Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the November edition
of "For Chocolate Lovers Only". Each month, you'll find
recipes, tips, and recommendations for great chocolate specialties.
Recommendation of the Month: Speaking as someone who could have
invented the word "snack", it seems that I'm almost always
in need of a little something to eat. Happy are the times when I
discover a "little something" that's chocolate and worth
eating, and among my newest discoveries are Splendido Biscotti
& Bocciolo, specifically, the latter. Pronounced "BO-chee-o-lo"
and sometimes referred to as "biscotti nuggets", they
are just that--small nuggets of crunchy biscotti enrobed in a thick
layer of chocolate that's bittersweet, but not too bittersweet.
The combination of dark chocolate and slightly sweet, crunchy, biscotti
results in a powerful lure scarcely to be resisted by mere mortals.
November is the beginning of the holiday season, many people will
be expecting company from now until the turn of the year. I'd think
that these Splendido Bocciolo would be terrific as a nibble
with coffee or tea or liqueurs after dinner, especially if you don't
want a big dessert after a heavy meal. Alternatively, have a bowl
or three handy for relatives who have to watch their favorite football
teams in action, or bring a package with you to a holiday gathering.
The bocciolo are available in bulk (by the pound), but they're also
sold in 4, 8, or 12 ounce pretty packages, which means they are
great for gifts and stocking stuffers. In addition, this company
makes biscotti in flavors ranging from hazelnut chocolate chip to
a more traditional almond orange. All of their products contain
no preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. There
is no website as of this writing, but you can call Splendido
Biscotti & Bocciolo at 1-707-778-6399 or toll free at 1-888-778-6399,
or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chocolate Event: It's been a tough year for too many people
in New York City, so a little mental break might be in order. And
I can think of no better distraction than the Fourth Annual Chocolate
Show, to be held Thursday, November 15 through Sunday, November
18 in The Big Apple. This festival celebrating all things chocolate
will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, at 125 West 18th Street
between 6th and 7th Avenues. Over 30 brands of chocolate will be
represented, with a nice mix of big names and smaller companies
you'll enjoy getting to know better. The winner of Chocolatier
magazine's "Rising Stars" contest will be present, too
(nope, I'm not going to tell you who won; you'll have to go to the
Show to find out!). Chocolate holiday gifts, many tastings, a cookbook
store with author signings, and kids' activities are just some of
what you'll find.
if you were insensible to everything listed above, you might want
to attend the many demonstrations at the two culinary theaters.
Nick Malgieri is coming this year, as are Francois Payard and Jacques
Torres. Well-known pastry chefs doing demonstations will include
Gina DePalma of Babbo, Bill Yosses of Citarella, Chris Broberg of
Petrossian, Lincoln Carson of Olives NY, and Laurent Richard of
La Caravelle. It's an incredible line-up!
For more information you can call (212) 865-6100 to receive a brochure.
Here to purchase tickets online or receive more information.
Note: there is a discount for tickets ordered online in advance.
the wake of the events of September 11, a number of international
exhibitors pulled out of the Show, and I'm sure no one blames them
for doing so. The Show's organizers, however, refused to cancel
or reschedule this event, an act that demonstrates courage and a
refusal to cave in to those who would keep Americans cowed by fear.
I cannot praise them sufficiently for this decision in this space,
but I can tell you I'll be proud to attend the Fourth Annual
Chocolate Show this year, and I hope you'll do the same.
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