Chocolate Show Returns to Chelsea for 15th Year

By Mathew Katz on September 25, 2012 7:53am 

MANHATTAN — What's better than chocolate? An entire weekend of it.

The Chocolate Show will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11, celebrating the sinful confection for its 15th year.

The annual celebration of chocolate, also know by its classier moniker, Salon du Chocolat, will include samples from over 45 different chocolatiers. This year's treats range from traditional chocolate bars to boozed-up chocolate wines and champagnes, along with odder cocoa combinations, like chocolate bacon and wasabi.

As in past years, the exhibitors will be made up of an eclectic mix of both local chocolate-makers and ones from around the globe.

The fete puts a focus on choco-pastries, with a line-up of celebrity pastry chefs sharing their techniques for the tastiest tarts and most delightful danishes. Chefs include the Food Network Challenge's Jansen Chan, Eric Wolitzky of Cakes & Ale and Katie Rosenhouse, who won the Food Network's Sweet Genius dessert competition.

Each will show their tips and tricks in two culinary theaters — full kitchens that will house everything they need to whip up a scrumptious chocolate feast.

Several chefs will also be there to sign copies of their sweet-themed cookbooks, including Maricel Presilla, author of "The New Taste of Chocolate," and "Les Petits Macarons" authors Kathryn Gordon and Anne McBride.

Tickets for the show are $35 online or $40 at the door for Friday and Sunday. Saturday tickets go for $40 in advance or $50 at the door. In the past, tickets have sold out fast. Each adult may bring two children aged 5 to 12 for free.

The 2012 New York Chocolate show starts at 10 a.m. on Nov. 9 and runs through Nov. 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.

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