I was part of a successful Valentine’s Day event yesterday in which we combined a chocolate-inspired show of original art pieces by members of the WAVE Artists Group with my chocolate-inspired books, and chocolate creations by Constance Popp Chocolatier of Winnipeg and a chocolate buffet inspired by the chefs at the Selkirk Golf and Country Club. The collaboration of all these creative talents resulted in an incredible day of sumptuous chocolate-inspired bliss.
Chocolate is like that. You can go virtually anywhere in the world, say the word “chocolate” and you will immediately see a smile on the faces of all within hearing distance and a light in their eyes. Chocolate does that to people. It inspires and entices us. It makes us feel good. And it ignites creativity.
I first witnessed the profound effect of chocolate on the creative world in 2009, when I attended the Salon du Chocolat in Paris. The chocolate sculptures and chocolate-adorned couture blew me away! Who would have thought of adorning haute couture fashions with artisan chocolate? Or creating intricate sculptures out of chocolate?
Chocolate has inspired many authors and movie makers as well. Chocolatour was inspired by the movie Chocolat in which the beautiful chocolatier (Juliette Binoche) entices handsome Johnny Depp with intoxicating chocolate, explaining that she can predict the type of chocolate a person will crave based on intricacies of their personality. I firmly believe that to be true, and believe that you can best serve your chocolate fantasies by aligning yourself with the chocolatier or chocolate maker that makes the type of chocolate you are most likely to enjoy. Why waste time and calories eating chocolate that doesn’t alight your senses to the fullest?
I hope this post has got you thinking about the power of chocolate. Please share your thoughts on how chocolate has inspired you, or tell us about chocolate creations that have blown your senses out of the water.
And then join us back here the week of February 24th for our next new post. I’m heading to the Hawaii Chocolate Festival this week and have no doubt that I will be impressed with the creativity I will find there. Stay tuned to see what I find!