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A night of savory and sweet at William Dean Chocolates

Food, wine, sweets, and the chance to be social? Count me in.

Last week, William Dean Chocolates hosted an evening event filled with those exact components. To say it was a taste treat would be an understatement.

William Dean goat cheese puffs

If you recall my previous post about the French Tarts class I attended a few weeks ago, you will know that William Dean knows how to make an impressive presentation. Guests at this evening event were met with tables overflowing with both savory and sweet treats to enjoy.

William Dean Chocolates event foodFrom crisps topped with bacon and sprouts, to ceviche shooters, to stuffed dates…

William Dean Chocolates event food

To a watermelon and feta salad, sundried tomato elephant ears, and “cream puffs” stuffed with herbed goat cheese. I probably could have made my dinner off the puffs alone; they were sensational.

William Dean Chocolates event

William Dean Chocolates event food ahi and vegetables

Each item was prepared and presented with care. There was even a live cooking station where coffee rubbed Ahi tuna was being served along with a pretty plate of roasted vegetables.

William Dean Sauvignon Blanc

William Dean Chocolates molecular gastronomy

William Dean Chocolates event

As guests sipped on thoughtfully selected wines and beer, they were also treated to a molecular gastronomy presentation. Being able to see the techniques behind the sometimes unusual creations was certainly of interest, and the event attendees looked on, snapped photos and video, and even took notes so they could recreate the methods at home!

William Dean Chocolates event food dessertsBut let’s not forget about the sweets! From the classic and beautiful William Dean Chocolates, to square cups filled with mousse, to miniature French Tarts, there was plenty to pick from to satisfy the sweet tooth. I’m still a huge fan of the salted caramel tarts topped with chocolate ganache; you can never go wrong with ganache!

William Dean Chocolates food display

And of course, a few stunning centerpieces of (what else?) chocolate were proudly propped at the center of the food. It was the perfect touch to the presentation.

All in all, the event was a wonderful mixture of savory and sweet. The foodie in me was absolutely satisfied, and I’m eager to find out what William Dean has in store next!

Which food item would you prefer to taste from the event – savory or sweet?

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