Valrhona: Hot Chocolate Festival

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Last night the hubby and I, along with my dear friend (and talented pastry chef) Kimberly Barrett, attended the Valrhona Hot Chocolate Festival in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

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The event was hosted at L’École Valrhona Du Grand Chocolat located on Water Street in the super trendy Brooklyn neighborhood at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, and just 5 minutes from Manhattan. The facility boasted state of the art equipment, and a very modern, clean, and polished aesthetic. The school offers a place where the public can take basic classes such as Intro to Chocolate and professional chefs can brush up on their Plated Desserts and Chocoart.

The event was full of chefs, media, and chocolate fanatics. There were seven booths set up for each company to showcase their product.

Marie Belle NY had a sweet and salty caramel hot chocolate. It was the first one I tried. It had a really nice flavor, and the kick of salt helped it from being overly sweet.

One of my all time favorite chocolatiers and brands is FIKA. FIKA is a chocolate brand from Sweden with bold flavors and some of the most delicious truffles I have ever had the pleasure to eat. At the showcase, FIKA made a hot chocolate with ancho chile and served a truffle with chile powder and lingonberry. It was beyond delicious and just the right amount of spice and sweetness.

Ladurée was there in full force. Armed with delicate patisserie and a luscious orange scented hot chocolate. Their offering was by far my favorite of the night. Delicate, complex, yet luscious – they transcended me right back to Ladurée in Paris. Je t’aime Ladurèe.

The best part of the event was catching up with my dear friend and talented Chef, Diane Stopford and drinking way too much decadent hot chocolate and sharing laughs with my husband and friend Kim.

To learn more about Valrhona’s new products and initiatives head over to Valrhona-chocolate.com and be sure to check out L’École Valrhona Du Grand Chocolat to be in the know about the latest happenings in the chocolate world.

Cheers

Chef Sean Patrick Gallagher

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Healthy Meals: Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Pinenuts, Currants, and Feta

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Delicious and quick vegetarian lunch or side dish

Delicious and quick vegetarian lunch or side dish

Pan roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, toasted pinenuts, currants, sumac, and feta

1 head Cauliflower, cut into florets

1/4 cup Olive oil

1 Lemon, zested and juiced

1 clove Garlic, thinly sliced

1/8 t Calabrian Chile flakes

2 T Pinenuts, toasted

2 T Currants

1/2 t Sumac

1/4 block Feta, crumbled

  • Heat saute pan on high heat.
  • Add oil and heat until almost smoking.
  • Add cauliflower florets to the pan and brown on one side, turn and brown on other sides.
  • Add garlic, salt and pepper
  • Add chile flakes.
  • Continue to cook until cauliflower starts to soften.
  • Add pinenuts and currants.
  • Add lemon juice and zest.
  • When the cauliflower is tender, add the sumac and feta.
  • Toss to combine.

This makes a great side dish or main dish for lunch. If you omit the feta it is still delicious and makes this vegan. The combination of lemon, garlic, chile, and sumac is delicious. I hope that you try this easy and delicious dish!

Happy Eating

Chef Sean Gallagher

Monday Craving: Lobster Roll

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This summer I spent a week in Provincetown, MA with a couple of my closest friends, Tom and Greg. We stayed in a cabin on the beach that Tom’s family has been staying in for 25 plus years. It was my first time in P-town, and it blew my expectations out of the water. The drive up to Massachusetts was tiring but along the way we stopped at the Cape Cod Chip Factory and Cape Cod Beer. One of the most memorable moments of the trip was as we were pulling into town we stopped at a little place called PJ’s Restaurant for a mouthwatering lobster roll.

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The lobster roll consisted of a split top bun, toasted with butter, covered in large chunks of lobster meat, coated in thick melted butter, a touch of salt, and lemon. It was HEAVEN. I personally do not eat mayonnaise so a lobster roll with butter is the king for me. This decadent roll didn’t last very long, but I am still thinking about months later and that’s my Monday Craving.

We took a tour of the Cape Cod chip factory

We took a tour of the Cape Cod chip factory

This delicious blonde ale was picked up at the Cape Cod Beer factory

This delicious blonde ale was picked up at the Cape Cod Beer factory

Beautiful sunset at the cabins

Beautiful sunset at the cabins

Drinking some white wine on the beach

Drinking some white wine on the beach

Me during a wine tasting at Truro Vineyards

Me during a wine tasting at Truro Vineyards

Walking the jetty in Cape Cod

Walking the jetty in Cape Cod

A quaint jam and jelly shop on the way out of town. I bought jams for to bring home to my family

A quaint jam and jelly shop on the way out of town. I bought jams for to bring home to my family

A shot from the sunset cruise we went on. It was the most beautiful

A shot from the sunset cruise we went on. It was the most beautiful

Gorgeous sunset

Gorgeous sunset

Happy Eating

Chef Sean Gallagher