Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Event: The Chocolate and Wine "Experience"

Categories: Events

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Katie Johnson
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."

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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.

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Katie Johnson
Left: Dempsey's Chocolate Tart and Chocolate Dipped Cupcake. Right: b Naked Chocolates
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.

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).

Location Info


Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Heidi's Events & Catering

2095 W. 15th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: General


10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Los Sombreros

2534 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cowboy Ciao Wine Bar & Grill

7133 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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