A Chocolate Affair

One of the great things about being a blogger is being able to attend a wide spectrum of events. I love meeting new people and experiencing new things. Another great thing about being a blogger that also is a photographer, is being asked to capture the experience of events. I believe this has become my niche lately. I really try to make the reader feel as if they attended by seeing my photos.  

Last Friday, I was contacted to be the photographer for a Christmas party for International Paper hosted by Phillip Ashley. Any excuse to have Phillip Ashley's chocolate is all it takes for me to gladly accept. I also knew this would be a great event to network as well.  

The Experience

The event was held at Opera Memphis, which is an absolutely beautiful venue! It was a small holiday party, but the guests were very fun. 

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The Chocolates

Now this is what I came for! I can't get enough of Phillip Ashley's bite sized creations. I must admit that I am addicted. Are there meetings for this type of thing?

As you can see, it was a great holiday party! I left with only one concern; I should have went home with more chocolate!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

CHOCTAILS by Phillip Ashley

I was invited out to the sneak preview of Phillip Ashley's newest creation, CHOCTAILS! This is a series of cocktail inspired chocolates only Phillip Ashley could pull off. 

The sampling consisted of 6 truly unique and beautifully designed morsels of chocolate fused with a hint of the cocktails that served as inspiration. Well, some were much more than a hint! 

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I was asked to rank my top 3, and this proved to be a difficult task because they were all great!  I would have to say the Rum Punch is my pick, but the Moscow Mule was so close to taking the top spot! 

There's actual Rum inside!!  

There's actual Rum inside!!  

The new line goes on sale Friday, June 24th and can be purchased in store at 798 S Cooper St or online at www.phillipashleychocolates.com

Also, Phillip Ashley has a new chocolate featuring Local Memphis brewery Wiseacre's Gotta Get Up To Get Down, which is an amazing coffee milk stout. 

In addition to that, Phillip Ashley Chocolates also offers vegan options. 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

 

The chocolate case!  

The chocolate case!  

Phillip Ashley's Spectrum Series - Taste of Memphis

I say often that I love food and that certainly is the truth, but I absolutely love chocolate more than any other food! I can't fully express the love affair that I have with chocolate! I just hope chocolate loves me just as much as I love chocolate! 

Now let me introduce you to the man who brings the very best out of chocolate, Chef Phillip Ashley Rix also known as the Willy Wonka of Memphis. Yes you read that correctly. Willy Wonka! Mr. Ashley left his corporate job and pursued his dream of becoming a chocolatier, and the world is much better because of that extreme career change. 

Phillip Ashley takes chocolates to the next level. Blending unorthodox ingredients such as sweet potatoes, whiskey, even bleu cheese with a wild range of chocolates, all presented in a package that's more like art than something you should be eating. The chocolate simply looks amazing and each has it's own distinct name and personality. 

That brings me to the Spectrum Series by Phillip Ashley. This 4 event series features chocolate tastings paired with a featured spirit. The first of this series was Taste of Memphis, which also paid homage to Memphis in May and it's honored country of Canada with a maple leaf shaped chocolate! The Taste of Memphis event brought Memphis inspired samples from Memphis BBQ infused and banana pudding blended chocolates paired with samples from Pyramid Vodka and High Cotton Brewery. Seriously, who thinks to put BBQ sauce with chocolate? In spite of the odd combination, this crazed wizardry comes together beautifully. 

As you can see, the chocolates are just way too pretty to eat! I wanted to admire them the entire time, but the visuals are only half of the madness behind Phillip Ashley's confectionery masterpieces. A bite into these little chocolate morsels and your taste buds will simply explode! I never thought that chocolate and sweet potatoes could go together so well! You seriously have to check out all that Phillip Ashley has to offer over at phillipashleychocolates.com.  

You can also go check out the store located at 798 South Cooper in Midtown Memphis. The store is open to the the public Thursday through Saturday. Also, if you buy chocolates, bring your container back to get 10% off! Who doesn't like to recycle or to save! Phillip Ashley also has Vegan options as well! See, something for everyone! 

Without further ado, here are some pictures from the Taste of Memphis event. I really enjoyed the event and I highly encourage you to check out the Spectrum series. Click HERE for more details on the next event, Tequila Sunset! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

Wine, Whiskey and Chocolates in the Garden!

I had the opportunity to go to an amazing event at the Memphis Botanic Garden; Whiskey, Wine and Chocolates presented by Strategic Resource Management. This was an awesome experience not only because it featuring chocolates by Memphis' own Phillip Ashley, but because it was at the beautiful Memphis Botanic Garden. 

It's always nice to get dressed up and spend an evening in the garden. What better way to enjoy that than with Wine, Whiskey and Chocolate? The Memphis Botanic Garden is more than just beautiful, well manicured flowers. It also boasts some incredible artwork. The current exhibit on display is Light and Shadows by Agustin Diaz and Francisco Gonzalez.

This sold out event did not disappoint at all and the pairings were well thought out. Who knew that Wiseacre Brewery's Gotta get up to get Down paired so well with Crescendo chocolates? My favorite pairing was actually a 2 way tie between the Belle Meade Bourbon paired with Nice and Neat and Dionysus paired with Love Pinot Noir. Everything was great and you'll find it very hard to find any Phillip Ashley Chocolate that you don't like. 

My favorite part of the events in Memphis hands down is seeing the Memphians out and about. Memphis is home to some great looking people that love to get out and support the city. I think they secretly loved the idea of wine and whiskey as well, but they looked amazing doing so! 

All in all, this was an incredible event. I met some great people, tasted some amazing chocolates paired with some incredible spirits, and and got to see some great floral and artwork. I encourage you to get out and experience Memphis Botanic Garden. 

 

Starting March 29th, Botanic Garden will feature Vine to Wine at the Garden. A monthly wine tasting running through October. I will make sure to remind you guys of the dates. you can click HERE for more details and dates as well. 

I've attended these in the past and I must admit they are very nice events that feature food from local businesses. This is where i was introduced to the amazing One and Only BBQ. Also, it's a great place to take a date..hint, hint. Come on it's wine, food and around flowers and gardens...it can be a great place to go mingle or spark that flame!!

Life is for Living,

Michael B.