mad mac / The Chocolate Lounge hosts ‘sweet success’ grand opening event

By Bari Auerbach….

Right: Pascal Cohen together with wife Elisa share in the grand opening excitement with their children Liora and Shirel

“Welcome to the ultimate world of chocolate and pastries!” was the greeting extended to members of the Aventura Marketing Council and Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce when mad mac / The Chocolate Lounge hosted a “sweet success” grand opening-networking reception at Biscayne Commons shopping plaza. Pascal Cohen, owner of mad mac / The Chocolate Lounge, welcomed business and community leaders to the gala event featuring a ribbon-cutting ceremony with city officials including Aventura Mayor Susan Gottlieb and North Miami Mayor Andre Pierre, applauding the recipe for “sweet success”: high-quality chocolates and truffles, combined with a flavorful line of macarons, homemade pastries, imaginative ice cream creations, premium cakes and desserts – swirled with delicious appetizers and enticing entrees for lunch or dinner.

While the record turnout of guests enjoyed socializing and networking to the tunes of a live cellist, it was “music to everyone’s ears” to hear mad mac’s internationally- recognized chefs Florian Bellanger and Ludovic Augendre create high-quality, exclusive recipes that are not only delicious – but healthy using fresh, pure ingredients.

Those who believe eating chocolate can release “fountain of youth” endorphins were especially impressed by the famous fourfoot tall Chocolate Fountain, mouthwatering masterpieces of pastries and chocolates and an amazing Chocolate Museum where families can discover the history of cocoa from the Aztec era to present-day.

Proving “quality and taste are a simple matter of who’s wearing the apron,” mad mac also received word-of-mouth rave reviews for appetizers, lunch and dinner specialties including smoked salmon, crab cakes, gourmet salads and sandwiches, focaccia, pasta dishes, pot pies and fantastic fondues.

Aventura Marketing Council and North Miami Chamber members appreciating the art of giving loved mad mac’s gift store featuring their fabulous gift basket line – perfect for all kinds of occasions and events with quality products displayed in chic packaging at surprisingly reasonable prices.

Everyone also commended mad mac’s knack for giving back. Just recently, fourth grade students from the Aventura City of Excellence School were invited to educational luncheons; and they catered an extraordinarily tasteful VIP reception for the 1st annual AT&T Young Stars Showcase at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center.

Hard-working executives planned to have lots more parties after seeing the party room by the chef’s sweet kitchen and a large outside terrace – ideal for festive occasions, making business events a pleasure. Birthday celebrations feature complimentary birthday treats, plus kids can enjoy different activities – from decorating custom-made chocolate bars, piping macarons or baking cakes – to creating personalized recipes for chocolate bonbons. “Chocoholics” are also invited to monthly chocolate cooking lessons or chocolate initiation testing and pairings for 8 to 20 people.

Before the grand opening event was over, door prizes were awarded to Cyd Yardeny of Chai Lifeline, who won a gift certificate to mad mac; and Dora Levin of Levin’s Women’s Health & Wellness, who won a one-month pass to Equinox Fitness…she surely endorses mad mac’s organic phyto fruit juice and fresh salads!

Everyone leaving with decorative chocolate goodie bags wished mad mac / The Chocolate Lounge continued “sweet success” and were happy to learn many studies have linked eating chocolate with great health benefits including joy and happiness!

For more information about mad mac / The Chocolate Lounge at Biscayne Commons (14861 Biscayne Boulevard), phone: 305-945-1665.

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