Ahhh, my favorite time of year, Chocolate Fest! Wall to wall chocolate for the novice and connoisseur alike. Demos, discussions, and sampling. Lots and lots of sampling! Pro tip: bring water and salty snacks, and make sure to come see me!
Tickets & info: https://www.nwchocolate.com/
Why is there so much coffee, chocolate, and pastry in Seattle? Because we all need a pick-me-up during those bleak gray winters! For those of us who tend towards blue no matter the sky color, NAMI Seattle is there to help people affected by depression and mental illness.
The Depressed Cake Shop is a fundraising bake sale featuring bleak-and-gray on the outside yet colorful-and-delicious on the inside pastries and sweets. Arrive early, they've sold out quickly the past 2 years!
Celebrate Seattle Made week at this 3rd annual tasting party featuring local chefs, caterers, bakers, brewers, and of course chocolatiers. Sip & sample local flavors and support Seattle Made, who in turn supports local makers of all variety of crafts.
Tickets & info at http://www.seattlemade.org/events/seattle-made-week-2017-taste-seattle-made-party/
Grandma always told me I should go to the Flower & Garden show, and Grandma was always right! Though she meant to use my degree in Landscape Architecture, not to sell chocolate. Oh, well!
This year the show will include a tasting corner and I'll be there. Come by for tastes and a box of truffles to inspire you as you enjoy the show.
Ahh, the Pike Pub, scene of many things left unsaid back in the 90's ... But I'm happy to join again in ChocoFest to benefit Puget Soundkeepers. Chocolate, beer, more chocolate, food, wine, beer, chocolate, beer- you get the idea. Advance tickets on their website.
To start off the year spreading chocolate joy, I'll be heading over to Bainbridge Island for a trunk show with Grounds for Change and samples of their coffee and my chocolate.
While I'm not entirely sure what awards they're talking about, I do try to use my powers for good and donate a portion of every sale to Food Lifeline.
It's the big one! The northwest Chocolate Festival returns to Bell Harbor Conference Center on October 3 & 4. Chocolate and chocolatiers from around the world with all the samples you can handle, seminars, demos, and more. So! Much! Chocolate!
Due to construction in South Lake Union, TASM will close a few weeks earlier than originally planned, with Saturday September 12 being the final day. Thanks to everyone who came out to support this new market, I hope to see you there again next year! In the meantime, stop by Kakao Chocolate and Coffee at 415 Westlake for your chocolate treats while in that neighborhood.
Raise your hand if you love West Seattle! My grandparents bought a house here 75 years ago that I've been lucky to live in for the past 5 years. Their legacy is a large part of what has made Dolcetta Artisan Sweets possible. In fact, the rosemary in my rosemary caramel bars comes from the bush in the front yard that has been here longer than I remember! It will be fun to be at a festival in my very own neighborhood - and I won't have to worry about forgetting anything when I can walk home to get it :)