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February First Friday – Tour de Chocolat’
February 5, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Break free from your post holiday hibernation and head downtown for a celebration of art, culture, history and – of course – CHOCOLATE!
Our unique Businesses across Downtown Bloomington will offer a variety of chocolate samples for folks to try along with in store specials that should not be missed!
More details to be added – Here what we have lined up so far:
McLean County Museum of History – 200 N. Main. Partnering with BEER NUTS who will be donating items from Long Grove Confectionery ( the company that helped in the creation of BEER NUTS Peanut Clusters!). The museum will be offering milk chocolate and dark chocolate covered pretzels as well as milk and dark chocolate covered graham crackers.
Red Raccoon Games – 309 N. Main. Hosting WHISK ( A Farmers’ Market FAVE!) who will be serving samples of Double Chocolate Chocolate Cherry Chip Walnut Bread and Chocolate Raspberry Brio. Also, Chef Bobby will have a variety of items FOR SALE with 20% of sales going directly to the Community Health Care Clinic.
Mid City Salon and Spa – 314 N. Main – Pamper yourself!
Main Gallery 404 – 404 N. Main. Chocolate drinks and Treats.Also featuring handcrafted jewelry, the perfect Valentine Gift, and we will also hold a drawing for “A Private Night at the Gallery” along with a $25 gift certificate. “A Private Night at the Gallery” allows the winner to invite up to 10 people and to use the gallery for their own private event. Entry forms are available at Main Gallery 404. Rules and regulations are stated on the entry form. Winner does not need be present to win.
Coffee Hound – 407 N. Main. Featuring a Special Chocolate Menu and warm drinks for the evening.
That Dapper Pet – 416 N. Main. Featuring Chocolate Truffles, and offering buy one, get one 1/2 off doggy day care ( limit 2 per person). Also – hosting an adoption event with Wishbone.
Bobzbay – 419 N. Main. Offering Fair Trade Chocolate samples ( available for sale at Crossroads) Special offers include:
All Used books – 10% off
All vinyl (LP’s) 10% off
All $1 books will be buy one, get one ( Limit 5 free)
All $1 DVD’s will be buy one, get one ( Limit 5 free)
Fat Jack’s – 511 N. Main. Featuring Ferken Chocolate Stout from White Oak Brewing. Tapping the keg at 5 pm.
Common Ground Grocery – 516 N. Main. We’ll have something sweet, something savory and something to warm up with! Offering 10% Off Chocolate Bars from 5-8
All chocolate bars from Equal Exchange, Sjaak’s Raw Mio, Lulu and more will be 10% off during the tour. In addition, they’ve recently added a new line of chocolates from Ethereal Confections. Made in Woodstock, IL, Ethereal prides themselves on premium ingredients and interesting flavor combinations.
Monroe Street Studios – 101 W. Monroe
Please join the artists at the Monroe Building, Jeff Little, Joann Goetzinger, Darin Dawdy, and Angel Ambrose as they host The Olive Bin. The Olive Bin will be serving Blood Orange Brownies, vanilla and chocolate ice cream, with their 18-Year Traditional, Black Cherry, Raspberry, and Dark Chocolate balsamic vinegars for people to try. One lucky winner will win a 6-pack Sampler Set.
In addition, please visit the individual studios of:
Joann Goetzinger Fine Art Studio – Suite 210
Vegan and Gluten Free Chocolates! Drawing for free small art piece.
Angel Ambrose Fine Art Studio – Suite 201
Art and White Chocolate Raspberry Cream Cheese, Double Chocolate Espresso Bites, and Chocolates
ALSO on MONROE:
Inside Out Accessible Art – 200 W. Monroe. Featuring chocolate refreshments as well as live music from the Hedge Apples ( dulcimer, guitar, and harp). Beautiful local art and handmade gifts and accessories and art education.
Refine 309 – 200 W. Monroe – Mini cupcakes from Sweet Temptations! FABulous in February FLASH Sale!
Twin City Home Brewing – 112 E. Jefferson
Featuring chocolate stout fondue and other chocolate items made with beer. Also offering samples of chocolate stout and Merlot.
Kelly’s Bakery and Cafe – 113 N. Center – Chocolate Soup with shortbread cookies
J Bo’s Handbags and Accessories – 216 N. Center – Pastry Chef Maria Kemp from Decadence Bakery will be doing a pastry demonstration from 6:30 – 7; Also featuring live music from Hot Sauce Universe. Offering 15% off select merchandise. FREE truffles to first 50 guests!
Eaton Gallery – 411 N. Center – Serving “Chocolat'” ( the hot beverage from the film of the same name), which will enlighten one’s senses and help in selecting Valentine Gifts of Art. Featuring paintings, dculpture, drawings, prints and cards by Herb Eaton and landscape photography by Mary Jo Adams.