Monday, April 30, 2012

chocolate madness.

Last Tuesday, NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts hosted their annual Chocolate Madness event at The Cyclorama. I was invited to attend as a judge, which included a catered reception with plated appetizers and bottomless glasses of wine before diving headfirst into plates of chocolate everything. At assigned tables fellow judges and I rated eight entries, based on taste and creativity, before making the rounds to all (or as many as we could!) individual tables. We sampled from the wildly inventive treats to the standard but never disappointing confections from local restaurants, bakeries and chocolatiers who came out to support the cause.
My favorite? Definitely the Grand Cru Granada chocolate mousse with cookie crumbs, caramel, and meringue from Union Bar and Grille. Runner up was a tough call, but I gotta give it to the South End Buttery 's salted caramel chocolate cupcake.  Honorable mentions go out to the Taza chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel and toffee cream from The Fireplace, the peanut butter chocolate fudge brownies courtesy of Butter Girl Baking Co. and the French macaroons with Bergamot chocolate and salted toffee provided by Beacon Hill Bistro. Oh and then there was Foie Gras Cupcakes from Kickass Cupcakes, not for everyone, but definitely for me. As it turns out, you can have too much chocolate. But I wasn't complaining. It was such an honor to judge this event and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

18 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Lovely photos! And how freaking adorable is Robin?

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Lucky lucky you! I love the carrots as decor!

Shannon said...

what an event ;) tough job, judging, i'm sure! love the looks of that salted caramel cupcake, mostly because i can't avoid salted caramel anything!!

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

What a great event! I want all of it!

Hogger and Co. said...

Say WHA?! I need to get to this SE Buttery place. And I'm always up for bread pudding. What a great event, lucky you!

Michelle Collins said...

Great photos, per usual. And so glad to see Doves and Figs was there - love their jams!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

This looks like such a fun event, but I can see how it would be tough to judge!

Amber said...

is that table of condoms amidst the chocolate? I guess those two things go together :)

In and Around Town said...

The event looks like a blast - I could not imagine having to judge all those delicious chocolate dishes!

Megan said...

Everything sounds awesome. So, so sad I had to miss it!

Meghan said...

It was great to see you!

Cathleen said...

What an awesome event! It looks like tasty madness to the extreme, yum!

Cathleen said...

What an awesome event! It looks like tasty madness to the extreme, yum!

MOLLY GALLER said...

Wow! Those cupcakes look incredible!

CoCo Wray said...

Sweet treats galore! Man I wish I were in your shoes that day!

Sacha said...

How fun! That chocolate mousse really does look like a show-stopper.

this free bird said...

They would have had to roll me out of there on a cart. Lucky!

Elizabeth said...

Looks like you and I had similar picks. I LOVED the union mousse and caramel cup, and SE Buttery's cupcakes. Fun seeing you there!