Last week we baked like crazy for two local charities: the Red Hook Initiative and Shore Soup Project. On Tuesday, the 22nd, we served 450 mini chocolate cupcakes at the 7th Annual Taste of Red Hook, a benefit to empower youth who live in the Red Hook community. And on Wednesday, the 23rd, we plated 400 mini chocolate flourless cakes to support the Shore Soup Project, a fantastic organization which has been serving free meals to the Rockaway community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. On this one-year anniversary of a hurricane which so deeply impacted so many New Yorkers, we are grateful for the opportunity to help our neighbors still in need.
The Chocolate Room Park Slope is moving! We signed a lease on a great space just a block away, but now we need to build. And building, as you can imagine, is very expensive. So we need your support to create our new home in the neighborhood we all love!
To learn how you can help, please visit our KickStarter page. Thank you!
Congratulations to Ray and Marlene! Ray and Marlene had their very first date at TCR. And on Saturday, October 5th, at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s Chile Pepper Festival, they got engaged. Marlene’s favorite cake is our Flourless Chocolate Cake, so Ray decided to spring the question on her with a little help from us. We wish them years of joy and fun—and lots of chocolate! Thanks for including us on your special day!
We had a great time at this year’s Brooklyn Botanic Garden Chile Pepper Festival. It’s always great to be out there with all the other Brooklyn food vendors, raising money for one of Brooklyn’s best sanctuaries! October 5th turned out to be a beautiful summer-like day with temperatures hitting 77 degrees, not exactly ideal weather for hot chocolate. But our concern was misplaced as we quickly sold out of Chile Spiced Hot Chocolate, our first batch of the season, as people kept coming back with sweat pouring down their faces, begging for third and fourth servings! Our Spiced Caramel Chocolate Popcorn was a hit as well, with guests picking off our table even as we cleaned up! Thank you BBG for another great event. See you next year!
We’ll be joining over 30 other savory and sweet vendors at the 21st Annual Chile Pepper Festival on Saturday, October 5, from 11am to 6pm at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. There’ll be hot music, fiery dancing, and lots of treats to sear your tongue. We’ll be serving some of our spicy fall favorites: Chile Spiced Hot Chocolate, Chile Spiced Chocolate Caramel Popcorn, and our Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cayenne Chocolates. Tickets are available here. Drop by and say hello.
The Chocolate Room is joining the Wildlife Conservation Society to help the New York Aquarium recover from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. We’ll be serving our delicious Chocolate Caramel Popcorn at Sip for the Sea, a sustainable wine and food fundraiser for the aquarium, at the Central Park Zoo on Thursday, September 12th. A tantalizing selection of food and wine from New York City’s best restaurants and vendors will be offered—all to help rebuild our aquarium so it can fully reopen in 2016. To learn more and buy tickets, go here.
Our pastry chef extraordinaire, Carmine Arroyo, has created two new flavors of handmade waffle cones: vanilla and chocolate. They are the perfect tasty compliment to our homemade all-natural ice creams. So stop by either of our cafés and treat yourself to a waffle cone of delicious hand-dipped ice cream.
Everything gets better with wine, especially chocolate. The Chocolate Room will be serving its fabulous Single-Origin Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with Framboise Foam at this year’s Brooklyn Uncorked. Join us Wednesday, May 29th in the glitzy Skylight One Hanson for an evening of fine local wines, delicious Brooklyn-original (and a bit of Manhattan) fare, and a large crowd of enthusiastic foodies. Over 25 restaurants, 30 wineries, and a dozen food and drink artisans will be sharing their creations and celebrating 40 years of Long Island winemaking. Tickets are available at Edible Manhattan.
Fine & Raw invited a group of us from The Chocolate Room to tour their new chocolate production facility in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Ryan, our wonderful host, told us all about Fine & Raw’s history, how they operate today, and their mission. We were given a peek at their flavor experimentation lab, where they explore new ways to produce raw chocolate, using beans from all over the world and different heating processes, along with a bit of creative serendipity. They are in the process of developing new chocolate and coffee drinks and even hope to grow cacao in their garden! Fine & Raw’s zeal for pushing the envelope of delicious chocolate invention is truly inspiring.
We highly recommend a visit to their new Bushwick factory. You will be inspired by the warmth and creativity that thrives at Fine & Raw. Besides tasting a sample of their exceptional chocolate, you will get a glimpse at the future of artisanal chocolate.
Thanks, Fine & Raw, for a fun visit!