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Valrhona Pastry Chef Alex Espiritu's superb desserts

The New York Chocolate Show is back in town again this Thursday through Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavillion.  The shows brings together over 65 local and international chocolate vendors under one roof.  Tickets are $28.00 if purchased in advance and $30 at the door.  Here’s a tip: take advantage of the advance purchase option and avoid the massive lines.  This will enable you to maximize chocolate consumption time.

The Valrhona chocolate macaron

Dessertbuzz “don’t miss”recommendations and inside tips:

Valrhona: Johnny Iuzzini, executive pastry chef at Jean-Georges, doesn’t call Valrhona “the gold standard” for nothing. Whether you’re a professional pastry chef in training or just interested in learning about the best chocolate be sure to speak to the experts at the Valrhona booth.  Tell them what you like or what you plan to use the chocolate for and they will give you all the information you need to create an epic chocolate creation.  They usually only bring a fraction of their range which is still more than half a dozen different kinds of chocolate products.

The New York Times and Johnny I say Valrhona is the standard.

Francois Payard: This will be the first chocolate show for Payard since opening his new expanded chocolate making facilities on Houston St.  Hopefully, he’ll bring some s’mores macarons with him in addition to his excellent chocolate.  Tip: if he has any pastry on hand – buy one, 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 (although I think he did skip it one year).  This is a great opportunity to sample his different chocolates so you know what to get when you visit one of his 4 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.

The Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie

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.  What? You don’t think dessert wine is for you?  That’s what I used to say until they made some pairing recommendations for me.  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: always take video before drinking too much wine!

Also recommended: Mary Chocolate of Japan – famous for their beautiful, hand-decorated chocolates.

Mary Chocolate Hand decorated Chocolates from Japan

For more information about the The New York Chocolate Show go here.  The show runs Nov 11-14 at the Metropolitan Pavillion.  Tickets are $28.00 if you purchase in advance and $30 at the door.

3 Responses to “2010 New York Chocolate Show: Don’t miss Valrhona, Payard, Torres and Quady”

Payard was featured in the Chocolate Show a few times some years ago. They were rather mingy with their samples.

Singh, thanks for the head’s up I do recall my first year he was there. I just changed the story!

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