Monday, May 23, 2011

The Chocolate Tarte in Somerville

Last week, I was invited to a tasting at The Chocolate Tarte in Somerville by owner Linda Hein and Elizabeth at Free Food Boston.

"At the chocolate tarte, we believe in doing a few things very well. We have spent countless hours perfecting each of these custom cakes, truffles and tartes, so that we offer a product that is fresh, all-natural, luscious, and decidedly one-of-a-kind."

The description above could not be closer to the truth - after tasting some of Hein's creations, it was clear that she believes in a high quality, delicious product - that isn't pumped full of sugar, butter and artificial flavors or preservatives.

Among the spread this evening were some of Hein's made-from-scratch cupcakes with Swiss meringue buttercream. The cupcake flavors were vanilla, chocolate and red velvet - I sampled the red velvet, which was perfectly moist, and the buttercream was wonderfully fluffy and not overly sweet (it actually reminded me a little bit of marshmallow, which is a very good thing).

We also tasted some of Hein's dark chocolate truffles, which are right up my alley - intensely chocolatey, but not intensely sweet. These were actually sort of bitter, which proved that real dark chocolate was providing the flavor. 

We also tried some of Hein's rich, moist, decadent brownies...

...As well as a slew of her handmade truffles (which are made with chocolate and cream - and nothing else), including one made with tequila - which I, of course, loved. Booze and chocolate can never go wrong in my book, but this combination was also very subtle, which made tequila somewhat bearable on the palate. Quite a feat, if you ask me. 

My favorite dessert of the evening, though, had to be the chocolate rosemary tarte. This combination of flavors was incredibly unique and surprising on the palate, but had an all-around pleasing flavor. Salt and caramel and/or chocolate seems to be the big savory/sweet combination right now, but after tasting these tartes, I strongly believe rosemary and chocolate will be the next big thing (or, at least should be).

Although I didn't snag a piece, Hein also served us her beautiful red velvet cake. 

The Chocolate Tarte also makes wedding cakes, cookies, and vegan desserts, to name a few, and even has coffee and tea for us caffeine fiends.

They also just started offering SoCo Creamery ice cream, to help wash down all those handmade truffles and cakes. 

It was really wonderful to meet Hein and hear about her passion for what she does everyday. As of right now, The Chocolate Tarte is a one-woman show - Hein even uses a regular kitchen-sized, electric oven for all of her baking, because she feels a large chef's oven never bakes her creations quite right - and if you knock on her door while you're walking your dog at 10 p.m. at night (because she will be there), she'll gladly give you a truffle (or two). To me, that alone makes this bakery and chocolate shoppe a true neighborhood business. 

Have you ever been to The Chocolate Tarte? What's your review?

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  1. My favorite was also the rosemary tart, soo good. It was a tie between that and the brownie. Great seeing you!

  2. This looks like such a cool place! I live in Somerville, so I'll have to check it out! :-) Thanks for the great review!

  3. @Elizabeth, great seeing you as well! Thanks again for putting this together.

    @Alaina, definitely check them out! You won't be disappointed. ;)

  4. I had an unexpected trip to Philly last week that forced me to miss this blogger event. Looking at your photos, I'm seriously bummed!

  5. So great meeting you!! The tequila one was my favorite too, and my blog post about it is scheduled to publish tomorrow. I wanna come back just for those truffles and chocolate with tequila!

  6. I love the chocolate rosemary tarte too. My review will be up tomorrow. It was great seeing you there!

  7. It was great seeing you too, Megan and Bianca!

    Michelle, hope to see you at another event soon!