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Recommend great chocolate class /or/ event /or/ eatery in NYC?

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Hi All,
Can you please recommend some chocolatey fun things to do in NYC?

I would love to take a chocolate class, or be part of some fun chocolate function, or even go to a great restaurant that serves up some great chocolate buffet or other great chocolate desserts....I figure now that it's the Fall/Winter season some new things may have popped up.

Here's what I'm already aware of or done---

Max Brenner--been there a few times, more of a gimmick, the chocolate is not that good unfortunately.

Chocolate show--way overpriced for what you get, so I'm told.

Took a class at New School with Scharffenberger (sp?). More educational than tasty, and Scharffenberger was surprisingly mean and testy to some people in the class. People around me were quite surprised by the attitude displayed.

Jacques Torrez--good choc. chip cookies and hot chocolate

Mariebelle--great hot chocolate

Eleven Madison Park--Superb Chocolate Souffle

Would love to learn your insight on the chocolatey world of NYC! Thank you Chowhounders for sharing. Looking forward to hearing back from you!

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  1. I took the Chocolate Galore class at the Institute of Culinary Education on 23rd Street, and it was great. We made cake, brownies, hot chocolate, pudding, truffles, hot fudge sauce... And they serve dinner for the class as well, wine too, which was a welcome break from the sugar overload (but then we were all willing to go back for more treats). And we got to take home leftovers of all the goodies.

    1. Classes at ICE are great! I've also taken a pastry class there which, while not completely dedicated to chocolate, did includes lots of goodies made with chocolate. Yum!

      http://www.iceculinary.com

      Take a walk around Chelsea Market and sample a variety of chocolate offerings. Fat Witch has sensational chocolate brownies, Amy's Bread has excellent baked goods of the chocolate persuasion, and there are a couple of places serving gelato, including L'Arte del Gelato at the front of Bowery Kitchen Supply, that are bound to have some delicious chocolate selections.

      http://www.chelseamarket.com/

      1. Thanks for taking the time to share with me. How about tasting classes? Any good ones that you've been too? Anyone else like to share their chocolatey insight?

        1. In the Village, Vosges offers a tasting
          Christopher Norman Chocolates offers evening events, visit his website.

          We've been to the Chocolate Show twice and thought it was worth every delicious penny. Give it a try this weekend, or next year!

          1. Have you been to La Maison du Chocolat? I know they host 2-hour classes, specially before the holidays. Here is their address:
            1018 Madison avenue, New York, NY 10021
            Phone +00 1 (212) 744 7117
            Fax +00 1 (212) 744 7141

            1. Hi,
              Thanks for the feedback. I am considering Maison du Chocolat. Have any of you Chowhounds been to a class there?

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              1. re: SmeagolDobby

                I went to their "Andalouise" (pastry) class a few years ago and I think it was worth it (I paid about $55). It took place in their Madison Avenue store and they greeted you with a sampling of their bonbons and hot chocolate (very rich and delicious) and they set out some of their miniature tarts and slices of cakes. Also one of their pastry chefs explained the process of creating their ganache. It was wonderful and I enjoyed it.

              2. Michel Cluizel in ABC Carpet & Home has a guided chocolate tasting. Also, they have nice cocktails and you can also nibble on their chocolates and chocolate-based desserts in their cafe.

                1. Every month, the NY Metro Discover Chocolate Meetup group has tastings. I went to a couple; all nice people and it's very informative. There's a chocolate making seminar the first Sat. of Dec. http://chocolate.meetup.com/44/

                  I was in the Scharffenberger class as well and felt the same way!