Chocolate Alert: DallasChocolate.org Hosting Decadent Conference Saturday, August 14
Love chocolate? Probably not as much as Sander Wolf, the founder and driving force behind DallasChocolate.org.
That’s okay. You can catch up by attending a series of educational and tasty chocolate seminars on August 14 for DallasChocolate.org’s 2010 Chocolate Conference.
We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the event–just shoot us an email by 5 pm Wednesday with your name and email address to contest@EscapeHatchDallas.com. The winner will be randomly drawn from all entrants and notified by email.
The classes are interactive, with plenty of tastings, meet-and-greets, and Q&A opportunities with leading chocolatiers, chocolate makers, and chocolate bakers.
“The classes are are only one half of the Chocolate Conference,” writes Wolf in an email to EscapeHatch. “There is also the main hall consisting of about a dozen of Dallas’ finest chocolatiers handing out samples.
“It’s an exciting collection of chocolate experts that ranges from bar makers to bakers. The first “class” is an unbelievable chocolatiersʼ roundtable moderated by chocolate expert Clay Gordon. All chocolatiers participating in the Chocolate Conference will take part, discussing the state of chocolate in Dallas as well as their own personal stories and perspectives on chocolate.”
Here’s the lineup. Tickets to the entire event cost just $15.
DallasChocolate.org is an educational organization devoted to exciting Dallas about the accessibility and appreciation of fine
chocolate. Tickets for the event can be purchased at DallasChocolate.org. Participating chocolatiers, chocolate experts, and
class topics are subject to change.
Chocolate Conference 2010
August 14, 2010, at the Addison Conference Centre
Full Schedule of Classes Announced
The full schedule of classes for the DallasChocolate.org Chocolate Conference 2010 has been finalized. The diverse set of
topics touches all aspects of fine chocolate and are geared to both chocolate novices and experts. Highlights include
“Chocolate Making 101” taught by Art Pollard, founder of Amano Artisan Chocolate (Utah) and “Everything You Ever Wanted to
Know About Chocolate” taught by chocolate expert Clay Gordon, founder of online community The Chocolate Life. Starting the
day will be an unbelievable chocolatiersʼ roundtable moderated by Gordon. All chocolatiers participating in the Chocolate
Conference will take part, discussing the state of chocolate in Dallas as well as their own personal stories and perspectives on
The full schedule is as follows:
10:00 am Chocolatiers Roundtable — All Participating Chocolatiers & Special Guests
# A free-flowing discussion with all the exhibiting chocolatiers and special guests. Learn about the
chocolatierʼs inspirations and what makes their chocolates so special. Bring your questions!
11:00 am How to Taste Fine Chocolate — Madame Cocoa (Adrienne Newman)
# A beginnerʼs guide to the world of fine chocolate (with plenty of examples to try).
12:00 noon Chocolate Making 101 — Art Pollard (founder of Amano Artisan Chocolate)
# Learn how fine chocolate is made from bean to bar by the founder of one of Americaʼs best chocolate
1:00 pm A Tour of the Chocolate Shop — Chef Tina Buice
# So whatʼs the difference between a truffle, a chocolate, and a bon-bon? Chef Tina explains using examples
from the chocolatiers in the showcase.
2:00 pm Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate — Clay Gordon (The Chocolate Life)
# Bring your questions, no matter how complex or silly. Clay Gordon, who literally wrote the book on
chocolate, will do his best to answer.
3:00 pm Decorating Chocolates — David Collier
# Executive Pastry Chef David Collier makes chocolates that are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
4:00 pm Baking with Fine Chocolate — Michele Brown (Pastry Professor, Collin College)
# Pickup some great baking tips from the Texas Chefʼs Associationʼs Pastry Chef of the Year.
Main Hall of Chocolatiers:
# 11:00 am – 5:00 pm# Open
Tickets for the event are $15 for adults which includes admission to one tasting session, all the above classes (space
permitting), and up to 10 samples from the exhibitors. Childrenʼs tickets are available for $5 and include 3 samples. Tickets
can be purchased online at DallasChocolate.org for pickup on the day of the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door
for sessions that are not yet sold out. Several chocolatiers will also be selling pre-packaged items from their tables.