Love chocolate? Make plans to pop into the Park Hyatt (800 North Michigan) to experience the desserts featured in the Boutique Chocolate pop-up. The temporary shop is the brainchild of NoMI pastry chef, Chef Meg Galus, who clearly loves sweets, “Chocolate is something I’m passionate about. I think it speaks to our guests and is something we could produce in an upscale way. I want to showcase the art of chocolate. I’ll be down here working and showing guests the process that we go through.”
Among the items to tempt chocolate fiends are five mousses that use the same recipe but change out the type of chocolate. Chef Galus hopes the vertical will illustrate differences beyond percentage of chocolate and demonstrate how terrior influences taste. She went the distance to find the best too, “I normally have 12-15 chocolates in my kitchen, but right now I have 45. I have some from Africa and Boliva and some that are a mix. I have stacks of chocolate everywhere.”
I personally enjoyed the Meyer Lemon Lollipops that backed the delicate citrus flavors with a satisfying creamy chocolate. The Chocolate Chip cookies, the gold standard of childhood chocolate consumption, also scored well with large dark chocolate hunks. The final measure of decadence were the chocolate-chewy pistachio nougats that I couldn’t seem to stop sampling.
NoMI’s Boutique Chocolate will be at the Park Hyatt Chicago Library between April 26 through May 11 from 1-8pm. Items are available for sale by the piece, though personalized gift packages are available.