For Your Inner Artisan Chocolate Maker, Voilà Chocolat

December 25, 2014 Updated: October 8, 2018

At Voilà Chocolat, your inner artist can mingle with the chocolate lover in you.
The shop, which opened last week on the Upper West Side, is a spot where you can walk in and make your own chocolates. It’s also available for parties.

Master chocolatier Christopher Toury and founder Peter Moustakerski. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Master chocolatier Christopher Toury and founder Peter Moustakerski. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

The chocolate is tempered all day long, ready to be molded into shapes or formed into bars or truffles. Master chocolatier Christopher Toury, whose long career has taken him from the Ritz Carlton Paris to the Four Seasons Hotel in New York to, most recently, Jacques Torres, sources Guittard chocolate. The company makes high quality chocolate, and is also known for its socially conscious practices.

He also prepares ingredients—simple and healthy—like caramelized nuts and nibs.

Founder Peter Moustakerski (whose other title is “Chief Cacao Nut”) wanted to show that making chocolates wasn’t a complicated endeavor, and that anyone could do it.

Mother and daughter Emily Pontius Zoë Pontius-Courtney. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)
Mother and daughter Emily Pontius Zoë Pontius-Courtney. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

In turn he has been constantly surprised by the creativity exhibited. A child recently combined dark and white chocolates into a bar, using white chocolate to write with. Adults here are just as engrossed making their own chocolates. The love of chocolate knows no age boundaries.

Experiences range from $35 to $65.

Voilà Chocolat
221 W. 79th St.
212-920-8799
Voila-Chocolat.com

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