If you haven’t made it to the 13th Annual Chocolate Show yet this weekend, DROP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND RUN to Metropolitan Pavilion (123 W. 18th Street) now before the 4 day celebration ends at 7pm.  Today is the last day to catch over 50 chocolatiers and award winning chefs/authors from all over the world handing out samples and selling their tasty treats.

The minute you enter the building, the cacao bean takes center stage with amazing costumes on display crafted out of – you guessed it – chocolate!  We missed the opening night preview and fashion show on Wednesday evening, and you can bet that next year it will be on our calendar.

There are several interactive elements to the show for all age groups, including the Kids Zone, a Cafe Bustelo coffee cafe for relaxing, two Dacor culinary theatres for cooking demos, and a Barnes & Noble Bookstore for book signings.  I was lucky enough to meet the famous Jacques Torres when I stopped by, and he was happily chatting away with guests as he signed his latest cookbook.

Founders and producers Sylvie Douce and Francois Jeantet continue to bring the show to New York and Paris for obvious reasons, however this year they are excited to expand the tour to include Moscow, Madrid, Cairo, Tokyo and 6 other Japanese hubs.  The show continues to grow in size and stature, and promises to delight patrons with their passion for chocolate in full display.

Don’t miss this fantastic celebration of chocolate today!  The producers promise that this year’s show will end on a happy chocolate-inspired note, so plan to stay until they close at 7pm!