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Get Sweet On MarieBelle’s New Frangelico Ganache

Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 11:11 AM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Rich dark chocolate ganache gets kissed by hazelnut liqueur. The result? Decadence at it’s finest.

Celebrated chocolatier MarieBelle has paired up with Frangelico to unveil an indulgent new truffle flavor just in time for the holidays—the Frangelico Ganache. Blending creamy dark chocolate with luscious hazelnut, this melt-in-your-mouth confection also reveals notes of vanilla, coffee and almond. And it’s quite stunning. MarieBelle founder, chef and chocolate artist, Maribel Lieberman, incorporated hues from the Frangelico bottle into the beautiful sunset-colored mosaic design on each truffle.

  1. MarieBelle\'s new truffle blends Frangelico\'s hazelnut flavor with rich chocolate ganache
  2. MarieBelle New York - SoHo\'s darling chocolate boutique on Broome Street
  3. Dark chocolate ganache gets kissed with Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
  4. MarieBelle founder and chocolate chef, Maribel Lieberman, shares her cocoa passion
  5. Beautiful box of Frangelico Ganache truffles, available on November 15th
  6. The Frangelico Truffle cocktail perfectly complemented the confection\'s flavor nuances
  7. Master Mixologist James Moreland demonstrated three cocktails to pair with the truffles
  8. The Frangelico Supreme cocktail with Frangelico, Flor de Caña rum & sweet vermouth

Last week, I attended an intimate media gathering at MarieBelle, to celebrate the new flavor. The boutique itself is gorgeous. A luxurious chocolate haven, evoking European sophistication and old-world charm, nestled into SoHo’s Broome Street. Attendees settled into the shop’s darling Cacao Bar—a cozy cafe offering sweet nibbles and hot cocoas—to experience the Frangelico Ganache.

Maribel warmly greeted guests and excitedly debuted her latest creation. “These artisanal holiday truffles embody the flavors of the season, blending the hazelnut flavor of Frangelico with the gourmet taste of high-quality dark chocolate.” And to perfectly complement the flavor nuances in the confection, Master Mixologist James Moreland was on hand to stir up three Frangelico-based dessert cocktails (recipes below).

Beginning November 15th, Frangelico Ganache truffles will be available at the MarieBelle retail location in New York City, online at MarieBelle.com and at select department stores nationwide. They come packaged in a variety of sizes, each wrapped in an exquisite ribboned box that is uniquely Mariebelle.

Life is always sweeter with chocolate, and these truffles make a delightful gift that any chocolate lover will enjoy. And to sip while you sweet, try these tasty dessert cocktails from James Moreland:

 

Frangelico Truffle Cocktail

1 oz Frangelico

1 oz SKYY Vodka

¾ oz cold espresso

Shake with ice and serve up in a cocktail or martini glass. Dust with dark chocolate shavings.

 

Frangelico Supreme

1 ¼ oz Frangelico

1 ¼ oz Flor de Caña 7 Year Grand Reserve Rum

1 ¼ oz sweet vermouth

Shake with ice and pour over ice into rocks glass.

 

Cherries Flambé

1 ¼ oz Frangelico

2 spoonfuls sour cherry macerate

¾ oz cherry brandy

Shake hard and strain over rocks in a Collins glass.


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Wine Dinner Series at Landmarc Tribeca

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM - Posted by Megan - (0) comments

Last week, I attended the second dinner in the new wine pairing series hosted at Landmarc [Tribeca], a restaurant renowned for its extensive and affordable wine list. Providing a fresh approach to typical wine dinners, celebrated Chef Marc Murphy and David Lombardo, Landmarc’s Wine & Beverage Director, hand-pick bottles from around the world to pair with exceptional dishes not regularly offered on Landmarc’s menu. Each evening features a specific theme, which is reflected in the cuisine and pairing selections.

Landmarc’s cozy upstairs dining room hosts the intimate event series (photo courtesy of NY Mag)

Besides enjoying a fantastic meal, wine lovers will leave well-versed in the varietals showcased throughout the night. To guide the crowd as they smell and sip away, Lombardo and wine specialist Jules Bianciardi introduce each of the six wines, provide a brief history and describe prominent tasting notes. Every table will also feature distinct aromatics, such as oranges, raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, thyme and peppercorns, to encourage proper scent identification.

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