Peterbrooke Chocolate Winter Park recently held a Valentine's preview party. Here is a summary of the presentations and pairings:
After a brief history of Peterbrooke. Owner Kevin Wray demonstrated their chocolate truffle cake kit and they passed out samples of the truffle cake. Oh! the fudgy goodness. A Truffle Cake is essentially a flourless chocolate soufflé cake.
Next his wife and partner Jamie demonstrated the chocolate mold, where you pour the hot chocolate in a mold and it hardens.
Lisa Wilk of Orlando Uncorked(link) did a chocolate and wine pairing. The wines were from Orlando’s only winery Quantum Leap. Quantum Leap buys wines from all over the country and blends them here.
The first wine was Kaley’s Rescue Red, this is a red blend named for the winery’s dog Kaley who was a rescue dog. A portion of the proceeds from the wine go to the ASPCA of central Florida. Lisa paired that wine with Peterbrooke’s 65% Signature Dark Chocolate.
Next Lisa paired the Merlot with 65% dark chocolate with sea salt. The salt from the spice and tea exchange on Park Ave. is a French Fleur de sel salt.
Following those pairings we got to sample the truffle cookies, chocolate covered popcorn and huge chocolate covered strawberries.
The truffle cookie is a large chocolate cookie that captures the flavors of their truffle cake with a crispy outside and a chewy inside accented with crunchy walnuts.
Lisa will be doing wine and chocolate pairings with Peterbrooke chocolate and Quantum Leap on Feb 12th and March 12th. For more info go to http://www.quantumleapwinery.com