Life is like a box of chocolates—it ends quickly when it tumbles into lava. Enjoy the transient experience of sweet pleasure while you can with today's Groupon to the Chocolate Lover's Club in Princeton. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get a tapas-style dessert platter for two (a $30 value).
- For $49, you get a four-course chocolate lovers' dinner party for two (a $98 value). Although menus vary, the August 21 dinner includes:
- Two virgin cocktails
- Three appetizers
- Four tasting-sized entrees
- Two desserts
- Cooking demo
- Chocolate tasting
The Chocolate Lover's Club keeps mobs of sweet teeth at bay with a wide assortment of palate-pleasing treats, imparting the wisdom behind its creations to interested consumers. Held once a month, three-hour chocolate lovers' dinner parties feature a rotating lineup of popular dishes from a variety of chocolate-producing countries, such as Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, and Willy Wonka's sovereign chocolate state. Although four-course menus change each month based upon the chosen country, the first party scheduled for Sunday, August 21 at 5 p.m. features a Jamaican-themed menu. Begin foodie quests by washing down an assortment of Montego Bay–inspired appetizers with your choice of virgin cocktails, including tropical punch, Kingston iced tea, ginger beer, and Blue Mountain iced-coffee shooters. Guest chef Sharon Levy crafts some of the night's global gourmet fare during a 30-minute cooking demonstration at 5:45 p.m., sharing the secrets of creating authentic international recipes without being accused of treason by the CIA.
After the demonstration, enlightened eaters can sashay to the soulful beats of Jamaican music as they slowly make their way toward their seats in the cheery, brick-walled dining room. Cozy up to small-plate entrées such as jerk chicken on a fluffy bed of rice or baked plantain with cod before finishing the gustatory vacation with a delectable slice of coconut rum cake or the chocolate-lands chocolate tasting. Dessert platters similarly tempt taste buds with four desserts chosen from a list that includes chocolate pie, chocolate-chip cookies, chocolate mousse, chocolate bread pudding, and chocolate-covered forks. Along with the included nonalcoholic hot or cold drinks, patrons can unwind with wine, beer, or spirits brought from home.
Chocolate Lovers Club
Chocolate Lovers Club is a haven for cacao enthusiasts throughout the Princeton area. Regular meet ups, ranging from classes and tastings to date nights for couples, aim to educate attendees about the rich treat and provide them with hours of delicious fun. Themed tastings broaden palates' horizons with samples made in different countries around the world. Beverage-pairing events introduce participants to the harmonies between wine and chocolate or more unconventional marriages of beer, cheese, and chocolate. On Thursday and Friday nights, a dessert café supplies opportunities to indulge in hot-fudge sundaes, chocolate nachos, and the glories of using chocolate syrup as shampoo.