Last week, I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco’s Fall Luxury Chocolate Salon, a smaller version of Taste TV’s International Salon that’s become a yearly happening. As it was, there were still over thirty participants, all eagerly displaying their artistic endeavors.
As someone unfamiliar with attending events like this, I just have to share one of my favorite parts: the moment when you walk in from the outside world, past the inner door, and into the first room of booths. There are chocolate-crazed people everywhere you look, plates of fresh truffles sit on a table at your left hand awaiting you, and everywhere is the aroma of chocolate. The scent is like your host, beckoning you to come farther in.
Though it looks like the International Salon is on a much larger scale, this event did introduce me to a variety of new names. Two whose displays really stood out to me are Vice Chocolates and Gateau et Ganache — their chocolates looked as dazzling as jewelry. Vice took away many of the salon awards, along with Amano (no surprise there). Speaking of Amano, they were, much to my excitement, selling boxed chocolates at the salon; the small box I snagged will be getting a review presently, along with the other assortment of things I picked up both at the salon and in local shops.
If you get a chance to go to a salon, do so, if only to wholeheartedly devote an afternoon or morning to your friend chocolate.