Chorney-Booth: Ten Degrees turns ethically sourced beans into locally produced chocolate bars

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“When we put together our kitchen team, I really wanted to make sure that everyone had a really good palate so that they could pick out the subtleties in the chocolate,” Scott-Roedel says. “We’re all very creative and helping out each other to come up with new things.”

Pictured are chocolate bonbons at Ten Degrees Chocolate in Calgary on Thursday, October 22, 2020. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia
Chocolate bonbons at Ten Degrees Chocolate. Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia Photo by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

While the café is a lovely (and well-spaced) place to enjoy lunch or those hot drinks, the real magic happens in the events space, where Ten Degrees holds a series of events, ranging from chocolate making and chocolate pairing seminars to a Halloween Willy Wonka-themed cocktail party. Perhaps most intriguing, though, are Mawson and Flohr’s weekly Chef’s Table nights, which let the chefs run wild with both sweet and savoury chocolate creations. Each event involves a level of collaboration, with partners like Spolumbo’s, Grizzly Paw Brewing and the SAIT Culinary Campus all slated to participate in upcoming events. Tickets to the four-course Chef’s Table dinners are $70, excluding beverage pairings.

Ten Degrees Chocolate is located at 818 16th Ave. S.W. The store and café are open Tuesday through Sunday and can be reached at tendegreeschocolate.ca or 587-352-2626.

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If you’re out for a mountain escape over the next two weeks, Banff and Lake Louise’s Taste For Adventure dining festival is now in full swing. On until Nov. 13, the festival features 27 local restaurants, all serving exclusive fixed price menus to showcase their own style of mountain cuisine. The menus range from affordable multi-course gourmet meals to deals on pizza and burgers. Participating restaurants include new Bow Valley hot spots like Farm and Fire and The Radiant, as well as old favourites like the Grizzly House and Magpie and Stump. For more information and a full list of restaurants, visit banfflakelouise.com/tasteforadventure.

Elizabeth Chorney-Booth can be reached at elizabooth@gmail.com. Follow her on Twitter at @elizaboothy or Instagram at @elizabooth.

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