Chocolate lovers and Dublin’s top foodies gathered on Wednesday, 26th April, in Dublin’s top five star boutique hotel dylan, for the launch of luxury Irish chocolate brand, Lily O’Brien’s new premium collection, The Exquisite Edition. Guests on the night enjoyed a sumptuous exploration of taste, representing the all new collection which combines exotic ingredients from far-flung locations, with simple riches from the Irish countryside.
Lily O’Brien’s founder, Mary Ann O’Brien and Managing Director, Eoin Donnelly were in good company on the night with attendees including food writer Dee Laffan, stylist Claudia Gocoul and a host of foodie fanatics and industry insiders. On arrival, guests were treated to a prosecco reception hosted by Mary Ann O’Brien, before sitting down to enjoy a lavish meal inspired by the new collection of chocolates. The bespoke menu on the night was created especially for the occasion by dylan’s executive head chef, Mark Bodie and each course was inspired by the unique and innovative flavours of the new Lily O’Brien’s collection.
For starter guests enjoyed a vanilla and chilli poached pear salad, served with crumbled Cashel Blue cheese and almonds, inspired by the Pear & Almond chocolate, paired with the Tahitian vanilla of the Crème Brulée recipe. The main course of lemon and coriander chicken with ginger and soy broth was inspired by the new collection’s Ginger & Lemon Confit chocolate.
Naturally chocolate took centre stage for dessert with a Lily O’Brien’s Death by Chocolate stealing the show on the night. This mouth-watering sweet treat demonstrated the brand’s much loved classic chocolate recipes and included a Lily O’Brien’s milk chocolate panna cotta and Callebaut warm chocolate brownie, served with Lily O’Brien’s dark chocolate mousse and chocolate ice cream. The sitting closed with a Hazelnut Cappuccino, inspired by the intense combination of the all new dark chocolate with Arabica bean espresso and roasted hazelnuts, from the new collection.
Guests were then invited to explore the full assortment of chocolates from the new Exquisite Edition at an interactive tasting station, with fresh ingredients which brought to life the rich flavours of each new recipe, including Sicilian lemons, Tahitian vanilla, Thai stem ginger, Venezuelan cocoa beans, spiced orange and of course Irish Achill sea salt.
Speaking at the launch of the new collection, founder of Lily O’Brien’s, Mary Ann O’Brien said “From the beginning Lily O’Brien’s was all about amazing taste, delicious ingredients and creating mouth-watering recipes to share with family and friends. Named after my daughter, Lily, the company creates chocolates that we can be proud of every day and in creating the new Exquisite Edition, our team has scaled new heights and truly reached for the moon and stars. Combining local Irish ingredients with elements from each corner of the world, our Exquisite Edition chocolates deliver a flavour voyage with every mouthful.”
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