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Get ready for the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

Get your chocolate on at international salon

Published: Thursday, Mar. 6, 2014 - 10:27 am

The San Francisco International Chocolate Salon isn’t messing around. If you’re really serious about chocolate — and serious about having some fun — the 8th annual event is a go-to. As Chocolate Salon’s promoters say, it’s “55,000 square feet of chocolate, wine and confections.”

A ticket buys chocolate tastings from 50 chocolatiers, wine pairings, new product launches, chocolate-making demonstrations, chocolatier panels, a wine and spirits taste-off, presentations by celebrity chefs and chocolate-makers, and random interviews of participants by TasteTV’s “Chocolate Television” program. There will even be “chocolate fashion and body-painting.”

The all-things-chocolate extravaganza will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15 at Fort Mason Center, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco; (415) 345-7500,

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door for adults; $10 for children ages 6 to 12; free for 5 and younger. To buy tickets, watch videos from past events and for more information, visit

Along the way, check out San Francisco Chocolate Week, Sunday through March 14, at

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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