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

Dining Out For Thanksgiving Dinner at The Capital Grille


Are you making plans for Thanksgiving Dinner? The Capital Grille wants you to have the best Thanksgiving Dinner, so their chef is preparing something special for you. Make your reservation now for a dinner, featuring elegant versions of your Thanksgiving favorites.


The Capital Grille
500 Crescent Court
Suite 135
Dallas, TX
214 303 0500

Morton’s Steakhouse Hosts ESPN Lunch with Sports Legends

Morton’s The Steakhouse hosts the ESPN Lunch with a Legend, featuring Dallas Cowboys Legends, Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson. The event will be held on  Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Morton’s in Uptown Dallas.

Your questions… Their answers… and Ben & Skin of ESPN Dallas 103.3. The series that puts legendary food, drinks and Dallas sports icons into a prime slice of the Good Life.

Lunch with a Legend
featuring Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Doors open at 11am

Luncheon Menu

 Choice of Salad

Caesar Salad, Classic Dressing
Morton’s Salad, Chopped Egg and Anchovies with Morton’s Blue Cheese Dressing

Choice of Entree

Single Cut Filet Mignon, Bearnaise Sauce
Served with Mashed Potatoes

Broiled Salmon Fillet, Beurre Blanc Sauce
Served with Garlic Green Beans

Chicken Christopher, Garlic Beurre Blanc Sauce
Served with Mashed Potatoes


Double Chocolate Mousse

Iced Tea, Soda, Coffee & Tea Service

$85 per person
Inclusive of tax and gratuity
Cash Bar

Morton’s The Steakhouse
2222 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, Texas

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Lise’ Lang at 214-741-2277.

Treat Mom to a Wonderful Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is May 13th. Why not treat Mom to something her smile? Treat mom to a wonderful  brunch! These are just a few of the local restaurants are serving special Mother’s Day Brunches.

Give Mom something to brag about by treating her to a special brunch at The Capital Grille with a special mimosas and our special brunch featuring Executive Chef’s take on classic lobster egg benedicts & more. $46 Adults, $18 Children.

She’ll love the classic brunch dishes such as Lobster Eggs Benedict, a carving station featuring a Roasted Kona-Crusted Tenderloin, and much more. Reserve your table now at www.thecapitalgrille.com.

Mom will receive memorable treatment at Komali Restaurant on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13. Komali serves a menu of Regional and Modern Mexican Cuisine, with  hand-made tortillas, fresh salsas, great seafood and meat dishes.



Celebrate your mom’s big day in style…bring her to eat at NOSH.  Enjoy a 3-course meal carefully crafted meal for only $49. The menu includes: Tempura Fried Asparagus, Kobe Meatballs with béarnaise sauce, Mac and Cheese with apple wood smoked bacon, caramelized onions & cheddar gratinee, Seared Diver Scallops, Fried Chicken & Biscuits with country gravy & Black truffle honey and a Degustation of Sweets ~ apple tarte, chocolate soufflé cake & banana bread pudding.  Call for  Reservations: 214-528-9400

Treat Mom to the ultimate brunch at Charlie Palmer at The Joule in Downtown Dallas.  The special 3-course prix fixe menu includes one glass of house wine, mimosa or bloody mary. $65 per person; 11am-4pm. Charlie Palmer at The Joule offers valet parking. In addition, there is limited street parking available on Main Street as well as several parking garages.