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The Art Of Chocolate Provides Beautiful Tastes And Sights

Eight local chefs provided tastes of some of their sweetest treats at the 2011 Art of Chocolate event. Check out the recipe for the Perfect Chocolate Martini.

chocolates with white sauce drizzled on top and a red fruit

Photo: Sarah Kaiser/WFIU

The event included everything from bite-sized chocolates to cookies to savory sandwiches to drinks.

Bloomington, Indiana turns into a chocolate lover’s paradise for one night every year at the Art of Chocolate event. This year, eight local chefs brought their sweet treats for visitors to sample. The event also featured a juried art show, highlighting the notion that beautiful food just tastes better.

Sampling The Goods

Eva Hovis and the other chefs from the Scholar’s Inn offered melt-in-your-mouth chocolate peanut butter truffles. Michael Craig of the Indiana Memorial Union presented both sweet and savory options: a dark chocolate and black pepper spice cookie and a grilled brie, Nutella, and basil sandwich.

One of the samples that was going like hotcakes was the vanilla caramel with fluer de sal offered by Tad DeLay of the Limestone Grille. He felt right at home amongst the works of art; he earned a degree in fine arts before attending culinary school and opening his restaurant.

Matt Smith of Truffles Restaurant on the other hand considers himself a crafts person not an artist. While he provided a stunning dark chocolate tiramisu for the event, he says he can be more creative in realm of savory foods. “I feel like there’s a lot more freedom (with savory foods). There’s a lot less pure science than there is in pastry.”

The Perfect Chocolate Martini

The busiest table of the evening was the one manned by the mixologist from the Malibu Grill Janell Lenfert. As she says, “Why eat dessert when you can drink it?” When asked if she considered herself an artist, she joked, “If the product turns out well, then I guess I’d consider myself a pretty good artist!”

The Perfect Chocolate Martini

Yield: Makes two drinks (or four small samples)


  • 2 parts Smirnoff Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 part Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 part Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 part Crème de Cacao

Cooking Directions

  1. Add the liqueurs in martini mixer and shake.
  2. Drizzle the inside of chilled martini glasses with some chocolate syrup.
  3. Pour and enjoy!

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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