Are you hungry and thirsty, Baltimore? From ice cream for breakfast on Saturday to a Tuesday night filled with fun events, this week is a big one. Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town this week:
Looking for something sweet to bring to a Christmas get together? Look no further than Belvedere Square for some of the most interesting (and heart healthy) chocolates in the city.
Middle River is getting a new chocolate factory, somewhat at Baltimore City’s expense. Construction teams broke ground today on a new factory for Ruxton Chocolates, the maker of Mary Sue Easter eggs, out in Middle River thanks to some helpful funding from Baltimore County.
If you’re lucky, you’ll probably be eating your fair share of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. But what’s really going on underneath all that red foil wrapping? Find out the fun (and delicious) way at the Maryland Science Center’s special presentation on “cocoa-ology,” the latest in their adults-only lecture (and tasting) series. The evening will be led by renowned chocolatier Larry McGlinchey, owner of Cacao Lorenzo Chocolatier. McGlinchey will present choice chocolate pairings with wines and liqueurs as well as a good dose of history and science facts to feed your intellect as well.
You know, if my last name was the same as a famous candy company and I was running for office, I would probably try to make my campaign signs evoke the famous chocolate bars, too. But when District 36 State Senator Stephen Hershey (who represents parts of Caroline, Cecil, Kent, and Queen Anne’s counties) allegedly did just that, he found himself slapped with a big fat lawsuit,
Baltimore’s list of gourmet confectioners just seems to grow and grow. Good for our sweet tooth, bad for our dental bills, I suppose. But now, just in time for all-manner-of-candy season (with everything from Halloween to Valentines happening in the next few months) Jama Cocoa has sprung onto the scene. Founded by Jamasen Rodriguez, a Johns Hopkins junior economics major, Jama specializes in truffles. Simple enough. But if Rodriguez has his way, the company will become “”the Starbucks of chocolate,” with a Jama Cocoa shop in as many urban areas as possible.
When we think of all the scariest Halloween images, we usually imagine zombies, witches, ghosts, vampires, mummies, and sexy pretty-much-anything. But what we think is really scary is the potential of a chocolate-less Halloween. Imagine the horror! Whether you’re allergic to dairy, or maintain a vegan diet for other reasons, nixing the milk can mean a harder time finding exciting chocolates that are as creamy and indulgent as those you remember dumping out of your loot bag as a trick-or-treater. But luckily, Baltimore is home to Charm School Chocolates—makers of some of the finest (vegan) treats around.
It began with cocoa powder, heavy cream, and a communal kitchen in a sophomore dorm; just a few months later, Johns Hopkins student Jamasen Rodriguez’s chocolate company had $100,000 in start-up money, and was named one of Inc. Magazine’s coolest college start-ups of 2013.
Tune in as Josh Rosen, owner of Charm School Chocolates, a Reisterstown-based chocolate company (and featured at Ma Petite Shoe in Hampden), competes on Food Network’s Sweet Genius on Thursday, December 6th at 10pm. Susannah Siger, owner of Ma Petite Shoe, a shoes and chocolate store in Hampden, was approached earlier in the season by Mr. Rosen to be one of the first stores in Baltimore to carry his line of vegan bars and couture barks.