If you're anything like me, you spend your weekends hunting for free samples at IKEA and Bath & Body Works. Often times, I come home with a pocket full of hash browns and reeking of cucumber melon shower gel. Not bad for a Saturday! While breakfast side dishes and hygienic novelties are fun, I have a sweet tooth that candy apple body lotion just can't satisfy. So, I was thrilled to hear that the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show is coming to Navy Pier with demos, seminars and, undoubtedly, loads of free samples.
From November 16-18, Navy Pier is hosting this especially delicious culinary event, which features live pastry demonstrations by the French Pastry School, seminars by the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, and a pairing pavilion that educates on how best to enjoy delicious confections alongside craft brews and wines.
Pairings and Tastings: Just when you thought chocolate couldn't get any better, Mariano's Fresh Market and Louis Glunz Beer pair it with booze. Thanks, fellas. I've been doing this on sort of an amateur level for years and I'm really excited to learn a few new tricks. Clay Gordon of The Chocolate Life leads this educational demonstration on how to couple wine and sweets with dignity.
The Chocolate Art Gallery: We're often inspired by the works featured in museums, but, quite frankly, the physical taste of Picasso's and Rembrandt's leave something to be desired. The Chocolate Art Gallery features artwork made out of chocolate--a very important distinction from other creative works. The French Pastry School will be showcasing sculptures that look (and taste) amazing.
Fine Artisanal Chocolate Area: This area features products from the Fine Chocolate Industry Association members and top chocolatiers from throughout the world. If you're into truffles, bonbons, salted caramels or macaroons, this is your spot. Bring a glass of milk.
The event will be held from November 16-18 in Navy Pier's Festival Hall. Tickets cost $35 per adult and include (15) chocolate sample tickets, wristband and (10) beverage sample tickets. Tickets for children 12-years-old and under are $10. Most culinary demonstrations and seminars are included with admission; however additional charges may be included with events that include alcoholic beverages. For more information on the Chicago Fine Chocolate Show, click here.