MIAMI, Florida December 9th, 2012 – Eating House’s Giorgio Rapicavoli delved into stashes of Tierra Nueva Fine Cocoa’s “Cruz Chocolates” and “Coffee Thins” to prepare original, chocolate-inspired dishes in a live cooking demonstration during The Stage’s Closing Basel event on December 9th.
At 7 p.m., Rapicavoli, executive chef and owner at Eating House who earlier this year became Miami’s first winner on Food Network’s “Chopped,” took the stage with chef and partner Henry Hane (former executive sous chef at Sra. Martinez) to prepare their notoriously “fire” dishes using Tierra Nueva chocolate, which guests sampled while sipping chocolate-infused Caipirinha cocktails by Remy V. “We’re really stoked to be working with Tierra Nueva at Eating House,” said Rapicavoli. “Between being locally made and its insane flavor, it makes for one of the best chocolates we’ve worked with in a while.
The demo at The Stage was a great lesson on how to use chocolate in new ways many haven’t thought of before.” Tierra Nueva is based locally in Miami Gardens, and is the city’s leading chocolate producer as well as one of the industry’s most innovative chocolate manufacturing facilities – a self-proclaimed “Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory in Miami.” With dozens of chocolate varieties manufactured for private label retailers, Tierra Nueva also thrives on its scrumptious line of premium level Cruz Chocolates and its award-winning Coffee Thins, which features a blend of 100% natural coffee to create a coffee consuming experience unlike any other, sans chocolate.
After the cooking demonstration, the Brazilian Film Festival screened several films for guests to enjoy, including the Oscar Nominated film, Wasteland and Cannes Winner, O Gigante do Papelão. During the films, guests enjoyed complimentary coffee drinks brewed on site by a barista; Tierra Nueva sweetened the deal and also provided Coffee Thins for viewers. The Stage, located in the famed Miami Design District at 170 NE 38th Street, is a premier venue for live music, art and film. The high ceilings, comfortable indoor and outdoor seating, and art lined walls by some of South Florida’s best talent combine for a great space.