February 28, 2012
Chocolate Salon will offer the best from the cacao tree

Food Deadline Bonbons.jpg If you're seriously in to chocolate - and seriously in to partying - the 6th annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon has your name on it.

More than 30 chocolatiers will offer their artisan and gourmet delights, while live music plays in the background and wine and premium spirits are poured.

Your ticket buys chocolate tastings and wine pairings, chocolate-making demonstrations - even "chocolate fashion and body-painting." Get in on new product launches and experimental flavor combinations. Or maybe be interviewed by reporters from TasteTV's "Chocolate Television" program.

Panel discussions will touch on such topics as "The Return of the Toffee" and "Asian Flavors and Influences in Artisan Chocolate."

Look for appearances by Tanya Holland, chef-owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B Side BBQ in Oakland and author of "New Soul Cooking; and "Top Chef's" Marisa Churchill of San Francisco, author of "Sweet & Skinny."

The chocolate extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in the 30,000-square-foot Herbst Pavillion at Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco; (415) 345-7500,

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door for adults; $10 for children ages 6 to 12; free for 5 and younger. To buy tickets, watch videos from past events and for more information, visit

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