GODIVA Announces First Appearance at the 2012 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen

NEW YORK, NY (June 1, 2012) – GODIVA Chocolatier, creators of the world's most elegant, hand-crafted chocolates is proud make its first appearance at the 2012 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen.

Throughout the weekend, GODIVA will be featuring Ice Cream Parlor themed delights in their special Godiva Parlour in the Grand Tasting Tent. In the Parlour, Chef Chris Ford, the first ever FOOD & WINE People’s Best New Pastry Chef, will be sampling his Pistachio Rocky Road Pudding, inspired by the GODVIA Rocky Road Ice Cream Parlor Truffle. Signature GODIVA Ice Cream Parlor Truffles will also be available at the GODIVA Parlour including six masterfully reinterpreted beloved ice cream flavors – Banana Split, Mint Chocolate Chip, Neapolitan, Lemon Sorbet, Pecan Caramel Sundae, Rocky Road and Pistachio. A dessert demo, GODIVA Presents Ultimate Chocolate Desserts, will take place on Saturday, June 16th from 3:45pm-4:30pm partnering GODIVA Chef Chocolatier David Funaro and renowned pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini.

“GODIVA strives to be an innovator in the chocolate confections industry and pursues this pledge through partnerships and collaborations with talented pastry chefs,” states Lauri Kien Kotcher, Chief Marketing Officer at GODIVA. “Our presence at the FOOD & WINE Classic paired with our Culinary Institute of America partnership demonstrates commitment to elevating pastry chefs and dedication to supporting the culinary community and rising pastry stars.”

Festival goers are invited to indulge, relax and discover at the GODIVA Parlour in the Grand Tasting Tent designed by Larry Abel of Abel McCallister Designs.

About the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen
The FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen is the epicurean brand’s signature event, bringing together the world’s foremost authorities on wine and food at over 80 cooking demonstrations and wine seminars. In addition, over 300 wines and luxury lifestyle brands gather together in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, the epicenter of the event, to feature and sample their newest products. Simultaneously, American Express will host its 23rd annual Restaurant Trade Program, a unique educational and networking event developed for the professionals who shape the world of hospitality. Designed to offer the tools and best practices that attendees need to stay ahead in today’s competitive marketplace, the American Express Restaurant Trade Program features a welcome reception, two exclusive opportunities to mix and mingle with fellow Trade attendees, and four panel discussions with leading restaurateurs, chefs and operators. With planning a year in advance, FOOD & WINE identifies the hottest culinary talent and trends and uses its industry connections to bring an all‑star line-up and program to the FOOD & WINE Classic every year.

About the FOOD & WINE Best New Pastry Chefs
After 24 years of naming America’s Best New Chefs, FOOD & WINE editors have for the first time named America’s Best New Pastry Chefs. The editors determined the winners after tasting desserts across the country; only professionals who have run a restaurant pastry kitchen for five years or fewer were eligible. The winners and their recipes are featured in the May issue of FOOD & WINE and on foodandwine.com. Best New Pastry Chef program is sponsored by GODIVA.

About GODIVA Chocolatier
GODIVA was founded 85 years ago in Brussels, Belgium and since then, has grown to become the global leader in premium chocolates. GODIVA is one of the most widely recognized chocolate brands in the world, and one that consumers universally associate with prestige, elegance and quality. From its famous truffles and shellmolded chocolate pieces to its European-style biscuits, gourmet coffees, and hot cocoa, GODIVA Chocolatier is dedicated to excellence and innovation in the Belgian tradition. Most recently, GODIVA has expanded into baked goods and desserts, delighting customers with innovative products such as brownies, cakes and chocolate dipped items, defining itself as the destination for chocolate. www.GODIVA.com.

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