Pike Brewing’s Second Annual Chocofest!

February 10, 2010

Tomorrow, February 11, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the good folks at the Pike Brewing Company will ask the age-old question, “What beverages go best with everyone’s favorite food: chocolate?”

And for the second year in a row, Pike will pair the best beers, wines, spirits, and mead with an assortment of chocolate that would make Willie Wonka jealous.

According to the company’s press release:

“Pike’s Chocofest, billed as ‘foreplay before the big day’ is a romantic and educational way to discover the wide variety of chocolate treats from here and around the world. Stations set up throughout the Micro Brewery Museum and Naughty Nelly Room feature different chocolate treats, each presented by an expert (usually the chocolate makers themselves). Adjacent to each chocolate table is a drink table staffed with experts to sample and explain their beverages.

“This year more than two dozen different chocolates will be sampled along with more than 20 different beers, wines, mead and spirits.”

Cost is $25 per person, and the tasting will be held in The Pike Pub’s Microbrewery Museum Room. R.S.V.P. to Michael St. Clair at mstclair@pikebrewing.com or (206) 812-6613.

Among the producers in attendance:

Badger Mountain Vineyards and Powers Winery – Seri Sedlacek will pour Badger Mountain Port and Powers Malbec
Carter’s Chocolates – Matt Carter of Port Orchard, WA will present his boutique truffles made with 3 different Pike beers.
Chocolate Box – This neighborhood retailer, located just steps from the Pike Place Market, specializes in Northwest chocolatiers and will showcase Lesley’s French-style artisan chocolates by sampling her “seafoam”, and salted caramels.
Chukar Cherries – Jamen Tyler will bring a dynamite Chukar Cherries – Pike Brewery tasting combo.
Classical Wines – Ole Thompson and Marshall Jorgensen will pour: Bodegas Toro Montilla-Moralles Albalá, Montilla-Moriles (Amontillado Viejisimo – Dry 30 yr. old), Don PX 2004/2005 (unoaked, very rich) and Don PX Gran Reserva 1982 (Great Vintage!) From Bodegas Gutiérrez de la Vega, Alicante: Casta Diva Cosecha Miel 2007 (Sweet Muscat) and Casta Diva Recóndita Armonía 2005 (Sweet Monastrell)
Clear Creek Distillery – Lynn Bauer will represent this producer of Eaux de vie, Grappas, and Pot-Distilled Wine Brandy made with the finest fruit from Oregon orchards using traditional European brandy-making techniques; and McCarthy’s Oregon Single Malt Whiskey made in the Islay tradition of Scotch whisky.
Click Wholesale – Local distributor of fine beer, including Pike, and wines; will present Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence from Cooperstown, NY and Ficklin Chocolate Port.
Claudio Corallo – A “single origin” chocolate company with a compelling story of “plantation to bar” chocolate from São Tomé e Príncipe, the smallest and least well known country in Africa. The North American importer is located here in Seattle.
Confectional – boutique bakery in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, offering exquisite, sinfully dense, baked cheesecakes and cheesecake truffles
Fran’s Chocolates – President Obama’s favorite salted chocolate caramels presented by Fran Bigelow
Gelatiamo Gelateria – Maria Coassin and Skyler Locatelli are brainstorming to outdo themselves with another blockbuster Pike and Gelatiamo creation; a tough act to follow on the heels of last years Pike XXXXX Gelato, now permanently on the dessert menu at Pike.
Leonidas Chocolate – from Wallingford’s Bottleworks creamy chocolates from Brussels
Merchant du Vin Corporation – Jhon Gilroy of MdV will present Browerij Lindemans of Belgium and Samuel Smith Organic Fruit Beers
Mount Baker Vineyards – Randy Finley, owner, will pour his favorite wine pairing with chocolate.
Noble Wines – Naomi Smith will pour Scharffenberger Brut and Helix Cabernet
Oh! Chocolate – Stout Truffles made with Pike XXXXX Stout
Pacific Distillery LLC – Marc Bernhard will present his local, Woodinville made Absinthe
Pike Brewing Company – Pike’s menu features local, sustainable foods paired with Pike beers. Desserts include a Chocolate and Ale Pairing with Carter’s Pike infused Kilt Lifter, Tandem, and Stout truffles; and Gelatiamo XXXXX Stout Gelato Floats. A surprise beer or two will be paired with chocolates for Chocofest.
Ritrovo Italian Regional Foods – U.S importer of extraordinary Italian Bru-Co Chocolates.
Sky River Brewing – Denise Ingalls presents Sky River Mead from Sultan, WA
Taste Restaurant – Pastry Chef Lucy Damkoehler’s amazing Pike beer infused cupcakes
Theo Chocolates – In Fremont, America’s first genuine Bean-to-bar Organic chocolate factory making chocolates that compete with the finest of Italy, Belgium and France.
Trevani Truffles – Anne Boyington’s will bring her creative, locally produced Truffles that she sells only at farmer’s markets using many items from local farmers.