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May 21, 2010

Yelp's Elite Open House at 12 Gallagher Lane!

San Francisco Yelp Elites sported their finest duds for a swanky soiree at the new SOMA gallery, 12 Gallagher Lane – a Hunt Slonem Gallery. Though Hunt himself wasn't around to share in the magical evening, Yelpers were treated to an eyeful of his exotic works from his latest installation, Spring Awakening, all while sippin' on vino of the Napa Valley variety with Redemption and Swanson wineries, and nibbling on the new Intense Dark chocolate from our pals at Ghirardelli.

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For a photo recap of the night's events, head to the Yelp Flickr page here (thanks Ting!). For reviews of the cocktail mixer, click here!

*A note about Ghirardelli's new Intense Dark Chocolate:

As America's longest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer, Ghirardelli has established its position as America's premium chocolate company for more than 150 years

Intensive quality assurance
in the selection of cocoa beans means that Ghirardelli accepts only the highest-quality beans. They reject as many as 40% of the beans that are offered to us. Beans that are not selected are sold to other manufacturers.

In all of its chocolate product, Ghirardelli uses a proprietary blend of cocoa beans that has been refined over the company's 150-year history to provide the company's distinct and intense chocolate taste.

Ghirardelli roasts the cocoa beans in-house to ensure the company's signature flavor profile is consistently maintained in all chocolate products. They also use a different roasting process whereby they remove the shell first and then roast the small nibs inside. Because the nibs are fairly uniform in size, they have more control over the temperature and time, so they can get a more specific flavor. Other companies roast their beans before removing the shell, which requires over-roasting the outside portion of the bean in order to roast the inside. This could impart a burned flavor to their chocolate.

Finally, Ghirardelli uses an intensive refining process to ensure that its chocolate truly melts in your mouth! Ghirardelli has no grainy feel because we refine most of our chocolate flakes until they are 19 microns (human hair is 100 microns in diameter). Other mass market chocolates are refined to only 40 microns.



I only recently discovered this gallery after an article mentioning it in the SF Chronicle's Sunday Section. I was recently in Soma and decided to stop in - what a destination! The staff was incredibly helpful and knowledgable of their space and artists. The space is warm and bright, not clinical like a typical gallery. I was able to meet the artist James Jarrett who was well-spoken and humble, AND super engaging. They really have a handle on this unique form of art gallery, or "salon," I should say. A must see — I hope I am able to have, or attend, an event here in the future!

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