Chocolate lovers delight at Gardens March 9-10

Chocolate lovers delight at Gardens March 9-10The first-ever Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show has joined hands with CBS4’s Neighbors 4 Neighbors and the Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College to produce a weekend of fine chocolate, food, art and entertainment on March 9-10 at Pinecrest Gardens.

“We created the Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show to celebrate our culinary community in South Florida,” said founder Mario Pi. “It was important for us to give back with our partnership with a Neighbors 4 Neighbors, but also showcase the gourmet talents of chefs and chocolatiers in our South Florida restaurants, gourmet shops and more. The Miami Culinary Institute at MDC is the birthplace for the future generation of these talents so we are thrilled that their esteemed chef instructors will be leading our demonstration stage.”

Here’s what guests can expect at the Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show:


Taste the finest in chocolate from around the country, including artful creations from Flying Noir (Mendocino, California) to handmade chocolates from local Venezuelan chocolatiers Cacao Art Chocolates. Artisan chocolatiers will have products available for purchase so attendees can take home their favorite truffles, bars, macaroons, and ganache. Other chocolate exhibitors include Barry’s Gourmet Brownies, Kallari, Mary O’Malley Chocolatier and Pacari.


A one-stop shop for gifts featuring an expansive selection of products, from infused olive oils to artisan cheeses from Cheese Course, breads, exotic spices from Spice Galore, teas and charcuterie. Look for at-home gourmet ideas like handselected meats from Land & Sea, Italian products from Anacapri, in-home dining selections from Gourmet at Your Door.


Attendees will enjoy the unique experience of walking down Restaurant Row, a boulevard bringing South Florida’s culinary greats together as they showcase their talents. Featured restaurants include Mayfair Hotel’s Spartico, chef Norman Van Aken’s restaurant Tuyo and authentic Mediterranean cuisine from Alhambra Restaurant. PAIRINGS PAVILION —

Clay Gordon, chocolate expert and creator of The Chocolate Life, will provide guided sessions pairing beer, wine, spirits, coffees and teas with a wide variety of fine food, artisanal chocolates and cheeses. Guests can use tasting tickets to sample 10-15 craft beer selections from Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, chocolate wines from E & J Gallo and Precept Wines.


An exclusive group of 20 artists have been invited to showcase their works along the Art Ally. Grab a bite from Restaurant Row and explore the works of local artists. DEMONSTRATION STAGE —

Presented by the Miami Culinary Institute, guests can enjoy over 20 hours of live demonstrations in the 500-seat Banyan Bowl


A select group of Miami’s most talented chefs will provide culinary insight as they make dozens of the finest food and chocolate creations for attendees.


Local talent will fill Pinecrest Gardens with music and entertainment as the perfect background to the gourmet gathering. In between tastings, guests can stop by the musical stage to take in the sounds of these artists.

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