Greetings Foodtopia romantics! When most of us think of Valentine’s Day, one thing comes to mind: Chocolate. So what better way to celebrate this holiday than with our friends at French Broad Chocolate Lounge?? French Broad is known for having some of the best chocolate in Asheville, and lucky for us they’ve provided Foodtopia several ways to celebrate with their goodies this Valentine’s day!
For the true chocolate truffle lovers, there’s French Broad Chocolates’ aphrodisiac collection. This collection drips with romantic options like honey-wine caramels with locally made Fox Hill Mead; the classic Cosmic Love Potion truffle infused with a honey-based herbal aphrodisiac elixir; and the Strawberries and Bubbly truffle made with local strawberries and Prosecco. Valentine’s week will also feature a number of pastry specials with wine parings in the Lounge, like honey-rose eclairs paired with bubbles, and a chocolate roulade with strawberry cream, paired with Cabernet.
In addition to treating your sweetie (or yourself) at the Chocolate Lounge, French broad will also be offering chocolate-laden events at a couple of Asheville’s best breweries! At Catawba’s Rickhouse Bar you may experience four pairings of beer with cheese and chocolate under their crystal chandeliers. Here is an excerpt from the event description:
” Smell, sniff, chew-melt, and sip in an interactive exploration with your tablemates under the expert tutoring of Crawford Rizor, Head Chocolate Producer of the South Slope’s favorite chocolate factory. Learn how cheese is made with Ashley Ioakimedes, Cheese Stylist at the source of Asheville’s greatest handmade cheese, made in Fairview. Catawba’s Certified Cicerones will collaborate with these experts of edible art to select beers that elevate the pairings beyond the sum of their parts — all of which are delicious in their own right.”
This event will be held Valentine’s evening from 7pm-9pm at Catawba Brewing- 32 Banks Avenue.
Highland Brewing will also be celebrating with treats from French Broad Chocolates. Highland is one of Asheville’s oldest and most popular breweries and this Valentine’s day they will be hand pairing their craft brews with French Broads’ delectable desserts. Below is a description of the event at Highland Brewing as well as pairings you may expect during the evening:
“Treat that someone special (or yourself!) to a beer and dessert pairing with our friends from the French Broad Chocolate Factory & Tasting Room.
Salted peanut brittle with Gaelic Ale
Chocolate cake w/strawberry cream cheese and Southern Sixer IPA
Rose and honey eclairs and Highland Pilsner
Mini beerimisu and Black Watch and Raspberry Tart Valentine’s Day beer cocktail
Dessert flights: $7.50
Beer flights: $8.00
We will have a special Valentine’s Day Beer Cocktail – a blend of our Black Watch Double Chocolate Milk Stout and Raspberry Tart. Boxes of chocolates will also be for sale. Live music with Anya Hinkle and Jane Kramer.
Additionally, we will have Yours Truli on tap, a special beer honoring the first brewery owner in NC, Uli Bennewitz of Weeping Radish Farm Brewery. While you’re here, try this Bavarian wheat ale brewed with triticale grain from Epiphany Malt House in Durham.”
Looking for more unique ways to celebrate this Valentine’s Day? Take your date on one of our daily walking food tours!! French Broad Chocolates is just one among many of Asheville’s best restaurants that you’ll visit on our tours! For more information feel free to visit our website here or call 828-489-3266.
Cheers Asheville, and Happy Valentine’s Day!!