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Friday, September 3, 2010

Prepare to Get Stains: Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Drops Sept. 11-12

Posted By on Fri, Sep 3, 2010 at 2:53 PM

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Save the date for a weekend of Bay views punctuated by chocolate nibbles, sweets, wine, and music. The 15th Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival lays out its temptations later this month, Sept. 11-12. Proceeds benefit Project Open Hand.

What to expect: ice cream sundae-eating contests (both kids and adults), chef demos from Kara's Cupcakes, American Cupcake, Scott Broccoli of The Pub (he's got a BBQ chocolate dish planned), and Marché in Menlo Park. For those seeking deeper chocolate understanding, Steve Genzoli from the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company will deliver a talk called "From Cocoa Bean to Chocolate Bar." Live music by Dave Costa and the Magnolia Jazz Band, and rounding out the bill, a special chocolate tea menu at neighboring Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon.

Fifteenth Annual Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival

When: Sat.-Sun., Sept. 11-12, noon-5 p.m.

Where: Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point (at Polk)

Cost: Free to enter; a $20 ticket nabs you 15 samples

Tickets: Online from Eventbrite; for Crown and Crumpet reservations, call 771-4252

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