Harvard Square Chocolate Festival
Harvard Square’s finest restaurants and cafés will embark upon a three-day Chocolate extravaganza!
Join us January 27 – 29, 2012.
Chocolate lovers rejoice! The Harvard Square Business Association and Harvard Square Chocolate Tours are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Chocolate Festival! This three day event includes Dining in the Dark at UpStairs on the Square and Nubar, where diners will be blindfolded and have their senses heightened as they indulge on chocolate meals. Fire + Ice will host Death by Chocolate, a Murder Mystery, where diners will experience delectable chocolate treats and an interactive theatre experience. For those who would like to learn more about the intricacies of chocolate and the chocolate making process, “The Art of Chocolate Tasting” will be hosted by Russell House Tavern and Finale will host “An Evening of Wine and Chocolate”. On Saturday from 1pm – 2pm, Deguglielmo Plaza (in front of Crema Cafe at 27 Brattle Street) will be the location of a free chocolate sampling event featuring delicious chocolate treats from Harvard Square’s finest purveyors along with prizes and entertainment!
Dining in the Dark at Nubar
Friday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m.
Bill Flumerfelt invites you join him for his “first time” ever Dining in the Dark at Nubar, 16 Garden St Cambridge, MA The concept of eating in complete pitch-black originated with Jorge Spielmann, a blind clergyman from Zurich. When guests ate at his home, some would wear blindfolds during their meal to show solidarity with their host and to better understand his world. What his guests, and others around the world have discovered, is that blindfolds heightened their taste of sense and smell, making their dining experience more enjoyable. Founded by David Goldstein, the creator of Boston Chocolate Tours, Mystery Café, and the award-winning TeamBonding, Dining in the Dark provides New England with its first taste of this new dining concept. Reservations are to be made through Nubar. The price per person is $65 and the capacity is 35 attendees.
Nubar, 16 Garden Street – http://nubarcambridge.com/
Saturday, January 28th
Harvard Square Chocolate Treasure Hunt
Stop by our table at Deguglielmo Plaza (27 Brattle Street) to purchase a map which will start your Harvard Square Chocolate Treasure Hunt! The treasure hunt can be completed in as little as 45 minutes but guests are free to take their time and enjoy the square and take as long as they need to complete the hunt. All of the proceeds from the maps, on sale for $1.00 each, go to support the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter.
Saturday, January 28th
Harvard Square Chocolate Sampling Event
From 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Deguglielmo Plaza (27 Brattle Street) will play host to an array of chocolaty samples from restaurants and shops from across Harvard Square.
Saturday January 28
Art of Chocolate Tasting
” The Art of Chocolate Tasting” Guided by our master chocolatier Tim Brown, The Art of Chocolate Tasting explores the rich history of chocolate and the cacao bean, from the mountains of Peru and its divine history among royals, to the sweet delicacies we all enjoy today. Reservations are to be made at www.tasteofchocolate.com Tickets are $25 per person with a capacity of 30 attendees.
Russell House Tavern, 14 JFK Street,
Call 781-784-7469 or buy tickets online:
Saturday January 28
An Evening of Wine and Chocolate
“An Evening of Wine and Chocolate” explores the rich history of wine AND chocolate. The focus is on fun while taking a systematic approach to tasting wine and pairing it with chocolate. You will discuss how chocolate is made, from bean-to-bar, and fine wine from vine-to-glass, and, of course, there’ll be plenty of tasting. Reservations are to be made at www.tasteofchocolate.com. The tickets are $48 per person and the capacity is 25 attendees.
Finale, 30 Dunster Street, http://secure.tasteofchocolate.com/reservations/standard/?location=boston
Saturday January 28
Death by Chocolate (Murder Mystery Dinner)
Fire + Ice
The Mystery Café is America’s Original Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, serving up both meals and laughter since 1986. As Boston’s premiere source of interactive entertainment, you’re not just watching our original comedic plays while dining on a gourmet three course dinner, you are actually a part of the show! Count Chocula welcomes you to ChocoCon 2011! Lady Godiva and Billy Wonka have come together to announce their newest creations. Their innovations are the Golden Ticket to chocolate success! Help Wonka sort through the clues and interrogate the suspects. Find out who was willing to go so far as to cause a… DEATH BY CHOCOLATE! http://www.mysterycafe.com/deathbychocolate/index.html
Tickets are $49.95 per person with a capacity of 150 attendees.
Fire + Ice, 50 Church Street,
Buy tickets at 781-784-7469 or Purchase online: https://secure.mysterycafe.com/reservations/new
UpStairs on the Square – Dining in the Dark
Mary Catherine Deibel and Deborah Hughes invite you join them for their Dining in the Dark at Upstairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge. The concept of eating in complete pitch-black originated with Jorge Spielmann, a blind clergyman from Zurich. When guests ate at his home, some would wear blindfolds during their meal to show solidarity with their host and to better understand his world. What his guests, and others around the world have discovered, is that blindfolds heightened their taste of sense and smell, making their dining experience more enjoyable.
In keeping with the theme of Dining in the Dark and to encourage open sensory paths, the menu for this event will be a surprise to participants. The offering consists of wonderful winter cuisine with a decadent chocolate surprise for dessert. Reservations are to be made through UpStairs on the Square. The price is $60 per person.
UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop Street, http://www.upstairsonthesquare.com/happenings.php
January 28th & 29th
Harvard Square Chocolate Tour
Harvard Square’s exclusive 2 ½-hour walking tour highlights a bustling center of activity, Harvard Square that embodies all that is Cambridge. This historic area is rich in culture, architecture – and of course, fine chocolate. Learn the history and life of chocolate, how luxury chocolates are created, and much more. We can think of no more fun way to spend a weekend afternoon among friends where students and academics mix with tourists and locals to crowd the sidewalks and restaurants learning about and enjoying chocolate. This tour is a great for kids too and we have special kids pricing! Reservations are to be made by calling 781-784-7469 Tickets are $48 with a capacity of 14 attendees per tour.
Here are some of our destinations where you can experience the best chocolate in Harvard Square!
L.A. Burdick who many consider the premiere chocolate shop in the area known for their hot chocolate and their homemade truffles.
Crema Café, this Harvard Square favorite won Boston Magazine’s award for Best Coffeehouse.
Lush specializes in making highly effective, 100% vegetarian (and over 70% vegan!) products for bath, hair and body that are loaded with fresh, natural ingredients including cocoa.
Sweet Cupcake, Harvard Square’s newest favorite cupcake bakery.
JP Licks invites you to enjoy some of the best ice cream and hot chocolate in the region.
Finale Dessert Company is known around the world for their delectable and decadent chocolate desserts!
You’ll pick up plenty of samples as you go, plus tips on tasting, buying and storing fine chocolate.
Not to be missed, a gian cacao bean at the Harvard Musuem of Natural History!
A seven minute walk from Harvard Square, check out Harvard’s Ware Collection of Glass Models of Plants, handcrafted by Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka between 1886 and 1936 near Dresden, Germany. The collection consists of more than 4,000 amazingly realistic glass models of flowering plants, 3,000+ on display – and includes dozens of ‘edible’ plants once used in the study of Economic Botany. 192,000 plus museum visitors/year admire cashew nut, pineapple, banana, Cacao, chocolate, blueberry, cranberry, two kinds of coffee, mango, etc. so skillfully crafted that you’d swear they were real.