Parliament Chocolate to celebrate grand opening this weekend

Parliament Chocolate, the latest from the mastermind behind à la minute, will celebrate its grand opening this weekend (December 14 and 15).

Just as with à la minute, the focus is on simple quality. Parliament raises the bar by using only two ingredients in its chocolate: High quality cacao and organic cane sugar.

The shop opened December 1 and has been open Saturdays and Sundays since then.

Regular hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Parliament’s chocolate maker is à la minute’s chef/owner Ryan Berk, and its head chocolatier is Matthew Falstreau.

Earlier this year, the pair trekked to Central America to find a source for their cacao. They’re currently making a bar using cacao from a farmers’ co-op in the Dominican Republic.

The grand opening will feature the company’s confections and baked goods created with the company’s chocolates from the soon-to-be-defunct Sugarbird Desserts.

There will also be live music and wine and beer from the Dregs on Saturday, and on Sunday, there will be a special five-course wine and chocolate pairing Central American cuisine dinner at Lounge 22.

The dinner is $100, with proceeds benefiting Guatemalan cacao farmers. For reservations, call 909-793-1593.

Parliament Chocolate is at 16 E. Redlands Blvd., Redlands.

For more information, click here to read more from the Redlands Daily Facts’ Kristina Hernandez.

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