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Jan 24 2011
If your house is anything like mine, I make my own V-day plans. And it usually involves chocolate in one way or another. I’ve found some new ways to celebrate this year. Best of all, if I plan wisely, my fun can be spread out throughout all of February. Check these out:
Dreadnought Wines and McCormick and Schmick‘s are partnering for a Valentine’s Wine Dinner called Savor Your Sweetheart. It’s being held at M and S’s downtown Pittsburgh outpost on February 10th at 6 PM. The menu includes courses using smoked lobster, oysters, scallops and other goodies. And it concludes with a dessert of white chocolate mousse. Each course is paired with the perfect wine, selected by the delightful Mike and Deb at Dreadnought Seating is limited, so contact the restaurant at 412.201.1156 or email@example.com to reserve your space. Cost is $70 per person (plus tax and gratuity.)
Another idea is to drive south of the Burgh to the Christian Klay Winery for a Chocolate and Wine Lovers Delight on Saturday, February 12 from 1 until 3 PM. It’s $15 per person and reservations are a must! Call 724.439.3424 to reserve your space. This sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
A little way out from Pittsburgh, but an easy drive, is Pennsylvania’s chocolate heaven, Hershey. As you can imagine, there’s a lot going on there in February. The website, www.chocolatecoveredfebruary.com, has all the details. For just a peep into the festivities, read on. The fancy Circular Dining Room at The Hotel Hershey is hosting a Chocolate Dinner Extraordinaire with a menu that includes Dark Chocolate Braised Beef Short Ribs and Ancho Pepper Cocoa Dusted Grilled Striped Bass. Or you can Create Your Own Candy Bar, attend a Wine and Chocolate Pairing or sit in a Whipped Cocoa Bath at their spa. Oh boy. Sign me up.
My third idea is if you want to venture even further east towards Lancaster. The Chocolate and Wine Tour of Lancaster County sounds amazing. Five B and B’s are participating in this tour, which includes a chocolate dessert buffet and a four course chocolate focused dinner, as well as a tour of local chocolatiers. I already have some favorites out that way. . . Wilbur Chocolates in Lititz and Haute Chocolate Cafe in Manheim Township as well as Wertz Candies at the Brickerville House Shops, but I am always up for something new. (I’m signed up for this tour, so if you go, make sure you look for me and say hello!)
Don’t let Valentine’s Day come and go without a little sweet treat for yourself.
Apr 22 2010
There’s a lot to do in Chocolate Land. Hershey Park, Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey Gardens. I wonder how many folks are so pooped out from roller coasters and roses that they end up missing a real gem, The Hershey Story. Located near the rest of the cocoa craziness (craziness is not a bad thing) right there on Chocolate Avenue, The Hershey Story building houses lots of intriquing memorabilia from Mr. Hershey, a Chocolate Lab, an upscale cafe, a Chocolate Tasting and a pretty sweet (ha ha) gift shop. Impressive.
Even though it was only 10 am, I was already up for a chocolate tasting. Six shot-size glasses were filled with thick,creamy mixtures of warm chocolate from different countries. A helpful placemat described each type of chocolate. Like a wine tasting, I was to look for flavor nuances . . fruity, nutty, oaky. Except this was chocolate. Even better.
The Chocolate Tasting isn’t a group activity so you just order it at the Cafe and then take your time savoring every last drop. Just when I had emptied my little cups of melted heaven, it was time for class in the Chocolate Lab, a spiffy, white room designed to look a like a food science laboratory.
After some background on the history of chocolate and a little cocoa trivia , we were instructed on how to make a chocolate tulip that can be filled with mouse, fruit or ice cream.
After a quick stop at the Outlets at Hershey, it was time for a break. And for me there’s no better place to relax and get a feel for the Hershey countryside than at The Inn at Westwynd Farm. I’ve stayed here three or four times now, and every time I wish I could hang around just a few days longer. Cookies, brownies and cakes greet you, the rooms are delightful and the breakfasts, delicious.
After checking in, I sat in a rocking chair on one of the many porches and watched the horses go for a spring gallop as I thought out a strategy on how to avoid the big bowl of Hershey’s candies that host Carolyn Troxell puts in every room. Needless to say, the best laid plans . . . .
A food adventure might be sleuthing out the juiciest June strawberries at a farm market, learning about gone but not forgotten area food treasures, working with a chef during a hands on cooking class or touring Pennsylvania’s artisan cheesemaker’s farms (and meeting a few cows along the way) . . or any of a zillion other fun ways to explore foodie things within a day's drive of Pittsburgh.