Valentine's Day Chocolate Tastings, Classes, and More

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Maison Mitchell Azteca truffles.

I can always tell when Valentine’s Day is approaching, because I get hit with a ton of chocolate news and events. Since I know there are a lot of chocolate lovers out there (perhaps even more than Valentine’s Day lovers), here’s a round up for ya:

~FOG CITY NEWS~ is where you’ll want to pick up sweets for your sweet—and they have all kinds of special guests coming for lunchtime chocolate events, including Richard Donnelly this Friday January 28th from 12pm-2pm (his fresh, preservative-free truffles are supposed to be out of this world), and Michael Mischer on Tuesday February 8th (free to taste!). 455 Market St. at 1st. St.

My favorite sugar pimp, Gabriel Mitchell of ~MAISON MITCHELL~, is at it again, creating a special Valentine’s Day truffle. This year’s is Bella Rosa, a combination of 55% chocolate, raspberry, and a whisper of rose. You can pick up 1/4 lb. boxes for $15 (which is about 15-20 truffles), or 1/2 lb. boxes for $25 at The Summit—where he is the first guest pastry chef—starting this Friday January 28th (but call first). You’ll also be able to pick up last year’s spicy special, Azteca, and Finocchia, made with 72% and toasted fennel.

~GOURMET WALKS~ tour guides are planning a full weekend of Chocolate Tours from February 12th-14th. $49.

On Monday February 14th, ~RAW BAY AREA~ is offering a raw truffle- and candy-making class, including hand-rolled truffles, peppermint patties, and chocolate caramel cups. 6pm-7:30pm. $35 per person/$60 for two people. Tickets here. 2501 Harrison St., Oakland.