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If you visit Charleston in December or February and you love chocolate… consider Carolina Food Pros’ Chocolate Seductions Tasting tours.

According to their website (www.carolinafoodpros.com),

“Life is short; eat chocolate first! Join us for special holiday culinary walking tours that are sure to please chocolate enthusiasts’ taste buds. Indulge yourself in a chocolate lover’s dream as you go behind the scenes to learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about the “Food of the Gods” from the experts – pastry chefs, bakers and Chocolatiers. Discover why chocolate has played such a significant role throughout history. Taste some of the world’s best chocolate and comfort your soul with a sampling of deliciously decadent chocolate desserts at some of Charleston’s finest restaurants, bakeries and specialty shops.

This tour is for you if…
• You like the idea of eating dessert first
• You are a chocoholic and have no desire to be cured
• The thought of tasting chocolate all morning makes you smile
• Unique culinary experiences beckon to you

Led by culinary expert, Amanda Dew Manning, guests will go behind the scenes, learn all about chocolate and delight their palates with this sweet aphrodisiac. The tours showcase top pastry chefs as they share their passion for this sensual, seductive and utterly irresistible food. Participating restaurants include the award-winning Charleston Grill, Cypress, Fish, McCrady’s, and Oak.

Each of the featured chefs introduces their own chocolate specialties. Vinzenz Aschbacher, the master pastry chef of the Charleston Grill, captivates guests with his knowledge of the “food of the gods” and his exquisite dessert creations.

Winburn Carmack, executive pastry chef of McCrady’s, showcases her favorite chocolate indulgences and offers insight on how “home cooks” can create chocolate sensations.

Ryan Herrmann, executive chef at Fish Restaurant, entertains and educates guests with his creative genius for working with new dessert and party ideas.

Mary Ellen Battistelli, pastry chef of Oak Steakhouse, indulges her guests with desserts echoing Chef McKee’s cuisine – simple and comforting, yet melt-in-your-mouth fabulous.

M. Kelly Wilson, pastry chef at Cypress, demonstrates her inspired approach to dessert classics while sharing her special tips for working with chocolate.

Tristan’s Jered Young, offers a few special chocolate lessons and introduces Tristan’s warm chocolate cake accompanied by black cherry ice cream and profiteroles with sweet almond chantilly & warm chocolate fondue.

Chocolate Seductions Culinary Tours begin at the Historic Charleston Museum Shop & Bookstore, located at 108 Meeting Street, and accommodate up to 20 people per tour. Tickets are $60 per person and are available by calling toll free 877-728-2783, or here at our web site.

Our holiday tasting tours will run on December 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Treat your Valentine to chocolate seduction on February 2, 9 and 16.”

Reservations are required, so please visit their website for updated prices and dates or you can call 877-728-2783. You can never eat too much chocolate.

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