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  • Holiday Happenings 2018 - Chocolate & Decor

    Happy Holidays Intrigue fans!

    We have exciting news this update, specifically the development of the coffeehouse and creative specialty drinks in Chef Aaron's styling. Most importantly, though, we want to encourage you to support small business this year. The final weeks of December are the most important for our business, as it is for many other pop&pop retail establishments. Please make the effort in 2018 to purchase gifts from the little guys. It makes a difference!

    What do you buy the person that has everything? Something unlisted on Amazon.

    Gift Ideas

    Assortment Boxes – These 12pc and 24pc truffle gift boxes are our classic offering, except this year we have 24 different flavors to share (unlike previous years where we offered only 12)! Going to a party? These are perfect for host / hostess gifts. Office or gift exchange? Truffles can be meaningful and significant while staying classy and sincere, and you don’t need to know much about the person for them to enjoy it.

     

    Truffle BarsThrowing a dinner party? These ganache bars are the perfect table appetizer or desert. We recommend 2 bars for every 5 people at the table, or 3 if you want a little chocolate left over. Serve them like a soft cheese on a plate with a knife and a bottle of wine. Want to sit for an hour and catch up? Serve some wine or adult beverages, and then wow the table with chocolate flavors like Red Velvet Cake, Plum, Pear Brandy and Honey, and Grappa.

     

    Cocoa Blends – Our flavored blends are the favorite for mochas and hot cocoas at the new Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill. They are dairy free, so you make them with whatever dairy or alternative you’d like, and for baking. Hosting family with young children? Add some marshmallows and you have a holiday classic. Impress adults too with flavors like Cardamom or Lavender! Making brownies or  cookies? Try adding some spicy Jamaican cocoa, or a cardamom blend for that something extra. Just be sure to adjust the sugar quantity to match, pro tip.

     

    Chocolate Bars – Six flavors inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Need an icebreaker? this is the perfect item to include with a gift card, a assortment or bundle of small items in a care package, or to pass around the table at a dinner. Chocolate bars can help meeting a new family and want to make an impression. Building a gift basket? Chocolate bars with bright flashy packaging are the best!

     

    Coffeehouse Updates

    Check out these new lanterns! Inside are grow light bulbs, for plants and humans. We had a theory that putting them in the windows would draw people in from the grey. It's a vibrancy and color that stands out from the windows. Picture was taken during our last open mic night, every 1st Thursday. Everyone was so pleased with the hall-of-mirrors effect it has, and it sets the stage.

     

    We’ve updated our menus to better “frame” the seasonal drinks and signature offerings. The frames are on loan to us from a friend, who would rather them be on display than in storage. These pre-date the civil war! (If anyone has frames in this style that wants to store them on our wall instead of storage, let us know!)

     

    We've also updated the back area with new shelves to help store the plant-care materials that are in rotation constantly in the shop. Some plants fared better than others, illustrated by the shelf of plant-ready pots. We’ll choose from that category going forward - hibiscus, citrus, citronella, strawberry, wintergreen, coffee tree, pepper plant, and lemon grass.

    This also gives a little more space to the art wall at the Coffeehouse, which until now has been a bit buried in the back. Looking forward to our next iterations of the art wall that will include a focus on Capitol Hill!

     

    Specialty Drinks

    We have 3 specialty drinks we are offering at the coffeehouse:

    Coffee-Milk Slushy – Come try this east-coast inspired beverage of milk, house-made coffee syrup (caffeinated), turned over in the slush machine until snowy and icey.

    Gingerbread Latte – House made gingerbread syrup in your latte. A perfectly fitting flavor for the season.

    Spiced Apple Cider – Fresh squeezed apple cider mixed with our house-made, spiced dolce de crema. (my personal favorite this season, even though I keep going back to the coffee milk slushy!)

    Vegan Eggnog – OUT. We made such a lovely recipe of nutmeg, oat milk, and pumpkin seed oil for texture. But Oatly has another nationwide shortage, and we will not be able to serve the drink this year.

     

    Come Hither

    So come by the Tasting Bar in Pioneer Square, or the Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill for gifting and comfort needs this season. You can also order online, and we recommend you order no later than 3 shipping-days prior to the holiday to ensure arrival.

    Cheers from the Intrigue Chocolate Team, and Happy Holidays!

  • Seasonal Assortment Sale!

     

    Until Nov 15th (or until we run out), we are offering a 30% discount on our seasonal assortment boxes! Truffles will be fresh through the end of November, and make a great option for the dinner table (hint). Available in our Pioneer Square or Capitol Hill stores, or online right here.

  • Announcing 1st Thursday Open Mic Night

    Announcing our 1st Thursday Open Mic Night at the Coffeehouse!

    Intrigue Chocolate & Coffeehouse
    Sept. 6th
    7pm – 9pm
    1520 15th Ave
    Seattle WA 98104

    Performers
    Calling all acoustic musicians, poets, writers, and spoken word artists: you are invited to come show off your talent. We recommenced that you show up around 6:30 to get your name into the hat and secure one of the ten guaranteed performing slots. Here are the rules:

    • Original works only
    • 10 minutes or 3 songs
    • Performance order is drawn at random
    • First 10 performances guaranteed play, more with time permitting
    • No entry fee; no cover
    • Door prize drawing for performers
    • Appropriate material for an all-ages audience
    • All genres welcomed

     

    Audience
    Come enjoy a delicious mocha and then kick back and enjoy the creativity of the surrounding Capitol Hill community. Have a friend you want to support? Bring them and encourage them to perform! Interested in performing yourself? Come check it out, get inspired, see if it’s for you. We encourage you to stay to the end - there will be a drawing for a small door prize for those that do!
  • Quiche, Refugees, Game Night, and Pride

    Every few days a tour group comes to the Pioneer Square Tasting Bar. The tour guides always tell these Seattle visitors to “go by the chocolate shop just around the corner”. So cool! These folks are usually wide-eyed, excited, but also sometimes exhausted and over saturated. We try to give them the best Seattle has to offer regardless of their emotional state, because we pride ourselves on our ability to share a truly memorable experience.

    Problem is, it can take longer than 5 minutes to taste the chocolate, make a selection, and get back to the bus! Often it is our shop that makes folks late, and the bus driver knows it.

    So we like to thank the bus driver with chocolate, both for their referral and their patience. We send away our guests with a smile on their faces and a piece of Seattle’s chocolate culture to share with friends and family when they return home, as well as a little chocolate to give their bus driver as a thank you.

    Who do you want to thank today? Consider expressing your gratitude with chocolate. Visit our online store, or visit one of our locations in Seattle, and make someone’s day.

     

    What’s Happening at Intrigue?!

    Chocolate & Coffeehouse

    We are expanding our food menu at the coffeehouse! Oh, my WORD, are these good!! Enjoy these new creations with your mochas and lattes:

    • Yogurt Parfait – Not your typical parfait, this creation is made in-house with fruit at the bottom, delicious honey Greek yogurt from Zoi, and walnut-ginger granola with cacao nibs to mix in. Take your time with it; there are a lot of flavors to explore and enjoy here.
    • Chia Pudding – An option for those looking for vegan friendly, as well as glutten and soy free. These are chia seeds mixed with Oatly (oat milk), with fruit and our house-made cardamom sugar. It is a semi-sweet pudding perfect for pairing with a latte or cold brew.
    • Breakfast burritos (meat and veggie options) – You have to try these egg and cheese burritos (with black beans or sausage)! Let us heat them up in the toaster oven for you so they are crispy and warm. You won’t find these at the Central Co-op or Trader Joes!
    • Quiche (meat and veggie options) – Silky smooth egg custard with cheese. Grab a slice, let us heat it for you so it’s melty and warm, and enjoy your breakfast in the pleasant natural light of our high windows.
     

    The Chocolate

    We are currently sold out of our own spiced chocolate bars!

    We will be restocked in a week or so. Thank you for your patience – they are worth the wait. We couldn’t be more thrilled with how fast these are flying off the shelf. Some of your are positively heartbroken, we know, but you can still request tastings of the chocolate bars at the Tasting Bar in Pioneer Square while we wait.

    Check out the amazing truffle flavors Aaron has crafted for us this week:

    Framboise & Honey
    Grapefruit
    Orange & Sea Salt
    Black Licorice
    Pear Brandy & Honey
    Jasmine Tea & Loomi (black lime)
    Passionfruit
    Cranberry
    Jamaican Hot Chocolate
    Basil
    Mocha

     

    Company Happenings

    A Reading for Refugees Monday, June 18th

    This month we are pleased to host one of our former employees, Judy Wilson,  to discuss the refugee situation in Iraq and Syria where she and her husband have been volunteering for the last year doing good work. Check out the Stranger's description of the event. We will be donating a % of sales from the evening to their charity. Save the date!

     

    Announcing: GAME NIGHT

    On Sunday evenings from 6pm to close we are hosting a game night. Come sit and watch a game, or join in, or bring a game you would like to play with others. We have a small library of donated games to get you started. If you do bring a game try to keep it compact – there are a couple large tables to spread out on but smaller games are more easily staged.

    If you would like to join the mailing list to get notifications about events like this one, you can do so by going to any page on our website and registering at the bottom.

    If you want to create or bring your group to meet at the Coffeehouse, let Karl know at karl@intriguechocolate.com so we can set your group up with a reserved area of seating and anything else you might need.

     

    And of course, Happy Pride!

  • Chocolate & Coffehouse - OPEN

    We did it! We opened our doors!

    Come by to check out the new Intrigue Chocolate & Coffeehouse on Capitol Hill during our soft opening phase. We are filling in with tables and chairs and shelving. Our chocolate, coffee, and pastry service is up and running.


    Address
    1520 15th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122

    Monday - Sunday 7am - 9pm
    (206) 945-3277

    • Motorists - there is parking in front of the doors on the street, as well as a paid lot underneath the building which you can access from Pine Ave.
    • Cyclists - there are bike racks outside the door!
    • Transit / Pedestrians - The 12 bus will get you the closest. We are located about 6 blocks from the light rail and the streetcar.

    Menu

    Be sure to try our mochas, hot chocolate, and sipping chocolates. All of our truffle gift boxes, chocolate bars, and other items are available here as well.

    Pastries

    Banana Bread with Cacao Nibs
    Chocolate Zucchini Bread
    Pumpkin Bread
    Harvest Bread
    Cheddar & Jalapeno Bread

    Irish Shortbread Cookies
    Cream Cheese Shortbread Cookies with Cacao Nibs
    Chocolate Sugar Cookies (made with our cocoa mixes!)

    (All of the chocolate is gluten free, but the pastries are not yet. We are working on an option for you!)

    Coffee & Chocolate Drinks

    We have a full espresso bar. If you need a recommendation, we are showcasing our mochas, hot cocoas, hot chocolate, and sipping chocolates. Also featuring Oatly as a dairy substitute (it's so good).

    Seating

    We have a full length bar, a set of couches, and two standing bars to perch and enjoy your coffee and pastries. We currently have a set of outdoor furniture to sit in the windows, which will soon move outside when the new tables and chairs for indoors are complete. There are two large windows that will open up during nice weather.

    We recognize that many of you would like to work on your laptops or set up a board game while enjoying your coffee. We hear the request, and we'll make sure we come up with something comfortable for you! Please let us know what's working and what you'd like to see as we go.

    Thank you for all you support! See you soon!

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