In a time plagued by sugar-free diets and the rejection of any food rich or processed, chocolate has become the enemy of many otherwise sensible people. Chocolate's bad rep is unfair—after all, not all chocolate is created equal. That sumptuous dark chocolate confection shouldn't be reviled like its 99 cent liquor store candy bar companion—not only does the luxurious dark chocolate taste incredible, but it contains antioxidants, it widens arteries for healthier blood flow, and reduces the risk of heart disease. If you ever needed a reason to add chocolate to your daily diet, there it is.
The next step is finding the best chocolate for you, and that's where Sacramento Chocolate Salon steps in. On Jan. 25, more than 20 different chocolatiers, confectioners, wineries and other food industry hot shots will be coming together at the Citizen Hotel to put on Sacramento's first luxury chocolate show. The list of guests includes Amano Artisan Chocolate, Oscura Chocolate, 24K Chocolate Cafe at Ancient Future, Raffine Chocolates, Rosa d'Oro Vineyards and more. Chocolate insiders and addicts alike will have the chance to sample chocolates from the various vendors, try out wine pairings, attend chef and author talks, demos, and interviews, and buy gifts for chocolate-loving friends. This salon is a rare chance to test out some of the finest gourmet chocolates in the region. For more information on this event, see here.
What: Sacramento Chocolate Salon
When: Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 a.m–5 p.m.
Where: The Citizen Hotel, 926 J St., Sacramento
Cost: $10–$25 (children under 6 free)