Remembering Gene Wilder

We find it is so ironic that Gene passed right before the Broadway debut of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory--which filling his shoes for wasn't easy! Willy Wonka is to be played by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle who most may recognize from Something Rotten!. But discussing Gene's untimely passing and this new production made us fall in love with an article by MovePilot.com explaining Gene's one condition for playing his character for the original, infamous production of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory....

"Gene Wilder wasn't the first choice to play Willy Wonka, but when he won the role he took it on one condition: that the film include the now famous scene of Willy Wonka limping forward on his cane out of his factory before falling into a perfect somersault and bouncing up to applause. Wilder told director Mel Stuart that it would be great for Wonka's character development 'because from that time on, no one will know if I'm lying or telling the truth.'" 

The Big Chocolate Show Location:

Everything happens for a reason. Especially the choice of the old Tunnel nightclub (11th Ave at 28th St) as the venue for The Big Chocolate Show. This dance club turned event space boasts plenty of room for all of our uniquely delicious exhibitors, our demo stage, and our ticketed tasting classes. Now that the 7 train stops at 11th Ave and 34th St, it’s even easier to get there! And did you know that one of the best brick oven pizzerias Ovest (you’ll swear you’re in Italy) is only a few short blocks away at 27th Street and 10th Ave? Their Aperoal Spritz's are to die for. Along with Danny Meyer's incredible spot Porchlight just around the corner at 27th Street and 11th Ave. And the Highline is only steps from the show, along with Chelsea's infamous Gallery District, with galleries like Joshua Liner where you can always check out the up-and-coming artists of our time. And if you want to burn some calories before or after the show, there is a CITIBIKE depot across the street from the show entrance!

Everything happens for a reason. Especially the choice of the old Tunnel nightclub (11th Ave at 28th St) as the venue for The Big Chocolate Show. This dance club turned event space boasts plenty of room for all of our uniquely delicious exhibitors, our demo stage, and our ticketed tasting classes. Now that the 7 train stops at 11th Ave and 34th St, it’s even easier to get there! And did you know that one of the best brick oven pizzerias Ovest (you’ll swear you’re in Italy) is only a few short blocks away at 27th Street and 10th Ave? Their Aperoal Spritz's are to die for. Along with Danny Meyer's incredible spot Porchlight just around the corner at 27th Street and 11th Ave. And the Highline is only steps from the show, along with Chelsea's infamous Gallery District, with galleries like Joshua Liner where you can always check out the up-and-coming artists of our time. And if you want to burn some calories before or after the show, there is a CITIBIKE depot across the street from the show entrance!

Eliminated Chapter in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

Eliminated Chapter in Roald Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

We're serious Roald Dahl fans here at The Big Chocolate Show headquarters and we'd like to share some fun facts with you:

2016 is the centennial celebration of Dahl's birth. Yup, if he were still alive today, he'd be 100 years old.

In 1964 when Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published, 10,000 copies of the book sold during that first week.

Two years ago, a researcher found a chapter from the original manuscript that has been excised because it was deemed "too wild, subversive and insufficiently moral for the tender minds of British children." In that chapter, two children (there were originally 8 kids, not 6) are chopped up and pounded into fudge. That lost chapter concluded, "Eight little children--such charming little chicks. But two of them said 'Nuts to you,'and then there were six." (Cheery, no?)

 

Here is a link to Smithsonian Magazine's article on the matter: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-chapter-roald-dahls-charlie-and-chocolate-factory-was-just-released-180952584/?no-ist

Pairing Wine & Chocolate this Summer

Wine and chocolate together seems like a no-brainer. Both are luxuries that most would consider synonymous with 'relaxation' or 'indulgence.' However, willy-nilly pairings can leave the consumer dispirited. To avoid disappointment, here is a common rule for optimizing enjoyment of the two together: match the sweetness of the wine with the sweetness of the chocolate. Meaning: if the chocolate is sweet, go with a sweeter wine like a Port, Maury, or Sherry. Inversely, if the chocolate isn't very sweet, match its more assertive profile with a medium-bodied red such as Merlot. You can also experiment with a Malbec or Zinfandel. Alexandra Leaf, culinary historian and director of The Big Chocolate Show, suggests pairing chocolate with a Moscato D'Asti this summer. Moscato is a very chocolate-friendly DOCG wine from the north of Italy. It can be served with a range of chocolate, both tablet bars and bon bons as the flavor notes include honey, peach, nectarine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Its light effervescence makes it refreshing for the warm weather months.

However simple and delectable this equation may be, there are contrarians to the rule. Chocolate expert and fellow planner of The Big Chocolate Show, Clay Gordon, believes, "if you follow the 'conventional' advice, it's hard to be surprised." He enjoys pairing white wines with dark chocolates, and red wines with milk chocolates. "Sure, I get a lot of misses-but when the combinations work, they really work."