Monthly Archives: April 2009

Valrhona Revival

I was so glad that we sampled the new Valrhona bars at our recent intermediate chocolate course. I kind of signed Valrhona off a bit ago until tasting their newly designed bars. They are magnificent and have stepped up their game on all levels: complexity, roast, even presentation.

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Focused Tasting: Intermediate Fine Chocolate

My friend Laura and I had the opportunity to attend an intermediate fine chocolate class at Tony Caputo’s in SLC. We missed the intro class but were allowed to “test” into the intermediate one after a small briefing. I truly enjoyed myself, which makes it that much more disappointing that I won’t be able to attend the advanced class as I’ll be out of town! If one attends the final class, s/he receives a Chuao T-shirt. Quel dommage!

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Inspiration

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On my wish list

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Laura chatting with other chocophiles

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Inspiration II

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We brake for d. chocolate. Thanks so much, Laura, for joining me. I had a blast!!

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Matt Caputo (Tony’s son) conducted the class and tasting in front of their huge selection of incredible cheeses–right next to their impressive cheese cave. Laura and I kept hoping that he’d recommend we chase down our d. chocolate with a cheese pairing. No luck.

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After-hours tour of Caputo’s. The blur comes from mushroomy condensation on the plastic wrap. Yum!

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More nonchocolate

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These last two images come from a cheese and d. chocolate pairing of our own when Robert and I visited Laura and Steve’s new house. Thanks for a most wonderful weekend!

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Pasta Guys

During my recent trip to Seattle, Robs and I went to the fish market. Among the many treats we found, dark chocolate linguine was right up my alley. This vendor was pretty awesome and welcomed sampling.

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You can read more about this shop on Yelp too.

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