Join us in Old Town Winchester for the 1st Annual Chocolate Escape
February 7, 2014 from 5 – 7 p.m.
Visit participating downtown restaurants to enjoy their $2 chocolate sampling menu. Shop at participating downtown stores to enjoy chocolate, promotions and events.
Enjoy free wagon rides through Old Town courtesy of Union Bank.
First Friday Chocolate Escape in Winchester is also the perfect opportunity to shop for your Valentine or make your Valentine reservation.
Participating Restaurants include:
168 N. Loudoun Street
Brewbaker’s will offer $2 Chocolate Mousse Dessert Shots, Chocolate Drop Cookies, Mini Chocolate Cupcakes.
Cork Street Tavern
8 W. Cork Street
Cork Street will be offering mini hot brownie sundae samples.
The Dancing Goat Restaurant
103 E. Piccadilly Street
The Dancing Goat Restaurant (at the G.W. Hotel) will offer Spicy Chocolate Shortbread with Pomegranate Sauce.
El Centro Mexican Restaurant
1 N. Loudoun Street
El Centro will offer chocolate flan cake.
Espresso Bar & Café
165 N. Loudoun Street
Espresso Bar & Café will offer a variety of Robert Emery Chocolate Truffles. They can be purchased individually for $2 or in boxes of 4 or $12.
25 W. Piccadilly Street
Joe’s Steakhouse will offer free chocolate covered peanut butter bites.
La Nicoise Café
12 S. Braddock Street
La Nicoise will be offering chocolate cheesecake, chocolate mousse or chocolate cake samples.
Piccadilly’s Public House
125 E. Piccadilly Street
Piccadilly’s will offer $2 Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Red Fox Creamery
146 N. Loudoun Street
Red Fox is offering a $2 brownie sundae with homemade ice cream, a homemade brownie, fudge sauce and whipped cream.
Union Jack Pub & Restaurant
101 N. Loudon Street
Union Jack will offer $2 house made chocolate truffles.
Village Market & Bistro
2 S. Loudoun Street
Village Bistro will offer $2 Black Forest Cake bites (schwarzwälder kirschtorte) and Spiced Hot Chocolate with house made marshmallows.
Village Square Restaurant/V2
103 N. Loudoun Street
V2 will offer $2 samples of Pine Isle Oyster with Cocoa Nib Mignonette and Pork Tamale with White Chocolate Mole.
Violino Ristorante Italiano
181 N. Loudoun Street
Violino’s will offer $2 samples of Baci di Dama (small hazelnut meringue sandwiches filled with milk chocolate), Pandoro (traditional Italian sweet yeast bread) Dipped in Dark Chocolate, and Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse Tartlets.
Participating Retail Shops include:
126 N. Loudoun Street
Offering Ecuadorian chocoaltes for sampling and purchase.
Bright Box Theater
15 N. Loudoun Street
Bright Box Theater will offer a fun night of chocolate decadence and Salsa dancing! Smokin’ hot music, special desserts and drinks, and giveaways. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $20 per person.
Eugene B. Smith Gallery
25 N. Loudoun Street
Offering live Jazz and refreshments including chocolates.
150 N. Loudoun Street
Handworks will offer handmade chocolate and 10% off store wide from 5-9 p.m.
Incredible Flying Objects
111 N. Loudoun Street
Incredible Flying Objects will offer chocolate covered bacon as well as a 15% off discount card good for your next visit.
Murphy’s Beverage Company
167 N. Loudoun Street
Murphy’s will pair wine and chocolate from Cool Confectionaries from Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Susan Benjamin, owner of Cool Confectionaries, will be on hand to share stories about the history of chocolate and to answer all of your chocolate questions. Come experience history through chocolate!
Old Town General Store
106 S. Loudoun Street
Old Town General Store will offer BOGO Hot Chocolate. Share the Love-Buy 1 Hot Chocolate for your sweetie/Get 1 FREE! Spice it up with LOTS of extras to add to your cup, including marshmallows, whipped cream, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, peppermint, dark chocolate shavings, peanut butter, chili pepper, maraschino cherries, and maple syrup.
Once Upon A Find
48 S. Loudoun Street
Once Upon A Find will offer free chocolate cookie samples. Customers will receive a FREE “Chocolate Candle” with every $25.00 purchase and a complimentary $5.00 gift card to be used toward your next purchase!
The Polka Dot Pot
7 N. Loudoun Street
The Polka Dot Pot will have M&M’s available for customers and special pricing on mugs that are perfect for hot cocoa.
Posh Pets Boutique
16 S. Loudoun Street
Posh Pets will offer free hot chocolate and chocolate kisses as well as cupcakes and punch. Valentine iced dog cookies will be on sale. We are also hosting Pet Photos, a Valentine’s Preparedness Party, and Open House from 5-8 p.m. Various vendors will be selling Valentine’s gifts for that special “human” someone and for pets! We will have a pet fashion show at 6:45 p.m., as well as having animals available for adoption from 5-8 p.m.
The Potomac Bead Company
115 N. Loudoun Street
The Potomac Bead Company will offer strands of chocolate glass pearls (4-8 mm) for $2.00.
RealiteaZe Hair Designs
156 N. Loudoun Street
Offering Valentine’s gift certificates for discounted blowouts.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
54 S. Loudoun Street
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will offer free admission and a “chocolate kiss good-bye” from 5-7:30 p.m. Get creative with a free chocolate themed art project from 5-7:30 p.m.
Wilkins’ ShoeCenter, Inc.
7 S. Loudoun Street
Wilkins’ will offer 10% off any regular priced chocolate brown boots or shoes (excluding UGGs) from 5-8 p.m.
Winchester Book Gallery
185 N. Loudoun Street
The Winchester Book Gallery will offer Sipping Dreams to sample and purchase. Drinking chocolate is relatively unknown in the United States, though very popular in Europe. Often confused with hot cocoa, drinking chocolate utilizes bar chocolate (not powder) as a base for the thick, rich and decadent drink. Along with our Valentine’s Day card selection, Sipping Dreams make great Valentine’s Gifts for everyone. We will also have live music that evening for folks to enjoy.
Check back on this page for more information and updates. For businesses interested in participating contact Jennifer Bell, Downtown Manager at Jennifer.Bell@winchesterva.gov.
We appreciate the assistance of the Parks & Recreation Department on this event.