Portland Food Photographer | Savory Chocolates

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

I had the pleasure of being invited to an intimate chocolate and cocktail sampling with Moonstruck Chocolates and Multnomah Whiskey Library.  The experience was educational and palatable.  Moonstruck’s Chocolatier, Julian Rose, created a new and interesting chocolate, a savory chocolate.  “The mushroom collection was a fortunate accident. After sourcing a pure Porcini mushroom powder, the creative juices started flowing and the result is one of the most creative, savory and bold flavor assortments of our history. The design was also inspired by my love of nature and food of course. Blending unusual ingredients with chocolate is nothing less than a culinary “tour de force” but when it comes together …it’s like nothing you tasted before,” Julian said about discovering this type of chocolate.  And it’s so true- these chocolates are nothing like you’ve tasted before.

The Savory Collection consists of three kinds of chocolate truffles; Fig with Hot Curry, Porcini Mushrooms with Smoked Bacon Flavored Chili and Tomato with Basil.  During the tasting I couldn’t decide if Fig & Curry or Tomato & Basil was my favorite chocolate. (Even though the smell of Smoked Bacon Flavor Chili is amazing!)  After taking the chocolates home to photograph and try them again I think I’ve landed on Fig & Curry as my favorite treat.

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

Fig with Hot Curry: “The Fig and Indian curry dark chocolate ganache has a delightful texture due to the natural fig seeds from the large amount of roasted fig paste used to bring out the fruity notes. The ganache is complemented by a balanced touch of Indian curry powder resulting in a sweet, yet spicy truffle. The mushroom cap is filled with a smooth hazelnut praline.”

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

Porcini Mushrooms with Smoked Bacon Flavored Chili: “Real Porcini mushrooms bring an almost “meaty and woody” North West forest flavor to this ganache. It was only natural to blend the mushroom flavor with a natural bacon smoke and a touch of ancho and chipotle chili peppers. It finishes with a little bit of heat and a smoky nose that will linger. Truly the inspiration to this savory mushroom collection came from this ingredient. The mushroom cap is filled with a smooth hazelnut praline.”

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

Tomato with Basil: “The tomato and basil mushroom is like a page into Italy’s culinary history. Who would have thought that a rich tomato paste and chopped basil could pair so well with a white chocolate ganache and roasted hazelnuts? The tart acidity of tomatoes, the sweetness of white chocolate and the fragrant basil come together for a really unforgettable experience. The mushroom cap is filled with a smooth hazelnut praline.”

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography
Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

 

It was a pleasure meeting Julian Rose and hearing all about how he came up with these interesting chocolate flavors.  At the tasting we passed around prouduce and spices to smell before we tasted the chocolates and it was eye opening.  Multnomah Whiskey did a wonderful job providing cocktails that paired beautifully with the sweet and savory bites.

These chocolates make for a great tasting party- something different plus you’ll have wonderful conversations.  I suggest picking up a box or two of the savory chocolates, mix up a cocktail and have a fun time trying something new.  (We did discuss a blind tasting and we felt that the chocolates need discussion and awareness in order to enjoy the flavors.  Opening up your taste buds by smelling flavors; basil, chili powder or curry powder could also help with the tasting.)  I hope you try these chocolates!

Food Photographer Portland Oregon Aubrie LeGault Photography

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July 24, 2015 - 3:48 pm

Erin @ Platings and Pairings - First, your pictures are ABSOLUTELY amazing – Yet again!!! Second, I’m a bit scared of the tomato, basil, chocolate concoction – But, if anyone can make it work, it’s Moonstruck!

July 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

Marlynn @UrbanBlissLife - Oh Aubrie, these photos are amazing – as always! Looks like a great event to attend. Moonstruck is always so creative with their chocolates. I love seeing what they come up with!

July 24, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Susan | LunaCafe - Amazing photos, as always! And love these inventive flavor pairings. Can’t wait to try them all.

July 24, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Danielle - Wow, wow, wow. These photos are breathtaking. You have a gift, that’s for sure. This isn’t the first time I have noticed, of course, but every time I am taken by surprise. You are quite a lucky lady to get to indulge in such fine chocolate and whiskey. Let me know if you ever need an assistant, you know, to lighten the heavy burden of such a job 😉
Cheers!

July 24, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Jen - Amazing photos! Those chocolates are too pretty to eat. Thanks for the tip on the Multnomah Whiskey Library too – we’ll definitely have to check them out!

July 24, 2015 - 5:34 pm

Pech - The photos are gorgeous like from the pages of Bon Appetit, as is par for the course for you. Holy moly Porcini Mushrooms with Smoked Bacon Flavored Chili sounds out of this world! And I love how these all look like little mushrooms out of Disney’s Fantasia. I need a box ASAP!

July 25, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Jenni - Seriously, moonstruck can do no wrong. I would have never thought to do a savory chocolate, but now think it would make an awesome tasting dish to prelude an amazing meal.

July 25, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Tracy - Chocolate, an accident! No way. 🙂 These are wonderful photos, good enough to eat. Looks and tastes like a great time.

July 27, 2015 - 4:07 am

Erin - Woah, what crazy combinations. I love how cute those mushroom chocolates are! Beautiful photos as always, Aubrie!

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