If you’re any kind of chocolate fan, you’ll be all up in the Dallas Chocolate Festival, arriving in town for its eighth yearly go-round this weekend. Amidst scads of chocolate samples to enjoy, however, don’t forget to seek out the demos and classes that were mentioned in this preview of the Fest from last week.
In particular, I’m dying to shout out visiting author and chocolate fanatic Megan Giller. The writer and creator of much-acclaimed choco-blog Chocolate Noise has just penned an impeccably researched book on chocolate titled Bean-to-Bar Chocolate, and she’ll be a featured speaker at the Dallas Chocolate Festival. Her beautifully written and illustrated book is about the present wave of craft chocolate adoration and how it came about, including how her love for the confection grew. For the book, Giller talks with numerous chocolatiers who provide insight on the entire chocolate-making process from … well, bean to bar. And — since she’s not a mean gal — Giller also gleans some brilliant recipes from some of the choco pros and pastry chefs she chats up for her book. Chocolate tea, anyone??
The book — available on shelves on Sept. 19 and ready for pre-order now — is a must-get, but so is the session Giller is leading at the chocolate fest. On Saturday at noon, you can find her heading up a class in the Whole Foods Demo Room called “Strangely Delicious Chocolate Pairings,” which not only sounds amazing, but is FREE!
I met Giller a few years ago when we were both Zagat.com editors (with her leading Austin coverage and me launching the Dallas site), and she’s a gem — truly engaged in what she does and graced with the infectious ability to excite you, too. Her chocolate fest sesh should be educational and really fun, so don’t miss out!
If you can’t catch her at the Dallas Chocolate Festival, worry not — Giller will also lead a chocolate and cheese tasting at Scardello Artisan Cheese (3511 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas; more details here) on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. For $15, attendees will get a chocolate and cheese plate featuring four pairings and two wines; for $30, you’ll get that and Giller’s book, too — win! A guided tour of chocolate, cheese and wine? Sounds like the perfect night out to me …
If you absolutely can’t meet the author, definitely seek out Bean-to-Bar Chocolate — Giller’s fun and personable voice certainly comes through on the page, making for a great read. But … how much cooler would this already cool book be to read knowing you met the author?! Make it happen, choco fans!
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