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


Dallas Children’s Theater presents Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly

© 2011 Doreen Cronin and Harry Bliss. By special arrangement with Pippin Properties, Inc. and Gurman Agency LLC.

The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp through a bug’s world commands center stage in this hip-hoppin’ musical that promotes eco-consciousness, earth science, and tolerance of others. The popular characters from the bestselling books are not so unusual: Worm eats his homework and has no legs. Fly has 327 siblings and wants to be a superhero. And Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt.

When Fly’s Aunt Rita needs help getting out of a tight spot, the squad must combine their talents and work as a team on the rescue mission of a lifetime. While there’s no pop quiz, you might just learn that a bug’s life isn’t that different from your own.

Get to know all the critters in the class!

Worm, Spider, and Fly have been studying their environment all year long… and now they are ready to share the facts they have learned with you and your family.

Before each performance for a critter-themed craft that will have you bugging out big time. As is tradition, photo ops abound and actors will sign autographs at all performances. And, exclusively after the show on opening night, all are welcome to cool off with a snow cone from Big D Kona Ice.

Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly
Dallas Children’s Theater
June 14 – July 7, 2019 – Ages 3 and up

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

For information and tickets, visit Dallas Children’s Theater

Houston Ballet’s The Merry Widow

The Merry Widow Houston Ballet

The Merry Widow, based on the 1905 operetta by Franz Lehár returns to Houston Ballet with witty and intriguing characters and choreography by the esteemed British choreographer Ronald Hynd.  The lavish ballet is filled with rich music and sweeping drama as lives intertwine in early 20th century Europe.

When a secret romance is uncovered between Count Danilo and the glamorous, wealthy widow Hanna Glawari (a former peasant girl who’s transformed herself into high society), their homeland and its aristocracy plot to preserve their love affair while also saving themselves and the principality of Pontevedro from bankruptcy. With gorgeous costume and scenic designs by the acclaimed Roberta Guidi di Bagno, The Merry Widow is sure to enthrall audiences with its humor and grandeur.

The Merry Widow Ballet

Concierge Connection Discount Offer

Concierge Connection has a special discount for The Merry Widow Ballet.

Save 25% on tickets for the May 31st, 2019 7:30 pm performance.
Use Promo Code 4184
or
Save 50% on tickets for the June 7th, 2019 7:30 pm performance.
Use Promo Code 4204

*Offer Excludes Founders Box, Orchestra Premium and Balcony 2

More information about the Concierge Connection discount offer.