Friday, March 26, 2010

Chocolate Indulgence Party

I've been looking forward to the Koko Black chocolate party so much. Apparently one of the junior finalists had been sleeping with her invite under her pillow for weeks, so we heard last night. While mine hasn't been under my pillow, it's certainly been in a prominent position in our kitchen where I could glance at it regularly and dream of a Willy Wonka-style event where a chocolate river would flow through the venue and walls could be tasted and samples could be had wherever you turned. Well, it wasn't far off this little fantasy.

The party was upstairs in the Lygon Street Koko Black store. When we got there it was chock-a-block full (er, pardon the pun) of people and silver platters of Koko Black's handcrafted chocolates were circulating freely. Needless to say, Kim and I obliged whenever a platter was held out to us. Then drinks orders were taken. We could have whatever we liked! Kim spotted someone's extremely decadent-looking iced-chocolate in a small fish-bowl-type glass and when we were asked what we'd like we pointed at this magnificent drink and said, 'that, please!' We really are very civilised. We knew we were in for the long haul when they brought us spoons for our drinks. Like Kim said, it was like a sundae, but with milk. It was divine.

Only problem was we sort of spoiled our appetites. Because the chocolate kept coming. It wasn't just the handcrafted chocolates that were offered, but after a while small serves of chocolate ice-cream came around, then chocolate mousse, and then little chocolate muffins, and then a different kind of chocolate muffin. Oh, it was torture. We couldn't eat any of these delicacies! But that iced-chocolate was worth it, let me tell you.

It was such a fun party. How could a party based on chocolate not be the best?! After we'd gorged on choc treats good and proper, the winners were announced. I had been speaking to the runner-up earlier in the day - Daniella Germain's beautiful, skillful 'Finders Keepers' was commended. Congrats, Daniella! The people's choice award went to Katja Krummel for 'Bubbles' - rightly so, it's gorgeous - and the runner-up people's choice went to Maxim Poole, who's only 14 years old! Congrats, Maxim! And the winner, which I admired greatly when I saw this amazing piece in the Royal Arcade, was Christine Larson's ' of the gods'. The detail in this piece is incredible. Very inspiring. And Kim and I didn't go away empty handed. We got Koko Black goody-bags that won't last long in this house, that's for sure.

Thank you to everyone who was kind enough to vote for my piece! I'm not sure when they will announce the winner of the hamper, but I really hope it's you!