GENEVA – Bellinis and beluga caviar will soon join the menu at All Chocolate Kitchen in Geneva, as it undergoes its third expansion in three years.
Construction for an additional 1,500 square feet of space is currently underway, making room for a lounge-like, special-events space that also will see wine and savory small plates served.
“We are expanding this time because I wanted to add another section to offer the people a different experience,” said owner and executive chef Alain Roby. “It’s a totally different aspect now of the operation, which was more sweets before – gelato and dessert.”
The room will serve as a special-events space for showers and banquets and also will be where Roby conducts Chocolate 101 presentations, which consist of a 60- to 90-minute wine and chocolate-truffle pairing and PowerPoint presentation led by Roby. The presentation explores the history of the cacao bean and delves into the nuances of chocolate, how its made and why it has been called the “Food of the Gods.”
On weekends, the space will transform into a wine and dessert lounge that can seat 25 to 30 people. Dessert flights, charcuterie, cheese boards and small plates – such as crab and avocado sliders – will be served alongside an array of wine, including varietals from Acquaviva Winery in Maple Park.
“What I am trying to do is use local products, local wine. And they are certainly one of the best, if not the best, local wine,” said Roby.
As a Guinness World-Record holder for his chocolate-art pursuits, Roby will use the new space to showcase his latest creation: a 21-foot tall chocolate rig that will consistently pump 300 pounds of white chocolate.
“People are going to be able to enjoy all of these goodies and see this chocolate rig pumping chocolate right in front of their eyes,” Roby said. “I can’t wait for people to see this baby running.”
With hopes of a grand opening in time for Festival of the Vine in September, Roby said that the unveiling of the new space could be closer to the dates surrounding the Geneva Christmas Walk or Valentine’s Day.
“I think it’s going to be a fun place, especially with the holidays coming up now,” Roby said. “I’m really looking forward to it.”