If you're a fan of Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates, as well as an admirer of the great coffee scene that has grown up and flourished here in recent years, you won't want to miss "Coffee Day" at Ginger Elizabeth on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Ginger Elizabeth Hahn and staff have been planning and prepping for this for weeks, and the results look incredible. We managed to get a couple of photos of the coffee -centric desserts, including the opera cake (pictured above) featuring Four Barrel coffee from San Francisco, and the eclair (pictured below) using coffee from Old Soul.
A few weeks ago, I attended a cupping at Old Soul in which Hahn and her husband, Tom, tasted several coffees as they sought to select one that would work best with the planned desserts. It was a meticulous, hour-long process of sniffing, tasting (with and without a spoonful of dessert), re-tasting and careful note-taking.
The collaborations with the other coffee roasters -- Temple, Chocolate Fish, Four Barrel, and Ritual (from the Bay Area) -- were just as thorough.
Here are the coffee desserts available for Coffee Day (Tip: after Saturday, these desserts won't be available -- so get there early):
*Coffee Orange Blossom Ganache. $4.50
*Oeufs Ã la Neige (Floating Island): Macadamia Nut Crumble, Banana Custard and Old Soul Co. Coffee CrÃ¨me Anglaise layered in a jar and topped with Chilled Poached Meringue. $6.50
*Ice Cream Pint: Cold Infused Chocolate Fish Coffee Ice Cream, Toffee Sauce Swirl with Ginger Elizabeth Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pieces. $9
*Opera cake: Caramelized Milk and Four Barrel Coffee Mousse, Four Barrel Coffee Jam, Valrhona 66% Caribe Chocolate CrÃ©meux, Joconde Sponge, Chocolate Cake and Cocoa Crumble. $6.50
*Dessert Macaron: Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake Mousse, Anise Biscotti Crust, Temple Coffee Curd, Temple Espresso GelÃ©e between two Lemon Macaron Cookies. $8
Macaron Ice Cream Sandwich: Ritual Roasters Coffee Caramel Ice Cream with Fleur de Sel Caramel Swirl. $5.50
*Ã‰clair-: Crispy PÃ¢te Ã Choux filled with Old Soul Co. Coffee Pastry Cream, Coffee Fondant. $4.50
*A selection of Coffee Inspired Chocolates, $1.50 and Macarons, $1.75
Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates is at 1801 L St. #60, Sacramento. (916) 706-1738.
Blair Anthony Robertson is The Bee's restaurant critic. Follow him on Twitter, @blarob.