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Anyone been to the Chocolate Show?

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jsgjewels Nov 10, 2006 04:03 PM

It's coming up this weekend so I was wondering if it's recommended by anyone who's been in previous years. They seem to have some quality participants from Michel Cluizel to LA Burdick.

http://www.chocolateshow.com/

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    pcwd Nov 10, 2006 05:54 PM

    If you are a big chocolate fan and go with a big appetite, it is worth it - I go around a mealtime and it essentially replaces that meal (not the healthiest option but worth it). There have usually been tons of free samples, so there is no need to pay for them. I have been each of the last 4 years and it has gotten increasingly crowded, which is frustrating. Get tickets online ahead of time, as the last few years the lines just to get in have been 30+ minutes. Be sure to bring water or something else to cleanse your palate a bit, as it does become overwhelming. And prepare to leave with a huge sugar high!

    1. danoots Nov 10, 2006 05:23 PM

      I went as press for free last year, and didn't think it was worth that price. It feels like a trade show, so if trade shows are your idea of fun, then maybe it's worth the $25. But, I couldn't understand how they could justify that price for admission, and then still charge for many of the samples. If admission were free, I might recommend it, but personally, I'd be seriously pissed if I dropped $25 on this.

      1. eatfood Nov 10, 2006 04:41 PM

        Is it worth the $25 admission though?

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          Lucia Nov 10, 2006 04:47 PM

          I don't think that's a high price at all. You get a LOT of chocolate, plus there are wines, liqueurs, teas, and all sorts of other things. 1 piece of chocolate at a lot of the high end shops is over $2, so you definitely get your $$'s worth. It can be really crowded, though.

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          emgoodman Nov 10, 2006 04:29 PM

          I went a few years ago. I had a great time and there was no shortage of samples! The chocolate "fashions" were pretty cool too. They manage the crowds pretty well.

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            Lucia Nov 10, 2006 04:16 PM

            I went last year and had a lot of fun. Plenty of chocolates to taste--maybe not some of the best in NYC, but still a lot of good stuff.

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              jsgjewels Nov 10, 2006 04:27 PM

              Out of curiosity, which chocolates do you think are the best in NYC?

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                Lucia Nov 10, 2006 04:46 PM

                Some of my favorites are Pierre Marcolini, La Maison du Chocolat, Kee's, Teuscher, and Jacques Torres.

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                  jsgjewels Nov 10, 2006 04:52 PM

                  Ooh, I haven't heard of Pierre Marcolini before, thanks for the tip! I do think that Kee's is far better than Teuscher or Jacques Torres, the small batches thing really wins out.

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