Are you ready to indulge in a selection of sweet somethings, Chicago?
On Sunday, the inaugural Chicago Chocolate Week, a weeklong celebration of the sweet treat, kicked off in the lead up to the first-ever Chicago Fine Chocolate Show, which will be held Nov. 16-18 at Navy Pier.
In honor of the occasion, some of the city's most acclaimed restaurants and bakeries will be serving up special signature Chocolate Week dishes through Nov. 18. Part of the proceeds from their sales will benefit Share Our Strength, a non-profit organization working to end childhood hunger.
The Chicago Fine Chocolate Show will include samplings of fine chocolates, chocolate-centric education sessions, chocolate demonstrations and, yes, a chocolate art gallery. Tickets to the event are still available for $25, or $10 for children. A companion trade show -- the National Chocolate Show -- will also be held the same weekend in the same venue.
Scroll down to check out some of the special Chocolate Week desserts:
Sable Kitchen & Bar (505 N. State St.)
Dark Chocolate Souffle Cake – Peanut butter sauce, salted caramel ice cream <em>($9)</em>
Floriole Bakery and Café (1220 W. Webster Ave.)
Cranberry Chocolate Spice Tart – Cranberry chocolate ganache topped with cranberry gelee in a gingerbread crust <em>($5.75)</em>
Filini (221 N. Columbus Dr.)
Cioccolatissimo – Soft center chocolate cake, chestnut cream, rum raisin gelato, raisin chestnut confit <em>($9)</em>
Terzo Piano (159 E. Monroe St.)
Tainori Chocolate Tart with Primolio ice cream and sea salt <em>($9)</em>
Mercadito (108 W. Kinzie St.)
Pastel de Chocolate – Chile ancho spiced chocolate cake <em>($9)</em>
N9NE Steakhouse (440 W.Randolph St.)
Chocolate – Velvet mousse cake, Godiva chocolate sauce, Fudgsicle sorbet <em>($9)</em>
Tavernita (151 W. Erie St.)
Pan con Chocolate – Toasted brioche, chocolate ganache, texturized Castillo olive oil, malted sea salt <em>($8)</em>
Storefront Company (1941 W. North Ave.)
Chocolate – Pudding, white cheese cake, marshmallow, ice cream, dehydrated cake, malted crumb, chards <em>($9)</em>
Chicago Cut Steakhouse (300 N. La Salle Dr.)
Chocolate Cake - Four layer chocolate ganache cake with creme Anglaise, homemade chocolate sauce and fresh berries <em>($9)</em>
Mexique (1529 W. Chicago Ave.)
Chocolate Tamal - Dark Bitter Chocolate with Vanilla Ice Cream <em>($8.95)</em>
Fritz Pastry (1408 W. Diversey Parkway)
Mocha Macaron made with HalfWit coffee roasters Triforce Espresso blend and dark chocolate <em>($1.35 each, $10 dozen)</em>
Hash House a Go Go (1212 N. State Parkway)
Snickers Bread Pudding with whipped cream, chocolate, and caramel <em>($7.95)</em>
Bar Toma (110 E. Pearson St.)
Gelato Tartufi – Chocolate gelato bites dipped in dark chocolate <em>($4)</em>