Monday, January 30, 2012

Chocolate Lovers, Countdown the Days to Valentines Day w/ The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, Atlanta

Haute Chocolate Experiences Stir Chocolate Fantasies at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in February

ATLANTA, Ga.— A delicious "Countdown to Valentine's" Calendar inspired by rich chocolate in creative variations offers guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead stylish ways to celebrate romance in February. From candy-making classes for couples, to chocolate Spa treatments to cocktails, desserts and more, chocolate lovers are on notice to mark their calendars for rich, delectable experiences.

Wednesday February 1 - Chocolate and Cherry Facial
The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Buckhead celebrates Valentine’s with a special facial offered the month of February. As luscious as its name, this facial begins with a cherry wine peel to exfoliate and firm, followed by a chocolate wasabi mask to stimulate circulation and boost collagen. 
The result is a deliciously dewy and toned complexion.
50 minutes, $155.

Thursday February 2 - Chocolate Afternoon Tea, The Lobby Lounge 
Specialties such as Chocolate Chip Cherry Scones, Flourless Chocolate Brandy Cherry Cake, Coconut Chocolate Frangipane and Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Torte are added to our traditional Afternoon Tea pastries, and guests may take home a chocolate keepsake. 

Thursday through Sunday, February 2-5 and 9-12 from 2:30 to 4 pm, $34 

Friday February 3 - White Chocolate Cherry Martini

Mixologist Christa Sladky created this romantic martini with house-infused cherry brandy, 
Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur and Stoli® Vanil.
February 1-14 in The Lobby Lounge and February 2-4 and 9-11 in The Wine Bar, $14 

Saturday February 4 – Haute Chocolate Bar –
Haute Chocolate Bar will make Winter your favorite season! Select from these dreamy chocolate blends, and add our irresistible garnishes to create your very own Hot Chocolate Beverage: Spicy Dark Chocolate, made with Valrhona Grand Cru Guanaja 70% Chocolate, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Red Berry Dark Chocolate (enhanced by the Pasty Chefs with a bit of Red Berry Sauce
Garnishes: The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Secret Spice; House-made Marshmallows;
House-made Whipped Creams; Chocolate Shavings and Cinnamon Sticks
Saturday and Sunday, January 14 through February 26, from 2:30 to 4 pm, $10

Sunday February 5 - The Super Bowl of Chocolate
The champions of chocolate desserts are added to our splendid Sunday Brunch.
Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Miniature Chocolate Cream Pie, White Chocolate
Lemon Bar and Baileys Milk Chocolate Cake made with Baileys® Irish Cream are sure
to score winning points.
11:30 am to 2:30 pm, $59

Monday February 6 - Chocolate Bark for Children’s Scavenger Hunt
Children always get a special wristband when checking-in for an overnight stay denoting VIK (Very Important Kid) status, and enjoy complimentary ice cream and a prize upon completing a self-guided scavenger hunt. In February, children receive our house-made Chocolate Bark at the end of their quest.

Tuesday February 7 - Breakfast Buffet with Chocolate Specialties
Chocolate Chip Belgian Waffles, Chocolate Croissants and Chocolate Muffins are
added to our daily breakfast buffet in The Café.
Monday through Saturday, February 1-14. $27

Wednesday February 8 – Pairing Chocolate with Port and Aperitifs
Sommelier Linda Torres Alarcon guides Club Level guests in an informal tasting of rich chocolates paired with her very special selections: Quinta do Noval, Tawny Port, "10 Yr Old", Douro, Portugal and Cocchi, Barolo Chinato, Piedmont, Italy.
The Club Lounge from 8 to 9 pm.

Thursday February 9 – “Haute Fashion, Haute Chocolate”
Neiman Marcus presents informal modeling of the season’s “haute-est” fashions during Chocolate Afternoon Tea. All fashions and accessories are red or pink—the colors of the moment!
Neiman Marcus is the premier shopping destination for finding the perfect gift
for that special someone.
The Lobby Lounge, 2:30 to 4 pm, $34

Friday February 10 - Aztec Manhattan
Mixologist Christa Sladky’s newest cocktail recipe includes bourbon, vermouth,
house-made spiced cocoa nib syrup and Bittermen's Xocolatl Mole.
February 1 through 14 in The Lobby Lounge and
February 2 through 4 and 9 through 11 in The Wine Bar, $14

Saturday February 11 - “Haute Couples, Haute Chocolate” Candy Making Class and Lunch
Loving couples join our ingenious pastry chef Dallas Marsteller to make a luscious assortment of hand-rolled Valrhona chocolate truffles just in time for Valentine’s Day.
After class, everyone enjoys a delightful three-course lunch in The Café. Class starts at 11 am, with lunch following.
Limited to five couples only. $125 per couple, inclusive of taxes and gratuities

Sunday February 12 – Haute Chocolate Sunday Brunch
Magnificent chocolate sculptures grace our presentation of glorious chocolate desserts. Look for White Chocolate Lemon Bar, Whoopie Pie, Dark Chocolate Crème Brûlée, Miniature Chocolate Cream Pie and Baileys® Irish Cream Milk Chocolate Cake.
11:30 am to 2:30 pm, $59

Monday February 13 - Love Potion No. 5
This couple’s massage features an alluring mélange of five essential oils— cranberry, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and orange—and is offered all month.
50 minutes, $290.
Cocoa Truffle Tea, a light cocoa-infused tea, is complimentary with spa treatments in February.

Tuesday February 14 - “Two Hearts are One” Dessert in The Café
Dessert becomes a romantic work of art: Valentine’s couples enjoy a chocolate dessert for two, which transforms into two hearts melting together. $14

Guests may also select these a la carte selections from February 10 through 14:
First Course: Lobster Raviolis with Chanterelle Mushrooms, Creamed Corn, Trout Roe, $24
Entree: Smoked G.F. Swift Beef Tenderloin, Celery Root Purée, Apple, Bacon, Shallot Jus, $45

Prices are per person and exclusive of taxes and gratuities unless otherwise noted. For reservations for Sunday Brunch and dinner in The Café, please call 404-240-7035 or visit

For reservations for Chocolate Afternoon Tea including “Haute Fashion, Haute Chocolate”, and the “Haute Couples, Haute Chocolate” Candy-Making Class and Lunch, please call 404-240-7035. Reservations are not required in The Lobby Lounge, The Wine Bar or in The Café for the breakfast buffet. 
For Spa appointments and to purchase Spa Gift Cards, please call 404-240-7041 or touch extension 7041. Pairing Chocolate with Port and Aperitifs is offered to Club Level guests only and no reservations are required.

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