A delicately prepared chocolate can make a woman's heart sing, a child's mouth smile, and a crossing guard's whistle taste even more like justice. Stock up on tasty times with today's Groupon: for $32, you get a three-course chocolate tasting for two at Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France (up to a $64 value).
Click here for an example menu with a detailed list of course options. This menu is subject to change.
Mentioned in Vancouver magazine's Best Things to Eat and Drink, Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France owner, Anne-Geneviève Poitras, weaves gourmet bites from French single-origin and Plantation chocolate with the aid of an Institut du Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec education. The three-course tasting bears banoffee tarts, on which banana-and-hazelnut chocolate spread peacefully lies on a bed of crumbled pie crust. Ecuadorian orange blossom stages vaudeville duets between 64% dark chocolate and candied orange peel, and Aztec ganache's cayenne-infused 66% dark chocolate dons a fiery cap of chili flakes. The tasting concludes with a choice of brownie guarding soft vanilla-bean gelato from floods of espresso or salted caramel.
Rich courses balance out with bites of whipped-cream and chocolate-covered strawberries along with sips of lemon-infused water and tea. Guests may also pluck platters for mignardise—miniature gourmandizes or treats—fashioned from chocolate or caramel. The chocolaterie swaddles guests in warm colours, as glass jars wear crisp tags to identify their sugary contents. An outdoor patio sets the stage for enjoying a hot or cold drink, depending on the weather. Anne-Geneviève crafts her treats without the use of additives, preservatives, and cauldron chanting.
Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France
The founder of Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, Anne-Geneviève Poitras, kindled a passion for fine chocolates while studying pastry and bakery at the Institut du Tourisme et d'Hôtellerie du Québec in Montréal. Determined to share the joyous epiphany with others, she opened her shop, which has earned a spot on Vancouver Magazine’s Best Things to Eat and Drink list and even a recommendation in the Vancouver City Guide.
In her shop, fragrant, sumptuous ingredients perfume handmade chocolates with curious bouquets of flavour bursting with lavender, orange blossoms, and fleur de sel. The house chefs seek out French single-origin or plantation chocolates, made from the cocoa beans of a single country, lending each variety a distinctive character. No additives, preservatives, or artificial ingredients dilute the taste of the confections.
198 E 21 Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V5V 1P8