I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned it on the blog, but I have a chocolate allergy. There was a point in my childhood where I would break out in terrible hives any time that I consumed chocolate. I remember my parents telling me that I’d be thankful when I was older. Who were they kidding!? Lucky for me I outgrew the allergy for the most part and I can now eat chocolate with the only consequence being 2 sneezes and then I’m good. Strange, right? I’m so thankful that I still eat as much chocolate as I can, which is exactly what I did this past weekend at In Celebration of Chocolate at The American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin.
I’ve talked about Destination Kohler before and all of their delicious foodie events. In Celebration of Chocolate occurs every February and celebrates all things chocolate. There are some great classes offered by their head pastry chef and head chocolatier who team up with some amazing chefs from around Wisconsin. I had the chance to sit in on a chocolate and mimosa class, made delicious croissants and creme brûlée with Chef Josh Johnson and enjoyed a roasted beet salad and chocolate dessert with Chef Mangless of Three Three Five.
One of my favorite things about events at Destination Kohler is that every time you walk into a class there is a glass of wine waiting for you on the table. I can’t think of anything better to get me in the mood for some fun and food! I really enjoyed that this time around there was classroom interaction, and the chefs asked for audience members to come help! I was able to use a rolling pin to beat a pound of butter flat for our croissants and then roll out the dough so that we could tuck the butter inside. There was also the opportunity to torch the sugar on top of your dish of creme brûlée! I think that the hands-on experience really made it more fun and exciting.
The evening ended with their Sugar Rush event hosted at the Kohler Design Center. This space is basically a showroom of their beautiful fixtures and rooms set so that you can get inspiration for your own home. The Design Center was transformed for the evening with tables of their delectable chocolates, appetizers, wine, beer and cocktails. The mood was set by a live band and you had the chance to mingle with some of the chefs that presented during the day. I also appreciated being able to mingle with the staff that put the entire event together. Kohler really does amazing events and if you ever have the chance to visit you will certainly be impressed.
On this particular visit we stayed at the Inn on Woodlake, the sister hotel to The American Club. They are currently adding on to this hotel to accommodate more guests! The rooms were cozy and we had a great view of the area. You can also request rooms that face the lake. Of course the bathroom was highlighted by Kohler fixtures and a shower that was to die for! Pets seemed very much welcome at this hotel and they even had their own welcome sign at the front door and a bowl of treats waiting for them!
I always look forward to brunch at The Wisconsin Room when I visit Destination Kohler and this morning was no different. Their typical brunch menu was transformed by hints of chocolate everywhere you turned. Their was an omelette station, chocolate roasted beef, chocolate pancakes and my favorite dish on every visit is their hash brown casserole. I could seriously eat an entire pan if you let me! The Wisconsin Room is a beautifully decorated space that just makes you feel at home while you’re enjoying your meal. I highly recommend checking it out for your dining if you’re at The American Club.
I can’t wait to share some of the recipes from this event with you in the next couple of weeks. If you are a lover of mimosas, croissants or creme brûlée then you’ll want to stay tuned for the recipes. If you are heading to the Kohler, Wisconsin area or if you are looking for a nice weekend getaway then I would recommend looking at The American Club. It is such a beautiful property filled with amazing lodging, beautiful golf courses and impeccable dining.