Thursday, October 25, 2012

This Is Every Girl's Fantasy: The First-Ever 'Chicago Chocolate Week' Is On Its Way!


This year we've indulged in Chicago Restaurant Week, Chicago Craft Beer Week and most recently Chicago Craft Spirits Week, so this next big event makes absolute sense.

When the Chicago Fine Chocolate Festival happens again in November, it's adding a new component: the first-ever Chicago Chocolate Week. That's when a number of high-profile restaurants showcase signature desserts Nov. 11-18, with 10 percent of sales benefiting Share Our Strength.

Here's who is on board thus far:


Flourless Chocolate Banana Cake, with roasted sesame ice cream, caramelized bananas, almond cacao nib tuile ($8)


Warm Chocolate Cocotte with hazelnut gelato, sea salt and olive oil ($8)

Bar Toma

Gelato Tartufi: chocolate gelato bites dipped in dark chocolate ($4)


Cioccolatissimo: soft center chocolate cake, chestnut cream, rum raisin gelato, raisin chestnut confit ($9)

Floriole Bakery and Café

Cranberry Chocolate Spice Tart: cranberry chocolate ganache topped with cranberry gelee in a gingerbread crust ($5.75)

Fritz Pastry

Mocha Macaron made with HalfWit coffee roasters Triforce Espresso blend and dark chocolate ($1.35 each, $10 dozen)

Hash House a Go Go

Snickers Bread Pudding with whipped cream, chocolate and caramel ($7.95)


Pastel de Chocolate: chile-ancho spiced chocolate cake ($9)

N9NE Steakhouse

Chocolate: velvet mousse cake, Godiva chocolate sauce, Fudgsicle sorbet ($9)

Perennial Virant

Chocolate Pecan Upside Down Cake ($8)

Sable Kitchen & Bar

Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake: peanut butter sauce, salted caramel ice cream ($9)

South Water Kitchen

Flourless Chocolate Cake: white chocolate mousse, chocolate Leffe beer reduction, peanut toffee ($8)

Storefront Company

Chocolate: pudding, white cheese cake, marshmallow, ice cream, dehydrated cake, malted crumb, chards ($9)


Pan con Chocolate: toasted brioche, chocolate ganache, texturized Castillo olive oil, malted sea salt ($8)

Terzo Piano

Tainori Chocolate Tart with Primolio ice cream and sea salt ($9)


Valrhona Tainori chocolate cremeux, chocolate brownie cake, Seville orange marmalade ($10)

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