I've been partying it up in Dallas and Austin, celebrating the release of my book, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution, over good chocolate, cheese, and beer. Plus my friend and photographer Spencer Selvidge came along for the treats in Austin. Here are photos of the festivities!
Here I am signing books at the Dallas Chocolate Festival and hanging with the Dick Taylor guys.
Then it was on to a private tasting party (from the giveaway!) and a night of chocolate, cheese, and books at Scardello's Cheese, in Dallas.
I had the flu the night of the Underground Chocolate Salon at Chocolaterie Tessa, but Tessa Halstead, Bob Williamson of SRSLY Chocolate, and Professor Romi Burks held down the fort and delighted salon-goers with a bean-to-bar-to-bonbon tasting!
Saturday I was back! Lawren Askinosie of Askinosie Chocolate and I partnered with Antonelli's Cheese for a sold-out chocolate-cheese pairing evening, with some seriously delicious pairings. The crowd favorite was white chocolate with manchego: They melded into one amazing mouthful.
Last but certainly not least, on Sunday I headed to Hops & Grain Brewing for chocolate, beer, and bands. Think two beer pairings, a coffee pairing, and live music from two bands.
This weekend I'll be in Boston! On Friday night I'm teaming up with Taza Chocolate for a tasting and book signing at Porter Square Books, and on Saturday I'll be at the Let's Talk About Food festival, making Cocanu's recipe for Pop Rocks Chocolate Bark and signing books (my demo is at 10:40 AM). See you there!
(Photos of events at Chocolaterie Tessa, Antonelli's, and Hops & Grain by Spencer Selvidge)
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