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March 3, 2014: GODIVA Announces 2014 Lady GODIVA Program Honorees

On March 3, GODIVA announced an exciting change to the Lady GODIVA Program – expanding from honoring one inspiring woman each year to honoring three. GODIVA surprised this year’s honorees – Erin Dinan (One Sandwich at a Time), Stephanie Bowman (One Heart for Women & Children), and Molly Rockamann (EarthDance Farms) – at a breakfast at the Rent the Runway Showroom at Henri Bendel in New York City. Jenny Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway, welcomed the honorees, their friends and families, and media, to the showroom, speaking about how important it is to celebrate strong and empowered women. Jim Goldman, GODIVA CEO and Jeri Finard, President of GODIVA North America, spoke about the Lady GODIVA Program and introduced the honorees. Each woman will receive a $10,000 grant towards her philanthropic work. You can learn more about the honorees and nominate an inspiring woman you know to be one of the next Lady GODIVA Honorees at www.ladygodivaprogram.com.

2014 Lady Godiva Program Honorees

January 12, 2014: GODIVA at the Golden Globes After-Party

On Sunday, January 12, GODIVA once again constructed a decadent chocolate lounge at the Warner Bros. and InStyle Golden Globe After-Party. This is the eighth year that GODIVA has participated, and stars continue to look forward to the lounge as one of the sweetest parts of the awards. This year, a series of sculptural chocolate installations incorporated artistic interpretations of heart images and paid homage to romantic film and television scenes including a “Romantic Dinner for Two,” “The Game of Love,” and “Love Letters.” Set amidst a whimsical setting filled with shimmering gold accents and lavish truffle displays, guests were encouraged to 'find the heart' in each chocolate display while indulging in rich GODIVA desserts. In addition to the lounge, guests were able to enjoy GODIVA during the ceremony with a GODIVA chocolate bar, as well as an 8 piece gold ballotin on each place setting.

To view more photos from the lounge, view our Facebook album

GODIVA at the Golden Globes After-Party

September 13, 2013: The Lady Godiva Program at NASDAQ

GODIVA CEO Jim Goldman and Lady Godiva Program honoree Heidi Markow of the Beginning Over Foundation rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ Stock Market on Friday, September 13. This was an amazing opportunity to bring national awareness to both the Lady Godiva Program and Beginning Over Foundation. Joined by their teams, both Jim and Heidi spoke briefly about their causes, and then at 4 pm rang the closing bell together. During this time, the GODIVA Truffle Flight video as well as the Beginning Over Foundation logo was displayed on a multi-story screen for all of Times Square to see. We are honored and proud to support Heidi’s efforts, and hope that this national platform helps bring awareness to her cause.

To view photos and video from the event, click HERE.

June 1, 2013: GODIVA attends the 2013 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

GODIVA was a fan favorite at the 2013 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen this year. Over the three day food and wine festival, held in beautiful Aspen, Colorado, GODIVA featured its Freshly Dipped Caramel Crunch bars. GODIVA Senior Chef Chocolatier David Funaro was onsite, along with GODIVA fan Food Network star Duff Goldman, to give attendees an inside look to the world of chocolate. The two pastry chefs created a show stopping GODIVA Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Lava Cake and beautiful Aspen leaf-shaped tuilles for decoration at the Chocolate Lover’s Only seminar sponsored by GODIVA. Guests enjoyed the salty and sweet GODIVA Chocolate Covered Pretzels during a gorgeous gondola ride down Aspen Mountain and the Last Bite Dessert Party was a dessert-filled after party featuring GODIVA favorites including Open Oyster, Birthday Cake Bark, Dark Chocolate Almond Bark and more.

Check out a behind the scenes video here.

May 29, 2013: The Votes are in!  Congratulations to our 2013 Local Lady GODIVA Honorees.

Launched a year ago, the Lady GODIVA Program is a cause marketing effort that honors inspirational women who give back to their communities. Through an online nomination and voting period, GODIVA asks communities from around the country to tell us who inspires them in the categories of Health, Wellness & Hunger; Children, Families & Poverty; and the Environment – and the results are amazing.  Log on to www.LadyGODIVAProgram.com to learn more about these inspirational women.  On behalf of the Lady GODIVA Program, GODIVA will donate $3,000 to each women to help further their work. 

February 21-24, 2013:GODIVA makes a splash at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

For the 5th consecutive year, GODIVA participated in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, a premier festival attracting the foodies and world class chefs of Florida. Throughout the weekend, GODIVA served chocolate and one-of-a-kind desserts by GODIVA Senior Chef Chocolatier David Funaro to more than 10,000 culinary enthusiasts. And for the first time in South Beach, GODIVA hosted its own branded dessert event GODIVA Indulge hosted by Food Network star Chef Duff Goldman. Here’s a peak at the fun festivities:

The Q and The Q After Dark
This barbeque and champagne event on the beach was hosted by Food Network stars Paula Deen and Sons and GODIVA served up a one-of-a-kind GODIVA Chilled Peach & Chocolate Cobbler by Chef David. Guests enjoyed hanging out in the GODIVA lounge area and trying some of our favorite truffles as well.

Burger Bash
One of the most popular events of the weekend, Burger Bash was hosted by Food Network star Rachael Ray and attracted the largest foodie crowd of the weekend. Chefs Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Michael Simon and others were on-site cooking up some of the world’s best hamburgers. GODIVA created a delectable Chocolate Bar serving our favorite truffles, chocolate pieces, barks and brownies.

              

GODIVA Indulge
For the first time in South Beach, GODIVA hosted the GODIVA Indulge dessert party with Food Network star Chef Duff Goldman. The late-night event for chocolate lovers only was located on the rooftop of the ever trendy Dream Hotel and featured six pastry chefs including Chef David creating desserts with GODIVA. Chef Duff created one of his infamous decorative cakes and served cakes inspired by our Hummingbird, Hazelnut Praline and Dark Chocolate truffles.

Red Hot Night by Target
GODIVA was excited to team up with Target, one of our great partners, at Red Hot Night. The Latin-themed event featured amazing chefs and a specialty dessert by Chef David called GODIVA Chocolate Catalan Crème with Passion fruit. A great way to end a wonderful weekend!

January 31, 2013:Katie Holmes & Nick Cannon Share The Love with GODIVA for Valentine's Day!

On January 31, Katie Holmes and Nick Cannon stopped by the Rockefeller GODIVA Boutique separately to celebrate the launch of GODIVA’s “Share the Love” sweeps and take their picture in a one-of-a-kind GODIVA Chocolate Photo Booth. Holmes stopped by the store with her mom and aunt to stock up on her favorite chocolates for an upcoming girls’ weekend and posed with them in the photo booth. Before perusing the Chocolate Case and picking her favorites, she also tried out her dipping skills by helping the staff drizzle GODIVA chocolate on strawberry and banana kabobs.

              

Nick Cannon invited consumers to stop by the GODIVA Boutique via Twitter to take pictures with him in the Chocolate Photo Booth on the evening of January 31. Cannon cheesed it up for the camera posing with customers and enjoying chocolate covered strawberries. A self-proclaimed romantic and candy lover, Cannon left the Boutique with matching GODIVA Bears for his twins and plenty of Chocolate Covered Strawberries for his wife.

Enjoy our sizzle reel of all of the excitement at the Rockefeller Store!

January 13, 2013:GODIVA at the Golden Globes

On Sunday, January 13th, GODIVA honored the Hollywood Foreign Press Association by sharing their love for chocolate and cinema at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards. For the seventh consecutive year, GODIVA delivered the ultimate decadence to Hollywood insiders with an elaborate chocolate lounge at the Warner Brothers and InStyle Post-Golden Globe Party. The 8pc Gold Ballotin was also featured at each place setting and backstage at the award show.

To celebrate the season of love, GODIVA created various chocolate installations as an expression of the brand’s love and dedication to television and film. Inspired by romance and treasured film moments, the chocolate exhibition featured six unique and elegant chocolate inscriptions of the word “LOVE” on rose petal and GODIVA gold ballotin walls. Guests at this year’s party indulged in GODIVA chocolates and chocolate covered strawberries while being entranced by a romantic room of red roses, candlelight, shimmering gold accents and decadent GODIVA chocolate.

Click here to watch a behind the scenes video of the Making of the GODIVA Lounge. For more images, visit our Golden Globes album on Facebook.

December 10-24, 2012:Deck the Halls with GODIVA Pinterest promotion

Wrapped in seasonally festive packing,  how can you choose just one gift from our collection of fine Belgian chocolates? Join the Deck the Halls with GODIVA Pinterest promotion and share which of our whimsical holiday gifts you would give or include in your ultimate holiday celebrations.  For more  information, visit us on Facebook or our Deck the Halls with GODIVA Pinterest Board. At the end of each day we will pick one lucky pinner to win the gift he/she repinned. Happy Pinning!

Promotion runs from December 10th until Friday, December 24th.

November 15-18, 2012: Join Us at the Flavor! Napa Valley Wine & Food Festival

GODIVA once again attended the 2nd Annual Flavor! Napa Valley featuring world class wineries and restaurants from Napa. GODIVA was featured in desserts by world renowned chefs Johnny Iuzzini and Jeffrey Jake at the Welcome Dinner honoring Larry Forgione and the Winemaker's Dinner featuring the greatest wineries and winemakers in Napa Valley. Our very own Senior Chef Chocolatier David Funaro was on-site to participate in the events - including an amazing Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Sommelier Karen MacNeil. The seminar paired favorite GODIVA Large Tablet bars - including Dark Chocolate Sea Salt, Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel and Extra Dark Santo Domingo - with Roses, Cabernets and Ports from the famous wine region.

All of the proceeds from this unique festival go to the scholarship fund at The Culinary Institute of America -- where GODIVA also supports through their own GODIVA Chocolatier Bakery & Pastry scholarship given three times a year to an aspiring chocolatier.

October 11-14, 2012: GODIVA at the New York City Wine & Food Festival

Check out our behind-the-scenes video of all the action: NYC Wine & Food Festival.

On October 12th, GODIVA presents SWEET! event celebrated the fifth year of the New York City Wine & Food Festival and the SWEET! event that brings together dessert lovers for a night filled with sugary goodness and celebrity encounters. Sandra Lee of the Food Network’s Semi-Homemade Cooking hosted the occasion once again, and our dessert partner Chef Duff Goldman created a six-foot cake to celebrate the anniversary of the festival and the launch of our new Cake Truffles. Our own Senior Chef Chocolatier David Funaro created a one-of-a-kind dessert called the GODIVA SWEET 5, inspired by the Birthday Cake Truffle. More than 1,600 people attended the event, and Food Network stars such as Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, Marcus Samuelsson, Robert Irvine, and Anne Burrell were seen enjoying the more than 30 variety of sweet creations including GODIVA chocolates. And, of course, GODIVA held the annual SWEETest challenge, allowing attendees to vote for their favorite treat. Almost half of the participating pastry chefs used GODIVA in their desserts, making the treats that much more enticing. Avid GODIVA fan Chef Elizabeth Karmel from Hill Country BBQ won the SWEETest Award for her PB&J Cupcake topped with Godiva Chocolate Pearls.

Attendees also enjoyed a GODIVA branded photo booth to capture great memories of great dessert, great people and of course great chocolate! http://guestar.exposuremanager.com/g/godiva

Go to NYC Wine & Food Festival for details.

Get ready for some fun and fabulous food – plus the chance to win a Cake Bash in Los Angeles! – with our fall lineup of special events.

September 2012: Our New Cake Truffles Are Here!

When we put Godiva’s Executive Chef Thierry Muret in the kitchen with chef Duff Goldman, star of the Food Network’s show Ace of Cakes, they created a taste sensation: a new limited edition Cake Truffles Collection, featuring four whimsical truffles.

To celebrate, we’re offering one lucky chocolate lover the opportunity to win an over-the-top Cake Bash with Duff Goldman at his acclaimed Charm City Cakes Bakery in Los Angeles. The Godiva Cake Bash sweepstakes winner will head to Los Angeles with up to six friends to mix it up and bake cakes with Duff Goldman himself. Enter online at facebook.com/godiva.

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