Chocolatier Kate Weiser has yet to open her chocolate shop at Trinity Groves, but chocolate fiends fear not: She's selling her delectable, gorgeous goods in a holiday pop-up shop at the Hilton Anatole hotel.
Weiser, who honed her craft at Chocolate Secrets and whose work has been hailed as the "best chocolates made in Dallas," is setting up an eye-catching table in the lobby for holiday events leading up to Christmas, including the "date night" event on Friday, December 13, which is part of the Hilton's "Sparkle" installation. She'll be there from 4-10 pm.
"This is the only place you can go to choose your own assortment," Weiser says.
Weiser was approached by the hotel, who had already signed her up to create gifts for their corporate client.
"They said, 'We're doing this Sparkle celebration from November to January. What if we give you space in our lobby to do a pop-up?'" Weiser says. "My shop at Trinity Groves isn't open yet, and it seemed like a good way to make my chocolates available for the holiday."
The concept is a "build-a-box pop-up," Weiser says. "I bring about 14 of my favorite flavors out of my collection, and you can choose whatever you like," she says. "Or you can get a box of all Key lime pie, if that's what you want.
"If you buy my chocolates in other places like Ascension Coffee or Eatzi's, you'd get an assortment I'd put together. Right now, this is the only place you can go to choose your own assortment."
She's also selling her chocolate bars and some special confections, including holiday-themed molded figures and her stunning chocolate Christmas tree ornaments.
The dates on her future appearances are tentative and are based on whatever is happening at the hotel. You can keep track by following her updates on her Facebook page. In the hotel lobby, look for her by the staircase in the atrium, although you won't have to look hard. The stunning jewel-like colors and impeccable appearance of her chocolates, lined up in perfect rows, make her easy to find.
"Everyone that walks past my station stops dead in their tracks because of the bright colors," Weiser says. "They ask me, 'Are you selling marbles?'"