Julie & Julia is coming out soon and New York is filled with blogger events and preview screenings in celebration. Lucky for Brownie and I, we were invited to one such event, Scharffen Berger's Chocolate Luncheon at the French Culinary Institute. Both of us told our respective bosses about the need for a long lunch-we work in Midtown and FCI is in SoHo, a good 20 minute trip for either of us-and prepared to eat some quality chocolate and delicious food.
Feisty Foodie, and both of us were completely off. It was interesting learning more about one of my food groups, and fun guessing which chocolate was what.
Pâté de Faux Gràs a Ma Façon, a recipe created by Susan Asonovic, a 2008 Scharffen Berger Chocolate Adventure Contest winner. I enjoyed the creaminess of the savory pâté, minus the gamey flavor I usually associated with it. For someone who doesn't want to, or can't serve goose liver pâté, I would definitely recommend this as a great replacement.
Gâteau de Crêpe soon enough. I could have watched and listened all afternoon long, but the ticking clock reminded me of a fast approaching meeting.
And we were able to make up for our long lunches by handing our bosses delicious chocolate bars.
Check out the cutest French man around at www.kqed.org/food/jacquespepin.
Learn more about Scharffen Berger, their chocolates, their processes, and order me some Cacao Nibs at www.scharffenberger.com.
Whet your appetite for Julie & Julia at www.julieandjulia.com, out in theatres this coming weekend.