I received an incredible invite from Severine Piquet of MPB Agency. It was for a press lunch to inaugurate Chocolate Week New York 2013. It was held at one of my favorite restaurants, Master Chef Claude Godard’s Jeanne & Gaston and had a very special guest; Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd.
What is Chocolate Week?
Chocolate week (February 4-13) was created by MPB Agency (in conjunction with Paris Gourmet/Cacao Noel) in order to put focus on chocolate as a more versatile ingredient. They partnered up with some of New York’s best restaurants to craft menus showcasing this beloved ingredient.
This year, the concept is “Cafe Gourmand”, “Tea Gourmand”, “Bubbly Gourmand”. Participating businesses will offer a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of bubbly with a chocolate inspired mignardise ($10-$15).
They’ve also partnered up with Action Against Hunger (one of my favorite non-profits) since their goal is to bring hunger relief to over 40 different countries throughout the world.
What did I get to enjoy?
Great company, great food, great chocolate. We started off with Chef Godard’s lunch prix fixe. I started with the sweet crab and avocado Napoleon. It was made of the thinnest crispiest sheets layered with succulent crab meat salad and avocado mousse. The dish was decadent, yet light. I felt zero guilt while enjoying this dish.
La piece de la resistance was a gorgeous Chocolate Napoleon. It was accented by pears and a perfect dessert for someone who is looking for a sophisticated sweetness. It was paired with rose bubbly (my favorite kind), Cuvee des Barons Brut. It was a gorgeous pairing and totally worth it for $15. I’ll definitely be going back to enjoy this during Chocolate Week.
We also got to sample plenty of Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd’s chocolates (I’m already a big fan of his creations). I tasted rose d’Anjou, the rose flavor lingered in an incredibly pleasant way. I can definitely see this as a perfect Valentine’s flavor (even though Maya is my favorite, that one is made of dark chocolate with hazelnut and chipotle for smokiness and a kick).
Where Can I Go to Enjoy Chocolate Week (check out the complete list here)?
Ayza West Village - 1 7th Ave – West Village
Cafe Noir - 32 Grand Street – SoHo
Cercle Rouge - 241 West Broadway – Tribeca
Barclay Bar & Grill - 111 East 48th Street – Midtown East
Jeanne & Gaston - 212 West 14th Street – West Village/Meatpacking/Highline
Jules Bistro - 65 St. Mark’s Place – East Village
L’Atelier Du Chocolat: 59 West 22nd Street – Flatiron District
La Bergamote 515 West 52nd Street – Hell’s Kitchen
La Sirene - 558 Broome Street – Hudson Square
La Tarte Flambee - 1750 2nd Avenue – Upper East Side
Le Pain Quotidien - various locations
Le Singe Vert - 160 7th Avenue – Flatiron District
Maison Harlem - 341 St. Nicholas Avenue – Harlem
Opia - 130 East 57th St – Lennox Hill/Midtown East
Serge Bistro - 1099 2nd Ave – Upper East Side
Serge Brasserie - 165 Madison Avenue – Murray Hill
Sofitel Hotel – Gaby Restaurant - 45 W 44th Street – Theater District/Times Square/St. Patricks
Table Verte - 127 East 7th Street – East Village/Alphabet City/LES
Vin et Fleurs - 69 Thompson Street – SoHo