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The May Chocolate Wonk - London Calling

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The May Chocolate Wonk - London Calling

Time: May 23, 2010 from 3pm to 5:30pm
Location: Jimmy's # 43
Street: 43 East 7th Street
City/Town: New York, NY
Event Type: tasting
Created By: Clay Gordon
Latest Activity: Aug 9, 2010

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This month's Chocolate Wonk theme is London Calling (my apologies to The Clash) and is being sponsored in part by Hotel Chocolat (some exciting news on that front will be shared at the Wonk).

We'll be featuring work from Hotel Chocolat (naturally), Rococo, Artisan du Chocolat, and ChocolateLife member Duffy Sheardown's Red Star Chocolate - among others; I've got inquiries out to several other chocolatiers and I will update the event as I learn more.

The meeting fee is $10 for ChocolateWonk members, who are invited to pay at the door - same price.

Non-members can pay the $10 meeting fee in advance or pay $15 cash at the door.

There is also a two-drink minimum. Soft-drinks are available for $3 and Jimmy's excellent selection of beers ranges from $6-14. Jimmy's accepts cash only.

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Comment by Roxanne Browning on May 25, 2010 at 12:50am
Nice video Clay! Did you use iMovie?
Here are the chocolates we tasted, (please correct any errors)
Rococo Chocolates - Basil with lime & cardamon
Artisan du Chocolat- Bali 72%, Jamaica 72%, Orchard w/

orange blossom 72% Duffy Red Star-Corazon del Ecuador 72% and beta Brazil bar 70%
Hotel Chocolat-Rabot Estate bars, St Lucia. 70% Dark Chuao, 80% & 90% Dark Hacienda Iara & 65% w/ chilies.
Willies-69% Indonesia, 70% Peru

Comment by Clay Gordon on May 24, 2010 at 10:33am
I added a short video I edited from clips taken at the Wonk.
Comment by Roxanne Browning on May 20, 2010 at 9:21pm
I will be there with Alan
Comment by Clay Gordon on May 12, 2010 at 1:15pm
Duffy posted elsewhere that he sent 3 bars of "Corazon del Ecuador" 72% and 3 development bars of "Heart of Brazil" 70% for the next Wonk meeting.

The Brazil bars are so new the don't have wrappers yet. They were made using fellow The Chocolate Life member Jim Lucas' beans and I took samples to my launch at the London Real Food Festival last weekend.

Comments on the Brazil:
1. Warm, chocolatey, coffee at first, slightly burnt aftertaste. Some mould.

2. Fruity, nice grassiness, fresh.

3. Very fruity, would use as a couverture with the cocoa butter reduced.

Comments on the Corazon del Ecuador:
1. TheChocolateReview site said: a "safe" bar. Slight cherry and marzipan.
2. Martin at said: treacle toffee, over-ripe banana, mulled wine, gentle citrus, raisins and powdered ginger. Tannic aftertaste like black tea.

He is looking forward to hearing our thoughts after the Wonk
Comment by Clay Gordon on May 11, 2010 at 11:52pm
This just in - another London chocolate maker confirmed for the Wonk - Sir Hans Sloane. And the chocolate maker is a Yank - Bill Mc Carrick.

Comment by Clay Gordon on May 10, 2010 at 10:34am
Links for confirmed (as of Monday, May 10) chocolate providers for the Wonk:

Red Star Chocolate
Artisan du Chocolat
Rococo Chocolates
Hotel Chocolat (UK)
Hotel Chocolat (US)
Comment by Clay Gordon on May 8, 2010 at 10:50am
Confirmed today: Red Star Chocolate - featuring chocolate made by ChocolateLife member Duffy Sheardown.

Comment by Clay Gordon on May 8, 2010 at 10:47am
Confirmed today: Artisan du Chocolat - featuring their Jamaica and Bali bars.

Comment by Clay Gordon on May 8, 2010 at 10:43am
Confirmed Today: Hotel Chocolat - featuring bars made from beans grown on their own Rabot Estate, San Lucia.

Comment by Clay Gordon on May 8, 2010 at 10:42am
Confirmed today: Rococo.

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