Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Event: The Chocolate and Wine "Experience"
It was a fairly sizable turnout at Talking Stick Resort last night for the Chocolate and Wine Experience, the decadent Day 2 of the week-long Scottsdale Culinary Festival.
True to title, the event offered all forms of chocolate indulgence and bottled vino, but left plenty of room for interpretation on the overall "experience."
For those in search of simple confection, their needs were met with classics such as assorted chocolate truffles from Chocolates by M Josephs including mint, orange, wild cherry, espresso, and merlot; as well as a chocolate fountain with skewered strawberries, cake balls, and cookies from Heidi's Events and Catering.
And for the more health conscious patrons, b Naked Chocolates offered a selection of wholesome, all-natural treats. However, we chose The Naked Brunette truffle and found it in serious need of some conditioner. The chocolate truffle, sinless as it may have been, could not be saved from the dry texture found too often in "healthy" desserts.
Katie Johnson Left: Dempsey's Chocolate Tart and Chocolate Dipped Cupcake. Right: b Naked Chocolates
For festival patrons craving something more elaborate than truffles, Tracy Dempsey's Originals greeted them with a chocolate meringue tart and a Hostess-inspired chocolate dipped cupcake, both accompanied by a passion fruit crema. The petite pastries were a popular pick among the crowd and served as a nice introduction to the other tables at the event (maybe even too nice as it set the bar a little too high for some of the other festival participants).