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The Best Bets For The Weekend At The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show

Pastry chef and Top Chef Just Desserts contestant Melissa Camacho and designer Elisa Jimenez, Project Runway alum in costumes inspired by Broadway's Wicked. (credit: The New York Chocolate Show)

Pastry chef and Top Chef Just Desserts contestant Melissa Camacho and designer Elisa Jimenez, Project Runway alum in costumes inspired by Broadway’s Wicked. (credit: The New York Chocolate Show)

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By Siobhan Wallace

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show is back in New York City this weekend, again taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street.

The event opened Wednesday evening with the annual Chocolate Fashion Show, this year’s inspiration being Broadway musicals.

The sweetest parts of the show, however, have yet to happen. Here’s a rundown of the vendors and demonstrations not to be missed.

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Throughout the show, there are numerous culinary demonstrations in two different theaters plus on-going book signings. A highlight Thursday was a chocolate-making demonstration “Spilling the Beans – Why direct trade chocolate?” hosted by Rhonda Kave of Roni-Sue Chocolates and Jeff Pzena of MOHO Chocolate Company.

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A scene from the Chocolate Fashion Show, the kickoff to the 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show. (credit: Siobhan Wallace)

Both are also exhibiting on the main floor throughout the weekend — stop by Roni-Sue for a taste of her unique pickle truffle or MOHO for a quick lesson what it takes to make chocolate.

The exquisite Guittard presents one of their chefs Friday afternoon for a demonstration on how to make a Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with Spiced Cream and Orange Sauce.

The perfect dessert to impress all of your friends and family after the Thanksgiving bird.

Or you can attend “Chocolate Orange Panna Cotta” given by Serena Palumbo of The Next Food Network Star fame.

Sunday afternoon two fantastic pastry chefs and stars from Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts, Flex Mussels’ Zac Young and Jean Georges’ Johnny Iuzzini, will both be in the culinary kitchen theater.

Chef Young will be teaching a lesson on “Chocolate Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheesecake” while Chef Iuzzini will show the audience how to create a four star dessert at home.

In between classes, make sure to hit up some local favorites including Brooklyn’s Liddabit Sweets, Peanut Butter & Co–who will have their fantastic brownies and cookies on hand, Salt of the Earth Bakery, François Payard Bakery, and Jacques Torres.

Also on hand are a number of vendors straight from France–Chocolat Michel Cluizel, Valhrona, and Maison Boissier. There’s also California’s Quady Winery presenting dessert wines to pair chocolate with, and the healthy Gnosis Chocolate who’s bars are enriched with superfoods and herbs.

The 14th Annual New York Chocolate Show will be taking place until Sunday, November 13th and tickets are still on sale at chocolateshow2011.eventbrite.com.

Siobhan Wallace is the co-founder of BlondieandBrownie.com.