Friday, February 22, 2008

Salon du Chocolat Professionnel

Salon du Chocolat Professionnel While everyone upstairs at the Paris Salon du Chocolat was stuffing their faces with chocolate, downstairs at Salon du Chocolat Professionnel we stuffed our faces too.
Salon du Chocolat Professionnel These are NOT giant chocolate macarons seats.Salon du Chocolat Professionnel But rather freebie eats at the Barry Callebaut cafe for the starving professional attendents.Salon du Chocolat Professionnel Spoons is righ!There were plenty of celebrity chefs signing their cookbooks like Stephan Glacier.And other pastry chefs busy judging chocolate sculptures... Did you know that all chocolate cullinary students must create these elaborate concoctions that no one ever gets to eat? It's part of the training. There was also a replay of the final of the World Chocolate Masters, an international competition taking place.French pastry schools were well represented by Pierre Herme's Atelier among others.
Plus a witty display of chocolate "ART"
Salon du Chocolat ProfessionnelChocolate plate and spoon for your chocolate spaghetti anyone?
Salon du Chocolat ProfessionnelTotally chocolate soccer shoes... We all need these right?
REAL ballerinas not chocolate ones, but in dark chocolate patent leather.
Salon du Chocolat Professionnel Another place to rest yourself while still stuffing your face...
Salon du Chocolat Professionnel There were many new products to taste too.
This Pileo cookie fits neatly over you cup of hot espresso while the dark chocolate inner lining melts nicely...
Salon du Chocolat Professionnel French chocolate maker, Weiss had a help-yourself table of all their mini bars. YUM Oh where are my samples now when need them and there's 3-4" of snow outside?
Much professional dipping was going on...
Salon du Chocolat Professionnel You even got to dip your own grape in a variety of chocolates..
Salon du Chocolat Professionnel Plenty of culinary students showed us how to play with chocolate too..
Salon du Chocolat ProfessionnelWhile back upstairs you could buy your own beautiful cacao beans.


  1. Anonymous8:59 AM

    Being a chocolate professional does have it's perks..

  2. Anonymous9:13 AM

    To think, I was going to art school when I could have been studying chocolate in Paris!

  3. Anonymous9:32 AM

    So much fun!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Almost like being there...

  4. Anonymous9:52 AM

    I could almost taste it....

  5. Carol, As one who shares your love of water color, and in particular, wonderful granulated sienna washes, I have a challange for you.
    Artists paint with tea; so how about a whole painting with dilutions of chocolate washes?
    And if the paper is hand made, say, of veggie materials, then you could eat your painting for dessert!

  6. It behooves me to address your concerns M. Terney.
    I do have a recipe for making cocoa paint from pure cocoa..
    But since cocoa does not like water it's a real b---h to make a good slurry of the powder into paint.
    Painting with coffee is way easier.
    Most paper is cotton-based, but could be treated at some stage with horrid pesticides. I'm not going to paint with cocoa nor am I going melt any of my very good chocolate bars and smear them around so I can then eat my artwork.
    It's hard enough to paint a good chocolate using tradional material!
    I will continue to eat my chocolate and avoid eating my paints.
    I cannae nay say more.
    So be it!

  7. Chocolate pasta? Now that sounds yummy! But truly, what girl wouldn't want to walk in Chocolate shoes, when the urge strikes you just take a bite from the sole!

  8. I'm dying!!! How lucky are you to have been there... so jealous!!! I love Stephane Glacier too. And the Weiss chocolates and those macarons, and the Pierre Herme stand... Thank you so much for sharing that with us. Tha's why I love your blog.

  9. Anonymous10:56 AM

    Hi Carol,

    I really enjoy your site.

    Next time you go to Paris Salon du Chocolat Professionnel, take me with you. Yummy


  10. NO problem DIANE!
    You get to carry the chocolates
    You may regrete this offer...ahem

  11. I 've painted with tea. In a bind I have painted with beer instead of was Bermuda, I am not wasting perfectly good water. But painting with chocolate? Cocoa graphite, cocoa conté maybe on handmade paper...hmm...I was going to say no way...but... an idea is forming..uh oh.. I would of course prefer to taste the yummy stuff from yesterday and today. :)
    All best, Jan

  12. Instead of painting I will just dive into that vat of chocolate in one of your photos.. dang. and I want some of those chocolate macarons..Yummm Your killing me.. I am on a diet. I am on a diet. Now I'll click my chocolate shoes three times. LOL

  13. No photo of you sitting on a pastry seat?

  14. Blessings to you
    I love everything you post............
    Chocolate ooooh la la........
    Have as much for me as you can.
    Love Jeanne ^j^

  15. Anonymous3:11 PM

    A Ripple Effect?
    Hello Carol,
    I must share this with you. A couple of weeks
    ago you had a photo
    of a pair of flats with cherries on them in a NYC
    window. Too cute ! I could just make out the brand -
    CL Laundry. The GOOGLE hunt began.
    I found them on line on a Monday evening and I was
    wearing them
    by Wednesday evening !
    I receive beaucoup compliments
    whenever I wear them.
    Thanks for snapping the photo!

    I am a devout Francophile who only makes it to
    Paris every 3 or 4 years. I enjoy your blog

  16. Anonymous3:56 PM

    Oh,man, Carol, you're killing me--these are such fun! Looks like it was a blast. thanks for "taking me along." sue

  17. You always go to the best places. I desperately want that Poof and the Eclair Sofa

  18. Anonymous8:11 PM

    Again this year, I missed our chocolate show (must have been out hunting rabbits - it was before the new year's resolutions)! But I bet it can't touch the French show! Something -no, somethings- for everyone!!!
    I have a recipe for white chocolate ravioli stuffed with chocolate ganache and sauce with something wonderful.....perhaps I should track it down and try making it.

  19. that is something Tokyo SDC didn't have, help yourself samples!

  20. ...sigh...

    I doubt I would be able to attend this show as I'm sure I wouldn't have any self control around this much chocolate! :-D

  21. Anonymous11:29 AM

    HELLO Carol,
    la banquette (bench) en forme "d'eclair au chocolat" !!!! Monstrueux!!!!


  22. Anonymous11:30 AM

    and here's the "thought for the day", from our
    friend Mr. Thiebaud:
    Thiebaud invests his images with a significance normally denied them. "The objects are for me like small landscape buildings, or characters in a play with costumes," He once stated. "They have all these images for me... When the painter creates a microcosm, a little world that he (she!)is able to manipulate and to bring parts of into existence, (he/she) gets much downright pleasure from the experience."
    Now just who does that remind you of, my dear, who just happens to be painting her very own little microcosim...mmmm?
    You and Thiebaud are of a like mind, it seems.

  23. Anonymous11:31 AM

    Hi Carol,

    First of all, I love, love, love your blog. I love chocolate and I love Paris as I think I've mentioned before when I've written to you.

    A question for you. Do you remember a wonderful French pastry shop on Third Avenue between 60th & 61st, called Mondrian? I loved their Mariages Freres teas and their amazing pastries.

    The question is if you remember their award winning pastry chef, Michel Willaume?

    Keep up the great work.
    You're very, very talented and your blog is delightful.

  24. Anonymous11:40 AM

    Hello Carol,
    I must share this with you. A couple of weeks ago you had a photo of a pair of flats with cherries on them in a NYC window. Too cute ! I could just make out the brand -
    CL Laundry. The GOOGLE hunt began.
    I found them on line on a Monday evening and I was wearing them
    by Wednesday evening ! I receive beaucoup compliments whenever I wear them. Thanks for snapping the photo!
    I am a devout Francophile who only makes it to
    Paris every 3 or 4 years. I enjoy your blog

    Warmest regards,

  25. I think you might be able to solve the chocolate-slurry paint problem by dissolving the chocolate in boiling water, then diluting to the concentration you want. Otherwise, no, you can stir all you like, and it will never dissolve nicely.

  26. The religieuse chair is a hoot! Ah the wild and crazy life of Chocolate! And re-the strawberry tartelettes: paint away my friend...paint away! That would be an honor!
    I hope that one day we can do the Salon together!

  27. This ost is really fabulous; your pictures are wonderful and I almost smell chocolate! I used to go to this salon when I lived in Paris. I miss it!

  28. Anonymous7:01 PM

    Dear PIEPLATE - the problem is that cocoa powder does not like water under any conditions boiling or otherwise, so it refuses to dissolve or integrate..

    Oh do come along Tartelette!
    I think I will lead a tour this October of unruly chocolate lovers!

    THANK YOU S.Jersey Boy to even put me in the same sentance with the Maitre Thiebaud.

  29. Anonymous9:42 AM

    Thank you for taking me! This looks like heaven!

    Chocolate Macaroons are really angels in disguise!

  30. well,

    at least now i know
    what i want to be
    in my NEXT life*time...


    a chocolate macaroon taste~tester.

  31. i just found your site via places i have never been. all i can say is...sumptuous!!


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