The 2015 Fall Chocolate Salon
Even the name sounds delicious. The San Francisco 6th Annual Fall Chocolate Salon features unlimited tastings from over 30 of the Nation’s best chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries, and other culinary artisans. The Salon also features chef and author talks, wine tastings, and ongoing interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program (yes, it’s a real thing). But it’s not just chocolate you’ll find at the salon. The salon is known to host unique gifts and other goodies such as wine, artwork, jewelry, books, beauty products, home decor and more… all inspired by the taste, aroma, and beauty of chocolate.
If you plan on going to the salon, take a few minutes to understand how to properly taste chocolate. There’s a technique to it similar to wine tasting, in fact, experts say that chocolate has over 400 distinct flavor compounds – that’s even more than wine!
The process of truly tasting chocolate integrates all five of your senses. Start by taking in the aroma. A good proportion of the flavor you experience from your food (or chocolate, in this case) comes from the aroma. Next, take a good look and fell at the chocolate. In most cases, a good chocolate bar will have a glossy appearance and smooth texture, thanks to the tempering process, and there should be few or no air bubbles. Then break a piece of chocolate off, you should hear a clear “snap” sound. That’s another sign of a well-tempered chocolate and a skilled chocolate maker. Breaking the chocolate will release more aroma, so bring it to your nose and inhale to take it all in.
Now it’s time to actually taste! Place a small piece of chocolate on your tongue, and most importantly of all, don’t chew, no matter how tempting it may be! You can bite it to help it melt a little, but the key to getting the most from your chocolate is to let it melt slowly on your tongue. Chocolate melts at just above body temperature, so if it’s been made well it should start to melt in the mouth pretty quickly.
As it melts, it will start to release many flavors. Some chocolates have just a couple of identifiable flavor notes, but pay attention for the subtle flavors. It might be fruity, floral, earthy, or spicy. Can you taste cherries, jasmine, banana, licorice, even balsamic vinegar? The more chocolate you taste, the more you’ll find you’re able to pick out much more distinct flavors.
If your mouth is watering, you can pre-order tickets to the salon for $25.00. The event takes place on Sunday, November 15, 2015 from 10 am to 5 pm at the General’s Residence in Upper Fort Mason, just around the corner from Ghirardelli Square. The salon is a perfect unique date opportunity, what better way to impress your sweetheart than with a fancy Sunday brunch followed by unlimited gourmet chocolate tasting? To make it even more special, book a special ride to this luxurious event with Nationwide Limousine Service, to make this one of a kind event a truly memorable date. To learn more about our luxury vehicles, call 800-339-8936.