Third Annual Chocolate Show and Competition on February 9

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Texas Culinary Academy Presents Samples and Expert Demonstrations

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You will learn everything about chocolate from cocoa pod to mole, to candy bar.

Texas Culinary Academy (TCA -- announced today that it will host the Third Annual Chocolate Show & Competition, Saturday, February 9 from 12:00 until 3:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by Paris Gourmet, will showcase TCA student competition entries in several categories including chocolate showpiece, chocolate truffles, molded chocolate candies, candy bars, chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.

“If you are curious about chocolate, this is the event of the season,” said Chef Aimee Olson, organizer of the annual show and Chair of TCA’s Pastry Department. She added, “You will learn everything about chocolate from cocoa pod to mole, to candy bar.”

Hourly expert chef demonstrations will feature savory chocolate dishes, including mole and BBQ, with samples available; and children will have an opportunity to decorate chocolate cookie valentines. Ventana, Texas Culinary Academy’s student-run restaurant, will offer a wine tasting and presentation at 1pm by Jane Nickles, TCA wine instructor and author of Winespeak 101. Wines will be paired with sweet and savory chocolate items; cost is $10 per person.

About Paris Gourmet
Established in 1983, Paris Gourmet is a leading specialty food importer and distributor sourcing products worldwide and based in New Jersey servicing the tri-state area and nationally with a network of distributors. Paris Gourmet with their leading brands Cacao Noel, Pastry 1, Beurremont, Gahara Vanilla, Gourmand, Maison De Choix and more has provided hotels, restaurants, patisseries and bakers with quality products for many years. Paris Gourmet is also extremely active in trade events and chef competitions such as the U.S. Pastry Competition.

About Texas Culinary Academy
Texas Culinary Academy, located in Austin, Texas, is a 73,000 square foot facility offering students an education in culinary techniques based on the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu Programs. Our intensive 12- and 15-month programs combine hands-on experience in the kitchen with general education coursework, preparing students with Le Cordon Bleu Culinary skills and the business skills necessary to manage a food-service establishment. TCA is a private, post-secondary institution in partnership with the legendary 108-year old Le Cordon Bleu Program; and located at 11400 Burnet Road. Suite 2100, in Austin, Tx. TCA is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. For more information, go to For more information about Texas Culinary Academy go to or call (888) 553.2433. For more event information throughout the year, visit

Sam Armstrong
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