Above: Truffles by Francois Kwaku-Dongo
CR Sandro de Carvalho


The Big Chocolate Show hits NYC for its third year of outlandish chocolate indulgences, held Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel. More than 200 chocolatiers, artisans, chefs, authors, purveyors and experts from around the world will be offering chocolate tastings, live demonstrations, book signings and master tasting classes all weekend long at this family-friendly event.

Fairfield County has three local artisan chocolate purveyors and chocolatiers making a presence this year: Noteworthy Chocolates in Bethel, Shirley Delicious Confections in Stamford and Francois Fwaku-Dongo of Omanhene Chocolate and Roger Sherman Inn of New Canaan.


Francois Kwaku-Dongo of Roger Sherman Inn in New Canaan, who is also head chef and director of culinary services at Omanhene Chocolate, grew up on his grandmother’s cocoa farm in Africa. Chocolate is his specialty, and he will be hosting a main stage demo on Saturday, September 29, of making Chocolate Truffles infused with Bird Eye Chili from the Ivory Coast and coffee.

Francois Kwaku-Dongo of Roger Sherman Inn CR Sandro de Carvalho


Chocolate dessert created by Francois Kwaku-Dongo CR Contributed



Jennifer Sauvagea of Noteworthy Chocolates, which she co-owns along with her husband, Michael, creates custom engraved chocolates for consumers, businesses and events. They use Fair Trade chocolate from Guittard Chocolate Company exclusively, and each chocolate is hand-dusted with edible glitter dust to add shimmer and help the engravings really “pop.” As a sponsor of The Big Chocolate Show this year, they’ve designed chocolates for the Legends of Chocolate reception and for a special Press Preview Event launch party.

As a sponsor of The Big Chocolate Show 2018, Noteworthy Chocolates created milk chocolate medallions for the Legends of Chocolate event (see more at the TBCS website) CR Contributed



Shirley Delicious Confections of Stamford is a mother-daughter company that produces one-of-a kind chocolate confections. They make perfect party favors and hostess gifts that can be personalized for special occasions. They will be serving their signature toffee along with milk chocolate pretzel confections that they like to call CEJOs, which stands for Can’t Eat Just One.

CEJOs made with organic pretzels, milk chocolate and candy-coated chocolate pieces CR Contributed


The Big Chocolate Show kicks off Chocolate Week in NYC, which runs from September 28 through October 5. For tickets and more information, visit http://bigchocolateshow.com.

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