Yes, you will find a small city of chocolate in this retail shop at the top of Queen Anne, with the confections organized by region of origin.
A slew of chocolate-addled events take place this week (Tuesday, July 15, through Sunday, July 20) -- from tastings to primers on the globe-spanning varieties of chocolate. Led by store owner and resident chocolate expert Lauren Alder, these talks will unwrap some of the mystery behind the many flavors of chocolate on the market. Have you tasted an especially smoky chocolate bar recently? Adler will tell you where it was from, and why it might have tasted a little too much like a bonfire.
Does a chocolate bar a week sound like a good ration? That's your prize (for a year) if you find a Willy Wonka-inspired golden ticket in a purchased chocolate bar (there are three of them) during this week's events.
A few candies behind the counter were just too pretty to eat. Some of these handmade confections are made in house, with others sourced from both local and international candy makers. With more in-house confections on the way, the shop currently offers a delicately spiced hot chocolate, a lovely blend of guajillo, cayenne, and ancho chiles. Maybe it'll be available iced, too?
Chocolate makers themselves will also visit this week, offering guided tastings of their goods:
James Clark visits from Claudio Corallo, an African chocolate maker and coffee grower.
Tuesday, July 15, 5-7 p.m.
A nationally recognized local favorite, Theo Chocolate talks about terroir.
Sunday, July 20, 2-4 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, look for the schedule here (download required).