Chocolate - but not as you know it

22:40, Jun 14 2011
SWEET TEMPTATIONS: Chefs Ed Weicherding and Andreas Reinhardt  with some of their chocolate creations  for the first New Zealand Chocolate Festival.
SWEET TEMPTATIONS: Chefs Ed Weicherding and Andreas Reinhardt with some of their chocolate creations for the first New Zealand Chocolate Festival.

Chocoholics beware – the first national chocolate festival is coming to town.

The deliciously decadent event is part of the Visa Wellington On A Plate culinary festival, from August 6 to 21. The inaugural New Zealand Chocolate Festival will be held from August 12 to 14.

The full Wellington on a Plate lineup for 2011 was announced last night. The menu boasts 102 Wellington eateries and 81 events, including the Wellington Fisher & Paykel MasterClass – a day programme offering foodies the chance to discover the kitchen secrets of culinary whizzes such as Al Brown and Martin Bosley.

A five-course chocolate degustation menu will be served at Wellington's InterContinental restaurant during the festival. The man behind the menu, German-trained sous chef Andreas Reinhardt, wants to give diners new experiences with the sweet and savoury chocolate-based menu.

"Even a small amount of dark, high cacao-content chocolate will lift a person out of a bad mood quickly. Who doesn't like chocolate?"

The menu includes fish seared in cacao butter with a chocolate agrodolce and a roasted chicken breast wrapped in ham and sage and served on a soft white chocolate and mascarpone polenta.

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