(Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt and CocoaBella owner Michael Freeman)
Last Saturday, our intrepid Web editor Janine Kahn and I hit up the original location of CocoaBella Chocolates (2102 Union), joining about 30 others for the store's first Top Chocolatier Pairing of artisan chocolates and alcohol. You may view our slideshow here, and we now have video of the chocolatiers to share.
The handsome Fritz Knipschildt of Norwalk, Connecticut could easily be the pin-up of the chocolate world, and he enhances that idea since all of his luxurious chocolate pieces are named after women. Here he speaks on a special variation of his Hannah piece that he created, aging aged balsamic vinegar to his liquid caramel enrobed in sea salted chocolate, which we enjoyed with a glass of Cornet et Cie Banyuls Rimage.
Christopher Elbow of Kansas City, Missouri (who also opened up a San Francisco boutique last year) elicited murmurs of pleasure as he described his fresh goat cheese and honey truffle, which he paired with sweet Broadbent Madeira wine.
Jeff Shepherd of Lillie Belle Farms in Jacksonville, Oregon closed up this exciting hour by packing a wallop. He paired Don Julio Anejo tequila with chocolate margarita cups he made with the Don Julio and fresh lime and he even salted the rims!