Dessertbuzz | 2012 New York Chocolate Show insider’s guide Part I


2012 New York Chocolate Show insider’s guide Part I

08 Nov 2012, Posted by Niko in New York Chocolate Show, Reviews

Jennifer Yee will be giving a demo on Sunday--Sculpture-like mint chocolate rocks on a bed of pistachio

The New York Chocolate Show is back in town Friday, November 9 through Sunday November 12 at the Metropolitan Pavilion (show information is at the end of this feature).  The show brings together over 50 local and international chocolate vendors under one roof.  My perennial chocolate show tip still applies: take advantage of the advance purchase option and avoid the massive lines.  This will enable you to maximize chocolate consumption time.  More tips and ticket information after the jump.

The long list of fans waiting to speak with Johnny Iuzzini at the 2011 show

To get the most out of your chocolate show experience I recommend attending some of the chefs’ demos.  Because so many great pastry chefs are located in and around New York City–you have the opportunity to see some of the very best pastry chefs in the US, live and up close–if you’re lucky you can even ask them a question.

Here’s our recommended demo sessions for 2012: (scroll down for our vendor booth recommendations)

Friday, November 9th Theater #1

1:00 p.m.

(DessertBuzz “can’t miss” session!)
Katie Rosenhouse, Pastry Consultant, The Perfect Bite: Chocolate Hors D’œuvres Katie told me she is very excited about sharing the recipes for these Hors D’œuvres made with Valrhona chocolate.  Here’s some of the items she’ll be demonstrating: chili palmiers with caraibe & kaleivoire goat cheese tarts with black olive & figchicken satay with jivara peanut sauce mini caramel apples with bacon, pretzels & caraibe

One of Katie's beautiful desserts

Saturday, November 10th Theater #1


Nick Malgieri, Dir of baking programs, ICE Rehrucken: Viennese Chocolate Almond Cake Nick is considered a legend in pastry and baking circles.  Grab this opportunity to see him work and ask him questions.

3:00 p.m.

Richard Capizzi, Executive Pastry Chef, Lincoln Restaurant Tortino Di Cioccolato E Variegato Al Mirtillo: Chocolate Cake, Farro Praline, 72% Ganache, Huckleberry, Fior di Latte Gelato.  Formerly the director of pastry at Bouchon Richard has been presenting at the chocolate show for years and is always a big draw because of his presentation style and skills.

6:00 p.m.

Erik Wolitzky, Pastry Chef, Cakes & Ale, Atlanta, GA Spicy Double Chocolate Pecan Pie Erik, a DessertBuzz favorite and former contestant on Top Chef: Just Desserts and Pasty Chef and Red Hook’s own Baked Bakery.  Don’t miss Erik’s delicious comfort style desserts.  See the DessertBuzz interview with Erik rom last year here and our first interview with Erik here.

Eric Wolitzky's Bundt Cake at the 2010 show

Saturday, November 10, Theater #2

4:30 p.m.

(DessertBuzz “can’t miss” session!)
Fernanda Capobianco and Kacy Ewig, Vegan Divas NYC Vegan and Gluten-Free Chocolate Mousse.  If you think there’s no such thing as a decadent and rich dessert that’s also vegan–I suggest you attend this session it will chnage what you think about dairy and egg free desserts.

decadent vegan dark chocolate cake from Vegan Divas

Sunday, November 11, Theater #1

3:00 p.m.

Zac Young,Pastry Chef, David Burke Kitchen and Contributing Host on Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets, Woodford Reserve Spiked Pumpkin and White Chocolate Creme Brulee.  We just recently had some of Zac’s amazing desserts from David Burke Kitchen.  The former Top Chef: Just Desserts contestant always brings a lot of fun and excitement to his demos.

Farmer Zac's cream egg with creme fraiche pana cotta, passion fruit "yolk", chocolate-fleur de sel shortbread

Sunday, November 11th Theater #2


Stephen Collucci, Pastry Chef, Colicchio and Sons Hot Chocolate Crème Brûlée  Another long-time Dessertbuzz favorite who recently competed in the StarChefs Pastry competition.  Given the weather in NYC these days I think this would be a great demo to attend.

Stephen Colucci's Apple Cider Doughnuts with Calvados ice cream and Horchata shooter


Allison Kave, Butter & Scotch and Rhonda Kave, Roni-Sue’s Chocolates Raise your Spirits: Pairing Cocktails and Chocolate.  Don’t miss NYC’s favorite mother-daughter pastry and chocolate team who will take us through the art of pairing alcohol with chocolate–how could that be bad? Hopefully, they’ll pour us some drinks!

smores pies from Hester street Fair

The S'mores pie from Allison Kave's First Prize Pies


Jen Yee, Chocolate Pies For The Holidays.  Jennifer Yee is currently one of the top pastry chefs working in NYC today.  She was the runner up in the grueling StarChefs international Pastry competition and her desserts were recently featured in Dessertbuzz.  don’t miss the opportunity to see a true future star of the pastry world up close.

Jennifer Yee's insanely mirror-like pink glacage on her bomb cake from her showpiece set

Recommended Vendor Booths:

Gnosis Chocolates: Gnosis run out of Long Island City NY by “Chocolate Girl” Vanessa Barg is a New York based “healthy” chocolate company. Why we recommend them: Because they give us hope that you can eats lots of chocolate and be healthy at the same time–and their bars taste good too.

Gnosis is a New York based "healthy" chocolate company. Their bars taste good too.

Francois Payard: NYC pastry legend Francois Payard just opened up a flagship French-style patisserie on the UES on Thursday, November 8.  With any luck, he’ll bring some pastry to sell or give away at the show.  In 2010 he brought some killer chocolate dipped peanut butter macarons (see photo above).  Tip: if he has any pastry on hand – buy that instead or in addition to, the chocolate – you won’t be sorry.

S'mores macaron on a stick dipped in dark chocolate

Payard chocolates

Jacques Torres: You can’t have the New York Chocolate Show without Mr. Chocolate.  This is a great opportunity to sample his different chocolates so you know what to get when you visit one of his stores in NYC.   DessertBuzz tips: He usually brings a stack of chocolate chip cookies with him and we rank them #1 in New York.  Also, his booth is really good for gifts – score the motherload of points with your spouse/partner by bringing home a bag of chocolate covered corn flakes.  Read the recent DessertBuzz an interview with Jacques Torres here.

Jacques Torres Chocolate chip cookies are some of the best in NYC

Quady Winery: This husband and wife team invented the dessert wine category in the US.  Every year they come all the way from California with cases and cases of their excellent wines.  If you don’t think dessert wine is for you, I highly recommend giving these guys a taste.  DessertBuzz tip: try their best seller Essensia.  How do you find their booth?  Easy, look for the biggest crowd at the show!  See below for video with Andrew Quady.  Note to editor: always shoot video before drinking too much wine!

Also recommended: Ronnie Sue’s Chocolates – famous for their beautiful, hand-decorated chocolates and cool flavor combinations–Beer and pretzel caramels anyone?  Yes, please.

Roni Sue's Chocolate Box

Johnny Iuzzini and Michelle Tampakis will both be presenting at the New York Chocolate Show

Chocolate show hours: Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm,

Ticket prices: Friday & Sunday: $35 per ticket (Advance Purchase) / $40 (At Door), Saturday: $40 per ticket (Advance Purchase) / $50 (At Door), Children (5 years to 12 years):

First 2 children per adult are free.  Additional children: $10 Children (4 years and younger are also free.  Go here to buy tickets.

Go here for our past guides for the show and demo sessions.

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  • Jen Yee

    Wow, what kind words, Niko!! Thank you. Unfortunately, I had to pull out of my demo spot this Sunday. I hope to see around soon, and have fun eating and learning about chocolate this weekend.

  • Niko

    Uh-oh I better update the post–Hmm at least I got to use your rocks photo again! 🙂

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