Rococo-Potentino Chocolate Pop Up, London

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Two dates not to miss if you are a lover of good food, good wines and exquisite chocolate. April 28 and 2nd May:  a chocolate and wine tasting dinner/lunch pairing the wines of Castello di Potentino with fine chocolate from Rococo.

The menu, created by Chantal Coady OBE of Rococo and Charlotte Horton of Potentino, perfectly pairs authentic Italian flavours made with local Tuscan produce with award-winning Rococo chocolates hand made in London.  Each course is also matched with wine from Potentino.

Dolce –Salato Spring Menu

Burrata, Sprue, Beet, Tahini & Cocoa with Potentino Olive Oil & Chocolate Balsamic Glaze

Caponnata of Aubergine, Pine Nuts, Raisins & Chocolate

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Quail with Wild Fennel Pollen

Fennel Braised with Citrus & 33% Madagascan Milk chocolate

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Bitter leaf Salad

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71% Grenada Savoury Chocolate Ganache

w Olive Oil, Garlic & Chilli

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Local Tuscan cheeses with assorted chocolate thins

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Tea or Coffee with Rococo Spring Couture Collection Ganaches

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A selection of Potentino wines with each dish

Chocolate Dinner & Wine Pairing

 

Thursday 28th April Dinner & Monday (Bank Holiday) Lunch 2nd May

POP-UP RESTAURANT at The London Sketch Club, 7 Dilke St, Chelsea SW3 4JE

Rococo Chocolates & Castello di Potentino

To book – [email protected]

Cost £65.00 per person

Booking is essential as spaces are limited.

 www.rococochocolates.com

Note to Editors:

Rococo Chocolates was founded by Chantal Coady OBE in 1983. Armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion and a belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, she opened a shop on London’s King’s Road and has been pioneering the artisan chocolate movement in the UK ever since.

Rococo’s award winning collection includes organic Artisan bars in exotic flavours and Couture chocolates hand made in London by their small and dedicated team of chocolatiers.  Rococo now has four shops and co-owns a cocoa farm in Grenada with the Grenada Chocolate Company, which is part of the Grenada Organic Cocoa Farmer’s Cooperative.  Cocoa from this farm in made into chocolate in Grenada, one of the only tree-to-bar producers in the world, which is used as part of Rococo’s House Blend across much of their range.

About Potentino:

This ancient castle is built on an Etruscan site. It lies in a secret valley in one of the last undiscovered corners of Tuscany – Monte Amiata. The medieval building is surrounded by unspoilt countryside, dotted with the vines and the ancient olive trees used for the estate’s small production of high quality wine,grappa and oil.

Bought and restored in 2000 by the Greene family, today the castle is operating as a dynamic cultural centre. Ideal as an off-season travel venue, it hosts guests, events and weddings all year round.

Charlotte Horton has been making award-winning wines in Tuscany for over 20 years. Before moving to Italy, she worked for Vogue Magazine, the Secker & Warburg publishing house and subsequently as afreelance journalist. In 2013, she was recognized as one of the Barclay’s Women of Achievement.

 

OFFICIAL – ROCOCO BEST IN THE WORLD

IMG_5478It was a very proud moment for Chantal Coady OBE, owner and creative director of Rococo Chocolates, and Barry Johnson, principal chocolatier at Rococo Chocolate when they were presented with Gold medals for two of their delicious products from the International Chocolate Awards during The Chocolate Show.

International Chocolate Awards   –   Gold Best in the World                      

Dark Cardamom Bar

Mandarin and Tonka Caramel

And it did not stop there a silver medal was also awarded for the

Spice Island Bar

During the show there were other challenges and again Rococo proved a force to be reckoned with, Barry’s praline cigar won 2nd place in the:

Great British Spice Chocolate Challenge

2nd place     –     Hazelnut, orange and Lebkuchen spiced praline cigar.

Chantal and Barry would like to offer their congratulations to Zara Snell who, at only 19 years old, won the Spice Challenge a great achievement. Well Done! She is surely one to watch!

And not only is Rococo producing the best chocolate, they are also the fastest – proved so well by Sam Smallman, retail and events manager, in the truffle rolling competition which he won convincingly.

A great end to a very successful Chocolate Week

www.rococochocolates.com

 

WHEN ONLY THE BEST WILL DO – Bird of Paradise Easter Eggs from Rococo Chocolates

Birds of Paradise

This Easter Rococo is launching an exquisite crate of Bird of Paradise Eggs: 12 eggs in a crate made up of 3 different caramel flavours.

Kalamansi Lime Caramel  – an Academy of Chocolate (AoC) and International Chocolate Award (ICA) Gold medal winning flavour

Passion Fruit and Rosemary Caramel – an AoC and ICA Gold medal winning flavour

Mandarin and Tonka Bean Caramel – our most recently developed flavour using the unusual Tonka bean spice and mandarin juice.

The Caramels are handmade by Barry Johnson, Principal chocolatier at Rococo Chocolates, and his team.

The stunning design of the sleeve around the crate was designed by Chantal Coady, founder and Creative Director at Rococo Chocolates.

It will be available from March 21st in good time for Easter, or can be bought from the 4 Rococo shops in London and Chester.

The retail price of this scrumptious Easter collection is £25

 HAPPY EASTER from Rococo

 www.rococochocolates.com

Congratulations to Barry Johnson and his team from Rococo Chocolates

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Barry’s incredible chocolate sculpture inspired by The Lion King.

Everyone at Rococo Chocolates are delighted for Barry Johnson (Rococo’s principal chocolatier) and his team, Martin Chiffers and Nicolas Belorgey, who won the European Pastry Cup 2014 on Sunday. We wish them well for the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (pastry world cup) 2015 which takes place at SIRHA in Lyon next January.  www.rococochocolates.com

Note to Editors.

Barry perfected his trade at The Dorchester Collections, Coworth Park, a 5 star hotel with a Michelin starred restaurant where he was chocolatier. He was also Head Pastry chef at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel and earlier in his career worked for Raymond Blanc and Harrods.  He has been Rococo’s principal Chocolatier since January 2012.

Your Secret Message Hidden in a Chocolate Heart

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The talented team at Rococo chocolates have come up with the novel idea of putting a message in a sealed envelope inside a hand painted chocolate heart.

Now you can not only surprise your Valentine with a beautifully decorated heart, you can also put a special message inside. Rococo staff will handwrite it in calligraphy font and fold it using bespoke origami, it will be written on a heart shaped note and folded into a sealed envelope. What you write is up to you!

The hollow heart complete with message will retail at £9.50 and will be available at the Rococo Shops in London from 24 January until 15th February (Limited edition)

Happy Valentines

www.rococochocolates.com

Valentine’s Hearts from Rococo with Love

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What could be more appropriate than giving your loved one a heart for Valentines, and one filled with chocolate from Rococo is sure to make your beloved feel very special and loved.

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Rococo hearts come in all sorts of sizes and guises from the large Rococo no. 5 box which is filled with 75 mixed chocolates and retails at £100.00

 

 

To the beautifully hand painted baby hearts (8 halves in a box) retailing at £11.95

There are larger painted hearts some filled with Ganaches, and smaller Rococo heart boxes, even a baby heart box filled with 3 truffles retailing at £10.00.1327859982-IMG_6134

And for just an extra £20.00 you can even have your own message painted on a chocolate heart if you order two weeks in advance.

Mail orders are beautifully packed with a handwritten gift card free of charge.

www.rococochocolates.com

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