Quite possibly the most divinely delicious and decadent evening of the year in Salt Lake City, Caputo’s Chocolate Festival is happening yet again. For the fourth annual festival, Salt Lake City-based Solstice Chocolate is taking center stage.
Founded on the the cornerstones of environmentalism and responsible sourcing, Solstice Chocolate is Salt Lake City’s first bean-to-bar chocolate company. Owners and operators Scott and DeAnn Querry offer a current lineup that includes a total of five bars—one blend, titled Wasatch, and four single origins.
Their skillful chocolate making produces straightforward bars that scream the origin of the cacao beans loud and clear.
“Some would call their style loud and brash,” says Matt Caputo, CEO of Caputo’s Market & Deli. “But when the notes are as clean and pure as this, I say rock on!”
On Thursday, Nov. 12 for the Chocolate Festival, local restaurateurs and beverage purveyors will craft chocolate-centric preparations with Solstice’s five bars for a culinary evening to benefit the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative.
Cacao Preservation Initiative is non-profit to genetically identify strains of cacao that are extraordinary and unique in flavor and quality and preserve them in the face of an agricultural system that is quickly killing them off.
At this year’s festival, five chefs and local mixologists will use one of Solstice’s five bars to showcase sweet, savory, and boozy applications of the Salt Lake City craft-chocolate maker
The all-star culinary lineup includes Chef Logan Crew of Current Fish & Oyster, Chef Tyler Stokes of Provisions, Pastry Chef Courtney McDowell of Pallet Bistro, Pastry Chef Amber Billingsley of 3 Cups, and Pastry Chef Alicia Pacheco of Rye Diner & Drinks.
The tantalizing evening will begin with an amuse-bouche prepared by Chef Marshall Bryant of Caputo's. Wine will be served by Francis Fecteau of Libation, Inc., beers will be poured by Avenues Proper, craft cocktails will be mixed by Beehive Bitters and Sugar House Distillery, and pour overs provided by La Barba Coffee Roasters.
“The raw energy behind Solstice Chocolate has their vibrant chocolate popping up on the best menus around town,” Caputo says. “The restaurant industry has never shown this level of support for a Utah craft-chocolate company.
Now, you get to find out why.
Ticketing and additional information: The fourth annual Caputo’s Chocolate Festival takes place on Thursday, Nov. 12, beginning at 7:15 PM, at the downtown Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli (314 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City). Admission is $35, plus $15 for optional alcohol beverage pairings. Space is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance; buy tickets here.
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