Washington, June 21, 2006 – The Distilled Spirits Council hosted a unique event that excited the palate by pairing seven of the world’s most renowned vodkas with freshly made gourmet chocolates prepared by Jacques Torres, Mr. Chocolate, at his New York City chocolate factory on Tuesday, June 13th.

 “The distinct flavors and characteristics of super-premium vodkas have made them the fastest growing segment of the industry’s leading category.” said Shawn Kelley, Director of Public Relations for the Distilled Spirits Council.  “Coupling high-end vodka with the leader of the confectionery industry seemed like an interesting pairing to explore.”

 New York City hotspots are getting in on this emerging trend.  Double Seven lounge pairs cocktails with the day’s shipment of Debauve & Gallais chocolates while Del Posto restaurant offers a chocolate tasting paired with aged rum on its dessert menu.

 The Distilled Spirits Council event featured specialty cocktails by master mixologist Brian Van Flandern of PER SE restaurant using super premium vodkas such as Ciroc and Belvedere and flavored vodkas like Grey Goose La Vanille, Absolut Peppar, Finlandia Mango and Stoli Blueberi.  Each cocktail was paired with a delicious chocolate innovation from Jacques Torres like his Wicked Fun, Passion Hearts and Heavenly Hazelnut.

 “The super-premium vodkas possess an exquisite smoothness that works extremely well with the chocolate,” said Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres Chocolate.

Mr. Chocolate and Van Flandern will provide background on their individual creations and their collaborative effort to design complimentary pairings.

 Contact Information:

 Jacques Torres Chocolates Brooklyn – 718.875.9772