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Billed as "a unique chocolate and food and culture immersion experience," the theme of the second edition of this cocoa-fueled conference will address the idea of "The Journey" from February 8th-14th in New York.
"Wow this looks intense," remarked LAS staff writer and illustrator Mike Shea upon reading CINY's elaborate program of events for 2010. "I went to the New York chocolate show last fall," Shea recalls, "and I ate so much chocolate. For like, nine minutes. And then I wanted to hurl." Visitors can rest assured that there will be plenty of sweet stuff on hand at CINY this year: along with the Chocolounge there will be dedicated Dark Chocolate, Milk Chocolate & White Chocolate rooms stocked with all manner of hot chocolates, pralines, truffles, fruity delicacies, books on chocolate and food and art.
|Michel Cluizel's scrumptious fruit creations.|
For one event on the schedule, Michel Cluizel, an artist who "invents chocolates with a history comparable in taste to high class wines" will host a tasting of his creations. Following that will be a presentation by Dave Arnold, director of culinary technology at the French Culinary Institute, and WD~50 pastry chef Alex Stupak, called "Taste Art. Drink With Taste."
Also on the docket are several tastings and discussions on chocolate and drink, like "The Intertwining of Complementary Flavors" which examines the crossing paths of cocoa and tea. For connoisseurs of all things boutique there will be presentations and sampling on "The Art of Artisanal Chocolate Making" and "The Revolution of American Craft Chocolate."
Lovers of food and the senses will want to visit the program "Tasteful Fragrance" proves that "smell is 80% of taste." Along the same lines will be an "Object of Desire" presentation where the notion of artisanal chocolate bleeds into the world of designer art, a "Chemistry of Love" seminar on the divine culinary relationship between cheese and chocolate, as well as "What Would the Gods Say?", and a demonstration with premium and artisanal goods pairing sake (Japan's drink of the gods) and chocolate (Mexico's food of the gods) touted as a "feast for the tastebuds."
|Bees Without Borders founder Andrew Coté in Fiji.|
For the sustainable and environmentally inclined there will be an "Eating Local & Seasonal" discussion hosted by Slow food NYC, a "Sustainable Pleasure for the Palate & The Planet" seminar presented by The Rainforest Alliance, and an examination of Fair Trade practices in cacao & tea production hosted by Market Driven Restoration proponent and tea expert Katie Landry.
In keeping with a program that highlights altruism alongside sweet indulgence, those inclined to support responsible agrarian development at home and abroad will find a discussion on "The Importance of Pollination" presented by Bees Without Borders. The pollination talk will in turn be augmented by "Local Eats, Global Buzz," a three-course tasting of chocolate, olive oil, and local honey. Yet another presentation on the schedule will highlight the immigrant-oriented New Farmer Development Project, an extension of NYC's Council on the Environment aimed at "helping preserve local farmland and rural farm communities, strengthen farmers, markets, and regional food security, while expanding public access to high-quality, locally-grown farm products."
|"Freddie Got Smallpox" by artist Charnan Lewis.|
To coincide with CINY, Migration of Senses is also assembling an "Art on View" exhibition, with work from unknown and celebrated artists alike. Subtitled "Food for Art. Art for Thought.", the exhibition, which is free all week and open to the public, will have conceptual, abstract, edible and non-edible works from CW&T, Jason Krugman, Michelle Mayer, Carolina Vallejo, Charnan Lewis, EMA, Elim Chen and others that centers on "the relationship and characteristics society attributes to chocolate and the way it affects us on a personal level"
Later in the week there will also be "Forbidden Food," a fondue dinner for singles only, and a "Lovers Lounge" to celebrate Valentine's Day. A "Chocolate for Tinies" workshop to teach children about the history of chocolate will keep the little ones occupied while their single parents schmingle.
Presented by Migration of Senses and sponsored by Metromint, Tanteo, Brooklyn Brewery, Distributed Art Publishers, Gestalten and, uhm, Cardinal Real Estate Investments, CINY 2010 is being held at the art building at 511 W. 25th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) in New York. A complete schedule of CINY event programming is available via the event's website, along with a list of participants. Daily event tickets are available on-site and can be purchased in advance online. For updates, check the website or follow via Twitter@Chocolateandi or find CINY on Facebook. SEE ALSO: www.chocolateandi-newyork.com
SEE ALSO: www.migrationofsenses.com
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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