Chocolate Cook-Off at Tavolàta

On Sunday, November 9, ESR pastry chef Dionne Himmelfarb is putting on the ultimate chocolate cook-off at Tavolàta! Twelve pastry chefs will create a chocolate dessert—then the crowd and three guest judges will decide the winners. The cook-off starts at 6pm.

Where: Tavolàta
When: November 9th, 6PM
Why: Chocolate!
Cost: $50 per person

Tickets include hors d'oeuvres, charcuteries, wine, beer, and, of course, the chocolate tasting. French company Valrhona Chocolate will be providing chocolate for each chef to make bite-size desserts for everyone to try.

Valrhona Chocolate is awarding the first place winner with a two-day pastry class at their new Brooklyn outpost of their acclaimed culinary school, L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat! Second prize will be dinner for four at any Ethan Stowell restaurant, and third prize will be dinner for two.

Guest will be given a score card, and at the end of the evening, votes from the crowd and the judges’ opinions will be compiled to decide the three winners: Best Overall (1st), Most Innovative (2nd), and People’s Choice (3rd). The guest judges will be: Mike Easton, chef and owner of Il Corvo and Pizzeria Gabbiano; Julien Perry, food and dining editor at Seattle magazine; and Derek Poirier, of Valrhona.

Participants include Matt Jones of Tallulah, Baruch Ellsworth from Canlis, Matt Woolen from Old Sage, Laura Pyles of Parchment, Karen Krol from Cantinetta, Alissa Frice from Frice Pastry in Portland, Artis Kalson from the Fairmont Hotel, Renee Bostad from Revel, Nica Falcon from Chocolopolis, and Himmelfarb herself.

All of the proceeds from the event will go to Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Tavolàta at 206.838.8008.