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Guitar Orchestra of Seattle, Sat June 2, 2pm

Thanks to Mark Hilliard Wilson’s Guitar Orchestra of Seattle for performing at the store Saturday, June 2 at 2pm. We were treated to selections by Handel, The Beatles, and Mark’s own compositions.

Group Portrait Show May 12 – June 3

Chocolat Vitale’s Group Portrait Show is on: opening during the BIG Phinney Art Walk Friday, May 11 from 6-9pm, and Saturday, May 12 from noon-5pm. A large assortment of contemporary, vintage and antique portraits are on display: oils, pastels, photographs and prints. Through June 3.

Mother’s Day – May 13

We have just about anything a chocolate / tea / coffee-loving mom could possibly want – plus some surprises!

If you would like to order something from our store to include with your internet order, please give us a call at (206) 297-0863. We’re always happy to consult with you for the perfect gift!

Ree Brown Show April 13 – May 6.

With no formal training, Ree Brown began drawing and painting in the 1970’s after his retirement. Encouraged by his friend, artist Jay Steensma, he began painting images of cats, birds and people on paper bags, cardboard and other scraps of paper. Steensma brought his work to the attention of a gallery in New York, and at the age of 86, Ree is still painting and showing. The Seattle Stranger calls his work, “Bright, sweet, and contentedly imperfect.” Ree himself describes his process: “Generally, I’m just more or less pleased to accept whatever happens. But sometimes, once in a while there are some that are exceptional.”

Watch a profile of Ree Brown here.

Jump to our Art Walk page here.

On display March 9-31 – Joe Reno

From February 21, 2012

Chocolat Vitale presents recent works by Seattle artist Joe Reno

March 9 – 31, 2012
Opening reception during PhinneyWood Art UP art walk,
Friday March 9 from 6-9pm.

Chocolat Vitale
6257 3rd Ave NW (corner of 65th St)
Seattle, WA 98107

Hours: Thurs-Sat 11-7, Sat 12-5, or by appointment

(206) 297-0863

Last-minute Valentine’s shopper?

From February 14, 2012

We’re having a last-minute pop-up Valentine’s Day boutique at Chocolat Vitale, today, Tuesday Feb. 14 from 10am-6pm. Our neighbors, Emerald City Orchids, are swapping product with us, so you can get orchids and chocolate at either shop while they last.

Come by!

In-store performance Sat Jan 21 @2pm

From January 14, 2012

We are hosting San Francisco band The Family Crest for an in-store performance on Saturday, January 21 at 2pm. They are on a 31 day residency in Seattle, during which they plan to play at least 31 shows.

The Family Crest began as a collaborative recording project in 2008 with a vision to change the way music is made. Gathering friends, fans, musicians, and non-musicians alike, the group began to record songs in bars, churches, streets, and other unconventional locations. Their collaborative approach quickly grew steam, evolving into a seven-piece orchestral indie rock band with over 250 ‘Extended Family Members’ participating in recordings, live performances, and media projects.

The Family Crest’s debut EP, Songs from the Valley Below, and live performances have created a buzz within the Bay Area, drawing acclaim from the blogosphere, radio waves, and journalists. Highlights include sold-out performances at favorite Bay Area venues including Fox Theater Oakland, Cafe Du Nord, and Bottom of the Hill.

Backstory: Members of the band stopped in our store in Ballard (they are big chocolate and coffee connoisseurs), and we had just heard them perform live the day before on KEXP! Because of their interest in chocolate, and to help them reach their 31 show goal, we thought it would be great to have them here.

Hope you will come by!

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate is here!

From November 4, 2011

We have been carrying Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate in our store, and customers are loving these hand-made, single-origin, organic, bean-to-bar chocolates. Now we’re making them available to our web customers here!

Fall Recipe: Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Cookies

From September 30, 2011

Enjoy the fall pumpkin harvest with these delicious cookies, using
Chocolat Vitale Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate!

Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Cookies

Prep time: 15 min Cooking time: 20-25 min

· 8 oz pumpkin, seeded
· 1 stick (1/2C) unsalted butter, softened
· 1/2C superfine sugar
· 1 egg
· 1 1/4C old-fashioned oatmeal
· 1C self-rising flour
· 3 1/2 oz Chocolat Vitale Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
· confectioners sugar for dusting

1. Grease two baking sheets. Cut away the skin from
the pumpkin and finely grate the flesh.

2. Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in the grated
pumpkin, then the egg, oatmeal, flour, and chocolate chips.

3. Place teaspoonfuls of the mixture on the baking sheets and
flatten them slightly with the back of a spoon.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF for about 20-25 minutes
until risen and pale golden. Leave on the baking sheets for
2 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Dust lightly with the confectioner’s sugar.

Makes about 25 cookies

Chocolat Vitale in the Press!

From January 28, 2011

Sarah Kliff of BBC.com featured Chocolat Vitale in her article on Seattle’s chocolate scene:

In February, Chocolat Vitale will open its first retail boutique. The new store will feature Chocolat Vitale’s nine drinking chocolate blends, as well as hard-to-find brands from across Europe, a treat that connoisseurs and chocolate amateurs alike can enjoy. For those who cannot wait for doors to open, you can currently purchase all Chocolate Vitale products online.