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Forget Love–I’d Rather Fall in Chocolate!


Some of my FAVE local chefs like Norman Van Aken, Allen Susser, and Adrianne Calvo will bring a taste of South Florida to the first annual Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show this weekend.   The chefs will provide live cooking demonstrations, delicious bites, chocolate confections, and even life-size chocolate sculptures on both Saturday and Sunday at Pinecrest Gardens.

Tickets for the show are $35 online and $40 at the show. Kids tickets are $10.  Every ticket includes 15 tasting tickets to sample fine chocolate and food from close to 50 exhibitors from Miami as well as chocolatiers from around the country.   A portion of the ticket sales will benefit Neighbors 4 Neighbors and the Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute.

Here are some of the expected highlights:

Food Network Challenge winner Paul Joachim will provide live entertainment as he sculpts life-size chocolate versions of Miami’s biggest sports stars. Guests will have the ability to take photos with the sculptures as well.

Chef Allen will present seminars like How to Make Chocolate Tea at Home and Tips for Tasting Drinking Chocolate and Bean to Bar: The Story of Owning an Organic Farm in St. Lucia

For the full schedule, check the site.  I’ll be there all day on Sunday.  Let me know if you’re attending.


And, to get you in the chocolate mood, I was able to secure Chef Allen‘s Chocolate Tea recipe.

8 Oz Bitter chocolate
1 Tablespoon Lime Zest
½ Teaspoon Cinnamin
¼ Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 Teaspoon Mace
1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne
3 Cups Milk
1 Whole Bayleaf
2 Whole Star Anise
1 Whole Vanilla bean
1 ½ Cups Sugar
2 Tablespoons Flour

To prepare the Chocolate:  In a small mixing bowl combine the chocolate, zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, and cayenne.

To prepare the Tea: In a small saucepan warm the milk. Add the bayleaf, star anise, vanilla bean, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and whisk in the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle the flour over the simmeringmixture and whisk well to prevent lumping. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes until slightly thickened and rich.

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.” – Dave Barry

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