Fall Chocolate Salon
Where: Fort Mason Building A (1 Fort Mason), 345-7500
When: Sun., Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $20/$25 with taster's journal (purchase in advance via Eventbrite)
The rundown: TasteTV, a local online and on-demand food network, hosts this twice-yearly celebration of chocolate gluttony. The fall edition is ideally timed to get a jump start on holiday shopping. Chocolate is an ideal gift for the loved one who has everything, and if they don't like chocolate, you shouldn't love them.
The vendors are a mix of a few dozen locals and visiting candymakers, with a splash of wine in the mix. This year, we advise you take particular care to seek out homegrown brands like Toffee Talk, Jade Chocolates, and Socola Chocolatier; collectively, these three companies ought to have something perfect for a stocking (or maybe just a well-deserved gift to yourself).
The event is seven hours long, but don't think that doesn't mean you'll see frenzied sampling and buying for pretty much the whole time. Pro tip: Go early to get the best pickins. It's never too early to start the day with chocolate.