Chocolate Lovers Hearts Melt at In Celebration of Chocolate - February 6-8, 2015

A three day soiree of chocolate-themed experiences headlined by celebrity pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini at the Forbes Five Star The American Club Resort Hotel

KOHLER, Wis. – (January 20, 2015) – From sweet to savory and everything in between, the third annual In Celebration of Chocolate is a three-day chocolate-themed soirée of distinctively delicious events and culinary demonstrations hosted at Destination Kohler, home to the Forbes Five Star The American Club resort hotel and Kohler Waters Spa.

This year’s celebration is headlined by Johnny Iuzzini – James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and judge of Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Dessert. Iuzzini hails from the Catskills region in upstate New York and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with over twenty years of kitchen experience. He was the head judge of Bravo’s culinary competition series “Top Chef: Just Desserts”. Chef Iuzzini has started his own pastry and culinary arts consulting company, and is the author of DESSERT FOURPLAY: Sweet Quartets From A Four-Star Pastry Chef and recently released “Sugar Rush”.

In Celebration of Chocolate featured presenters include:

Anette Righi DeFendi
  Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates Chocolatier

Scott Green 
  Pastry Chef of Chicago restaurants Travelle and The Langham

Josh Johnson
  2011 National Pastry Champion based in Chicago

• and featured chefs from The Kitchens of Kohler culinary team.

The cocoa-infused schedule of special events begins on Friday evening with an inventive Chocolate & Wine Dinner in the Great Bays Ballroom hosted by Iuzzini. Saturday affords countless educational chocolate pairing and cooking sessions throughout the day culminating with the signature evening celebration: Sugar High. Guests arise on Sunday morning to one last chocolate feast at The Wisconsin Room’s Chocolate Lovers Brunch. A complete schedule of events is enclosed with event details, times and pricing.


SIGNATURE EVENT
Sugar High, the signature event hosted at the captivating Kohler Design Center on Saturday from 8-10pm, showcases dynamic desserts from Iuzzini’s recent cookbook “Sugar Rush”, specialty dishes from The Kitchens of Kohler‚ expansive fondue station‚ and live entertainment. Topping things off is the opportunity for guests to taste the signature and newest creations from KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates.

HOTEL PACKAGES
Exclusive opportunities are afforded with two special event hotel packages with overnight accommodations at The American Club and event tickets:

Chocolate Indulgence Package – Two Nights (February 6 & 7) – Starting at $436 per person

•Tickets to The Chocolate and Wine Dinner, Friday 7-10pm
•Tickets to the Johnny Iuzzini Main Stage Demonstration, Saturday 2-3pm
•Tickets to Sugar High at the Kohler Design Center, Saturday 8-10pm
•Exclusive 30-minute early access and meet and greet with Johnny Iuzzini at Sugar High

Sweet Treat - One Night (February 7) – Starting at $173 per person

•Tickets to Sugar High (formally The Signature Event) located at Kohler Design Center

For more information on In Celebration of Chocolate visit www.americanclubresort.com and for reservations call 1-800-344-2838. Stay up-to-date with event news and happenings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/americanclub and on Twitter www.twitter.com/theamericanclub.

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Schedule of Events

Friday, February 6

Chocolate and Wine Dinner - 7-10pm - Great Bay Ballroom
The Kitchens of Kohler chefs will serve up inventive chocolate-infused dishes in this four-course dinner. Along with expert wine pairings, enjoy an evening of chocolate elegance including a special dessert from your host, Johnny luzzini. $127.50

Saturday, February 7

Chocolate for Breakfast - 10:30-11:30am - Demonstration Kitchen
The American Club pastry expert Molly Glackin demonstrates how you can sweeten up your breakfast and start your day off with a delicious dose of chocolate. $37.50

Coffee and Chocolate -10:45-11:45am - Craverie Chocolatier Café
It's coffee o'clock and chocolate-thirty. Enjoy both in this pairing demonstration with Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates Chocolatier Anette Righi DeFendi. $34.50

Pastry Demonstration with Josh Johnson - Noon-1pm - Main Stage
What could be better than being the champion of desserts? Josh Johnson of the 2015 Pastry Team USA and instructor from the French Pastry School will teach the techniques needed to make first-place creations. $42

An Introduction to Ballast Point Brewing Company - 1:15-2:15pm - The Winery Bar
Whether you have never heard of them or are their biggest fans, you won't want to miss this seminar. Entertain your taste buds with a quality-crafted beer from this California brewery paired with chocolate. $30

Chocolate and Liqueurs - 1:45-2:45pm - Craverie Chocolatier Café
Liqueurs are a popular choice when adding flavoring to chocolate. Learn from the expert how it is done, and then savor the tastes in both chocolate and liquid form. Presented by Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates Chocolatier Anette Righi DeFendi and Infinium Spirits Beverage Specialist Jim Mulhall. $34.50

Sugar Rush Pastry Demonstration - 2-3pm - Main Stage
Sometimes it's good to be bad. Known for his tattoos, the top pastry chef in New York and judge of Top Chef: Just Desserts Johnny Iuzzini takes the stage to share recipes from his new cookbook, Sugar Rush. Johnny shows you how to make traditional desserts with ease. $47.50

Cooking Demonstration with Marco Rossi - 2:30-3:30pm - Demonstration Kitchen
When you bring together Napa-style food and wine with an old Wisconsin farmhouse, you get a delightful rustic elegance. Chef Marco Rossi of The Blind Horse Restaurant & Winery will demonstrate savory dishes that feature chocolate – proving chocolate isn't just for dessert. $37.50

The Ultimate Love Story: Wine and Chocolate - 3:45-4:45pm - Craverie Chocolatier Café
Some say it’s a pairing that never should have worked; some say it was love at first sight. Either way, no one can deny the attraction of wine and chocolate. Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates Chocolatier Anette Righi DeFendi will walk you through a selection of pairings and tell you this tale of love. $34.50

Pastry Demonstration with Scott Green - 4-5pm - Main Stage
Scott Green, pastry chef at The Langham and Travelle – two top restaurants in Chicago – will share how his passion for art transformed into a career as a pastry chef and demonstrate great chocolate recipes. $42.50

Sugar-High - 8-10pm - Kohler Design Center
The In Celebration of Chocolate weekend culminates with this signature, not-to-be-missed event. Enjoy samples of KOHLER Original Recipe Chocolates, a fondue station and specialty dishes from the various Kitchens of Kohler restaurants – plus live entertainment and the stunning backdrop of the Kohler Design Center. $82.50

Sunday, February 8

Chocolate Lovers' Brunch - 9am-1pm - The Wisconsin Room
The traditional Sunday brunch gets a chocolaty makeover during the In Celebration of Chocolate weekend.
$38 Reservations are required. Please call 855-444-2838.