Is more chocolate! Because thanks to all of you who voted and the esteemed chocolate experts who judged the top ten entries, I’ve won Culinate‘s Death by Chocolate blogging contest, hence a weekend trip for two to Napa to attend Copia Center‘s chocolate festival and a private tour of Charles Chocolates‘ factory. What?! I’m still getting used to this hallucination. I hope I didn’t pull a Hillary on you guys by doing the blogging equivalent of crying on camera to get your votes! But it is personal. This contest is very personal to me.
I can’t thank everyone who participated in Culinate’s great contest — and especially those who voted for me — enough. What a lot of fun for no good reason other than to celebrate chocolate. Secondly, I am much obliged to a few people who know a thing or two about this type of celebration themselves, the judges: Veteran cookbook authors and dessert experts David Lebovitz and Dorie Greenspan, the Food Blogger to all food bloggers, Deb of Smitten Kitchen, founder of artisanal Charles Chocolates (which I can’t wait to try/swim in like Augustus Gloop), Chuck Siegel, and the warm staff at Culinate and Copia. Special thanks also to my friend Sean for letting me borrow his trifle bowl. It really made the shot.
I expect my next chocolate recipe will be a much more joyous one. For lack of a sweetie, I’m taking along my moms for this trip. That’s right — two nights in the valley. Hundreds of chocolates to taste. Thousands of wines in the area. Two hungry East Coast Asian women. More on that to come.
Just a little update on dark chocolate puddings: Culinate is now featuring an even easier recipe than the one I wrote in “Pain with Chocolate” — only unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, sugar, vanilla and cornstarch. Nothing painful about that.