richard Capizzi, Marilyn & Joe Bawol, Christine Alaniz, and Corina Chase, Special Events Stage, 4:00

Almond Milk Chocolate Chunk Cookies, with Miro Uskokovic, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 5:15

Sunday, November 17
Chocolate Clay: Eat your art!, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 11:15

Boogie Woogie Books, Special Events Stage, 11:30

Ruby Bonbon, with Russ Thayer, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 11:30

Cakes from Start to Finish, with Jürgen David, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 11:45

Painting with Chocolate: Creating Edible Art, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 12:15

Savory Chocolate Winter Stew, with Matt Gennuso, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 12:30

Thanksgiving Breads, with Jürgen David, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 12:45

Make Your Own Vegan/Allergy Free Chocolates, with Mona Changaris, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 1:15

Chocolate Puddin’, with Katzie Guy-Hamilton, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 1:30

Fall Fruit Flavors, with Jansen Chan, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 1:45

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake, with Paulette Goto, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 2:30

Chocolate Clay: Eat your art!, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 2:45

Gluten-Free Baking, with Jansen Chan, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 2:45

All Types of Cakes, with Jürgen David, Pastry by the Pros Stage, 3:45

Painting with Chocolate: Creating Edible Art, with Nikki Woolfolk, Salon du Chocolat Junior, 4:00

Zero Waste Vegan Chocolate Cake & Gluten Free/Vegan Chocolate Chip Cereal Bars, with Theresa Farrell, Chocolate Demonstration Stage, 4:30

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