Dallas Chocolate Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Story of Chocolate

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

On Saturday, August 17, two iconic fixtures of Dallas converge for one spectacular dinner. The Dallas Chocolate Festival and The Fairmont Hotel Dallas present a special 10th Anniversary Dinner to commemorate DallasChocolate.org’s premier event 10 years ago. The celebratory dinner will be held in the newly renovated Venetian Ballroom at The Fairmont. The Fairmont itself recently celebrated a milestone fiftieth anniversary. 

Chocolate Lover’s Dream Dinner at The Fairmont Hotel Dallas

The Dallas Chocolate Festival’s 10th Anniversary Dinner will feature a five-course dinner created by Fairmont Dallas Executive Chef Jared Harms and Pastry Chef Cristal Gonzalez, with each dish incorporating fine artisanal chocolate. Cocktails from Balcones Distilling, wines from California-based O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, and ports from Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca will also be enjoyed. 

The Dallas Chocolate Festival’s 10th Anniversary Dinner
Saturday, August 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Venetian Ballroom at The Fairmont Hotel
(1717 N Akard St, Dallas, TX 75201).
Tickets are $150 per person (21+ only Tax and gratuity included)
For more information and to purchase tickets,
visit Dallas Chocolate Festival – Eventbrite.

With this year’s theme is The Story of Chocolate, DallasChocolate.org has invited five stars of the American chocolate movement – Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate, Greg D’Alesandre of Dandelion Chocolate, Jael Rattigan of French Broad Chocolate, and Shannon Neffendorf and Jessica Young of Five Mile Chocolate – to attend and share their stories of chocolate.

The exquisite $150 dinner, limited to 100 people, will be presented at long tables, elegantly decorated, to accent the opulence and grandeur of the historic Venetian Room. 

Dallas Chocolate Festival Anniversary Dinner Menu

First Course
Jeff’s Summer Salad | Local Summer Greens and Herbs | Pickled Gooseberry | English Peas | White Chocolate & Elderflower Vinaigrette

Second Course
Slow Roasted Cartermere Chicken | Grilled Corn | Black Bean Mousse
5 Mile Chocolate & Foie Gras Mole

Third Course
Cocoa Crusted Axis Venison | Dandelion Greens | Fennel Cream | Black Currant and Esmeralda’s Dark Chocolate Jus

Fourth Course – Cheese Course
Local Chèvre & Dark Chocolate Ganache | Apricot

Fifth Course – Desserts
70% Amano Chocolate Bourbon Brulee Tart
Chocolate Shortbread Crust Cocoa Nib Tulie
65% Dandelion Dark Chocolate Ganache Bar
Passion Fruit Curd | Hibiscus Meringue
50% Guittard Flourless Chocolate Cake | Cherry Compote
Pistachio Mousse | Dark Chocolate Mirror Glaze
44% French Broad Malted Milk Mousse Dome | Banana Jam | Banana Cake
5 Mile Chocolate Shortbread Sandwich
5 Mile Ganache | Salted Caramel

Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash

Festival guests who would like to extend the special experiences to a weekend getaway, the hotel is offering the Fairmont Gold experience room package, in honor of its 50th anniversary. The Fairmont Gold experience allows access to the exclusive Gold Lounge on the 18th floor and special privileges such as a healthy continental breakfast, honor bar, complimentary cocktail canapés, and much more.
To learn more visit www.fairmont.com

About The Dallas Chocolate Festival

The Dallas Chocolate Festival began ten years ago when founder Sander Wolf hosted a dinner that featured two bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Since then, the event has grown each year and changed to encompass more people, chocolate makers, and experiences. Partnering with Emily Mantooth in 2014, the Festival has continued to grow and innovate, ensuring the best experience possible for exhibitors, attendees, sponsors, and everyone in between. Today, the Dallas Chocolate Festival is globally renowned and attended by thousands of chocolate lovers over the course of several days. 

About The Fairmont Hotel Dallas

The Festival’s partnership with the Fairmont Hotel Dallas also celebrates the hotel’s 50th anniversary. For a half-century, The Fairmont Hotel Dallas has been the backdrop of countless memories from its grand opening where a parade of elephants led the presentation of the dessert course to its list of prominent hotel guests. The legendary Venetian Room, the “gem” of the hotel, was once Dallas’ best-known cabaret club hosting beloved celebrities from around the world including Marlene Dietrich, Sonny and Cher, Ella Fitzgerald, Ike & Tina Turner, and Jerry Lewis, just to name a few. 


For more information and to purchase tickets,
visit Dallas Chocolate Festival – Eventbrite


Texas-Style Fun at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo

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There is nothing like the Texas-sized fun of an authentic rodeo. The Concierge Connection has a great discount for you for the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. With the Concierge discount, you can save $10 off the regular price of admission at the Box Offic or call 972-285-8777 x2041*.

Special Events at the Rodeo

  • August 3 – Dollar Hot Dog Night
  • August 10 – Teacher’s Appreciation Night – FREE admission for all teachers
  • August 15 – Scout Night
  • August 24 – Clay Walker post rodeo concert

All You Can Eat BBQ Buffet

  • Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Country Sausage
  • Barbeque Beans
  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Fresh Baked Rolls
  • Dessert, Soda or Ice Tea

(Prices Include Tax and Gratuity)

For more information about the special
Concierge Connection discount for the Mesquite Rodeo (PDF)
Save $10 off the regular price of admission at the Box Office
or call 972-285-8777 x2041
*Not Valid at Ticketmaster

Six Flags Over Texas: San Antonio


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Six Flags Fiesta Texas San Antonio. (PRNewsFoto/Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

San Antonio is home to Fiesta Texas, The Thrill Capital of South Texas. This year they introduce The Joker Carnival of Chaos as the perfect complement to their expanding theme park! With a speed of up to 75 miles per hour, this cutting-edge marvel also reaches a stunning 17 stories in the air! This MASSIVE pendulum swings back and forth while rotating counterclockwise, and as it whips back and forth — higher and higher it gives riders a staggering view of the world below them.

What’s New at Fiesta Texas!

Set in the newly announced DC Universe section of the park, it will further compliment the park’s trilogy of Super Heroes, by re- introducing the Joker villain to the mix of branded rides and attractions. 

Fiesta TX Wonder Woman Roller Coaster

Six Flags Fiesta Texas recently introduced a new industry innovation, WONDER WOMAN: Golden Lasso Coaster, the world’s first single rail coaster with a single track design that is only 15 and 1/2 inches wide. 

Their Mardi Gras, Fright Fest and Holiday In the Park events all return in 2019 to amaze and delight, as well as a newly announced year round operating schedule to include weekends and holidays. 

Visit San Antonio and see why Six Flags Fiesta Texas is the prime location for thrills, deep in the heart of Texas!

Contact your concierge for a special link to purchase discounted tickets.