About Chocolate Banquet
Chocolate Banquet is Corinne DeBra's website and blog. Corinne has been eating a different chocolate each day since Sept. 2006—after she accepted a bet from her daughter that she couldn't eat a different chocolate every day for one year. Having succeeded, she continued, and has accumulated a few chocolate milestones, for example:
- In April 2012, Corinne ate her 2,000th different chocolate. (She also ate her weight in chocolate in early April.)
- In late 2014, she ate her 3,000th different chocolate.
- By the end of 2015, she'd sampled and featured over 3,400 chocolates from 1,100+ chocolatiers, chefs and/or chocolate makers worldwide.
- In Sept. 2016, she celebrated 10 years of eating a different daily chocolate.
Corinne started Chocolate Banquet to: document the wide variety of chocolates she was finding in several different countries; to solicit suggestions about new chocolates to try; as a place to recognize the creative efforts of entrepreneurs who were making chocolates; and to share other chocolate-related stories.
In 2009, Corinne added the category "Chocolate Art" to this site, and began posting chocolate paintings and other chocolate "creative foolishness."
In 2011, Corinne first announced publicly the annual Chocolate Banquet Awards (2010) winners, since the most common question she receives is: "What is your favorite chocolate?"
About Corinne DeBra
My name is Corinne C. DeBra (pronounced Core-Inn' De-Bray'). In addition to chocolate, I also enjoy travel, painting, photography and getting outside to walk. My walking-related blog is Walking the Bay. This blog has chronicled my first 1,000-mile walk around San Francisco Bay—and a second round-the-bay, one that is often interrupted by chocolate field trips.
I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm happy to hear from others who enjoy chocolate-related travels, adventures, stories and art, or who may have suggestions for chocolates I haven't tried. The best way to reach me is via email: email@example.com.
Thank you for your interest in Chocolate Banquet.
Frequently Asked Questions
1.) What is your favorite chocolate?
After trying more than 3,800 chocolates (so far, as of January 31, 2016), I have many favorites. This is a bit like asking which of your children do you like the best? See "Favorite Chocolates" Page on this site for a list of chocolates I've liked a lot. I also select annual Chocolate Banquet Awards in January of each year -- for favorites (in various categories) from the previous year.
2.) Do you ever repeat chocolates?
No, I don't repeat chocolates on this Chocolate Banquet blog (because I'm trying to eat a unique/different chocolate each day). However, I have been known to re-sample chocolates that I've found to be very tasty for my own private enjoyment; and I enjoy sharing these chocolates with others.
3.) What is the most interesting chocolate you've ever tasted?
This is a question that is close to my heart. I love the ease with which chocolate combines with so many different foods, and have a passion for trying new flavor combinations. In fact, if you look at the Theme Weeks I've run on Chocolate Banquet, it seems that there isn't a food or beverage category that can't be combined with chocolate. Interesting and successful chocolates are well balanced, well executed combinations of chocolate and can include almost any edible.
4.) How come you're not really overweight?
Knowing that I get to try a new chocolate each day, means I enjoy the adventure of trying something new and wonderful all the time. I never feel deprived. (I believe feelings of deprivation can contribute to overindulgence.)
Also, the best chocolates are usually very satisfying; and I don't need to eat a lot of them to feel gratified. That said, I can't eat wheat or gluten. This means no cakes or cookies made with conventional (wheat) flour, so perhaps I have fewer opportunities to overeat.
Last, but not least, I try to keep physically active. (See my Walking the Bay site.) And I try to limit time sitting behind a computer, get outside and go on chocolate field trips with friends that involve walking. Chocolate walks anyone?
Best to you,