Yesterday I was at the Tucson Taste of Chocolate event at the Doubletree Hotel where I was a judge along with Karyn Zoldan, Edie Jarolim, Mary Paganelli and three other celebrity judges. It was a fund raiser for the Rincon Rotary.
You would not believe all the ways people presented chocolate. There were all the usual suspects: cakes, cupcakes, cookies, fudge and a chocolate fountain. But then there was salted chocolate nut bark, a chocolate empanada, chocolate nut praline, turtle cookies, chocolate pizza, something called chocolate Charlotte, chocolate balsamic vinegar, a chocolate enchilada, chicken mole and much, much more. Some places had just one item; others had three, four, five or more.
It was lots of fun and utter heaven.
There were four categories: Restaurant, Caterer, Bakery and Just Chocolate – I judged the last two.
I don’t have the People’s Choices winners but the Judges’ Winners are below the cut:
Bakery – a tie:
Bird’s Nest Baking Company
Le Bon Gateau
The Doubletree Hotel (my personal favorite)