I try to keep up, I really do. But I can have a one track mind sometimes (track=booze), so I didn't find out until last week, when looking through new applicants for liquor licenses, that Fran's Chocolates will commandeer one of the two, coveted retail spaces in the new Four Seasons hotel at First & Union downtown (The PI broke it in February). The liquor license is what caught my eye. The store will sell port that pairs with it's chocolates. (I must admit I went giddy at first, thinking Fran might be opening a chocolate cafe & bar.)
If you would like a preview of the magic that is the dark sea salt caramel and 20 year tawny port, Fran herself will play host alongside Todd Cromwell of Wineworth Importers at a port and chocolate benefit at the Columbia Tower Club. The event is Thursday, May 1st at 6:30pm, and cost is $250/person, with all proceeds going to Safe Crossings Foundation, a grief counseling program for children and families dealing with the terminal illness of a loved one. (Register here.)
The retail outlet will be the third for Fran's, which also has stores in U-Village and Bellevue. The store will be approximately the same size as the other retail outlets. The Four Seasons is slated to open early this fall, hopefully just after tourist season so we can have the it all to ourselves. And if the Four Seasons doesn't include some of Fran's truffles in their turn down service, well I'd cry foul, if I could afford a room at the Four Seasons that is.