Chocolate - but not as you know it
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.
The Dominion Post