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New Meetup: Pike Chocofest

From: Gina - Seattle R.
Sent on: Saturday, January 9, 2010 8:23 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Seattle Area CHOCOLATE Meetup!

What: Pike Chocofest

When: Friday, February 12,[masked]:00 PM

Pike Pub & Brewery
1415 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98101

I will not be at this but you might like it. If someone would like to host let me know.

Pike Brewing Company hosts PIKE CHOCOFEST, a romantic evening of chocolate paired with wine, mead, spirits and beer.

Thursday, February 12, 2009
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The Pike Pub?s Microbrewery Museum Room
$25 per person
R.S.V.P. to Michael St. Clair

Seattle: The Visitors and Convention Bureau calls it the Emerald City; newspapers call it the coffee city; Wine Spectator called it a wine city; and Michael Jackson, the famous British beer writer, called it and Portland, ?The top two craft-beer markets in the world.? Everyone knows Seattle is salmon! When it comes to food, Seattle is the real big apple!

For chocophiles, Seattle is 97%! No chocolatier is more famous than Fran Bigelow, whose salted caramels are preferred by President Barack Obama. Theo in Fremont is a local gem ?
a genuine bean to bar chocolate factory making chocolates that compete with the finest of Italy, Belgium and France. The number of local chocolate makers is growing: Matt Carter dreamed of crafting chocolate since graduating from culinary arts from what is now Seattle Culinary Academy. In October 2008, after he and his partner, Pike Pub veteran server John Strasinger, got married in San Francisco (Seattle is NOT the same sex marriage capital,) the two of them opened Carter?s Chocolates in Port Orchard last fall. Anne Boyington?s Trevani Truffles, each a masterpiece, are sold directly by the maker at farmer?s markets using many items from local farmers. Seattle importer Ritrovo, itself a local legend, imports sensational BruCo Chocolate, a boutique producer in Le Marche region of Italy. Matt Vandenberg, a proud Belgian/American and owner of Bottleworks beer store in Wallingford, defends his country?s honor of being the chocolate, as well as the beer, capital. Matt directly imports one of his mother country?s most highly regarded chocolates, Leonidas of Brussels.

Because there are many local chocolates available, Michel and Valerie Brotman opened the ultimate chocolate store, The Chocolate Box, a cocoa cornucopia with an incredible selection of mostly local chocolate treats. There, they hold tastings and offer classes in the exploration of chocolate ? an exotic, erotic, sensual, food, that is good for the soul as well as the whole.

Pike proclaims Seattle the Sensuous City by hosting PIKE CHOCOFEST, two days before Valentine?s: foreplay for the big day.

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