Dallas Chocolate Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Story of Chocolate

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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


The Stoneleigh’s Ode to a Garden Party

Pink Party

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Raise a glass to the Pink Party, The Stoneleigh Hotel’s ode to an outdoor garden soiree where guests can paint and sip, play and rosé all day. Dress in your garden party best – pink preferred, of course! – for little luxuries and social pampering.

Starring rosé and frosé wines and signature cocktails, the premiere installment of the Pink Party will feature a Paint and Sip station, Kate Weiser Chocolates pop-up, delicious bites from Executive Chef Wade Burch of Perle on Maple, and a live DJ, among other surprises.

The Pink Party will be held on Saturday, March 30, 11 AM to 4 PM, in the courtyard of The Stoneleigh (2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201).

Tickets are $75 for 21+ and can be purchased on
Eventbrite: https://stoneleighpinkparty.eventbrite.com.

Stay and play all day and all night with the Pink Party Room Package including access for two to the Pink Party on March 30, one-night stay, and an enchanting breakfast for two at Perle on Maple. Use promo code “PINK” when reserving. Reservations and pricing are available online at www.lemeridiendallasstoneleigh.com and by calling (214) 871- 7111.

About Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh, is a historic luxury boutique hotel offering 176 guest rooms (including 73 suites), nine meeting spaces, restaurant and bar, outdoor pool, numerous amenities, and impeccable service.

Located in the vibrant Uptown neighborhood of Dallas (2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201), The Stoneleigh is just minutes from the Arts District, downtown Dallas, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, and Dallas Love Field Airport. 
For more information, visit www.lemeridiendallasstoneleigh.com.


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