Meet Vosges founder and spice hunter

Vosges Haut-Chocolat for Valentine’s Day.

If you love chocolate, be sure to stop by Neiman Marcus Feb. 4 when Vosges Haut-Chocolat founder Katrina Markoff will be in the store to share her latest creations between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Among the selections will be:

◊ Bapchi Caramel Toffee: Buttery toffee + pink Himalayan salt + 45 percent dark milk chocolate + walnuts and pecans.

◊ Lemon Verbena Hearts: Lemon verbena + pink Himalayan salt + 36 percent cocoa butter white chocolate.

◊ Mint Matcha bar: Grade A Matcha + mint + 45 percent dark milk chocolate.

◊ Smoked Salt 80 percent dark bar: Alderwood smoked salt+ cocoa nibs +80 percent dark chocolate.

◊ Turmeric Ginger bar: Golden milk blend of coconut + turmeric + ginger + black pepper + 45 percent dark milk chocolate.

If you really like these, stay for the $25 wine pairing to follow from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Mariposa restaurant. Items to be tasted are:

◊ Naga truffle: Sweet Indian curry + coconut +41 percent cacao deep milk chocolate.

◊ Olio D’oliva Truffle- first press extra virgin olive oil + 36 percent cocoa butter white chocolate + dried kalamata olives, paired with chardonnay.

◊ Dulce de Leche Bar: Dulce de Leche caramel + celtic sea salt +45 percent dark milk chocolate, paired with pinot noir.

◊ Budapest truffle: Sweet Hungarian paprika + 65 percent cacao dark chocolate, paired with a red blend.

◊ Absinthe truffle: Chinese star anise + fennel + absinthe + 62 percent cacao dark chocolate + cocoa powder, paired with cabernet.

Shoppers will get their money back in the form of a $25 NM gift card that can be applied toward wine and chocolate purchases that evening.

Vosges Haut-Chocolat was created in 1998 to tell the story of Markoff’s travels, as an aspiring chef, through chocolate.  With her culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and apprenticeship working alongside Ferran Adria of El Bulli, she combined exotic indigenous spices, roots, herbs, flowers and liqueurs with chocolate.

She continues to travel the globe in search of the best ingredients and in Hawaii will be traveling to Kauai, a potential source of turmeric and ginger for future creations.

Seating for the wine tasting event is limited. To reserve, call the Epicure department at (808) 948-7534.