Popular New York City Filipino Donut Shop To Host A Fancy Dessert Tasting

Kora, a bakery based in Long Island City, Queens, is best known for making gourmet donuts inspired by Filipino flavors that sell out in mere minutes every week. For Valentine’s Day weekend, the team has something new up their sleeve: a cocktail-style dessert tasting. The accidental entrepreneurs behind Kora, Kimberly Camara and Kevin Borja, worked in fine dining before launching their own business during the pandemic, and they’re finally getting to showcase these skills with this latest project.

The event is called Tsokolate (the Tagalog word for chocolate), and it’s taking place on Saturday, February 12, at Café Kitsuné in the West Village. There will be two tastings held that night, with each one featuring an 8-course dessert menu. In true Kora fashion, Filipino flavors like calamansi, coconut and jasmine will be front and center. A natural wine list curated by Kora and Café Kitsuné will be served from an open bar.

Tsokolate is designed to be a celebration of love, chocolate and Filipino craftsmanship. The Kora team is collaborating with Daniel Corpuz (a Filipino American pastry chef and chocolatier) and Auro Chocolate (a “tree-to-bar” chocolate brand from the Philippines) on the event. With Tsokolate, the Kora team will get to showcase their talents in elevated hospitality and fine dining, Corpuz will demonstrate his craftsmanship in chocolate sculpture and confection, and guests will taste firsthand the quality, diversity and richness of Auro’s Philippine cacao offerings.

A tentative tasting menu is in place, with the team working on refining and final touches in the short weeks leading up to the event. Desserts on the list include White Chocolate Peach Yakult, Sampaguita, White Chocolate & Pear, Caramelized White Chocolate & Banana, Milk Chocolate & Oolong Tea, Coconut Husk-Smoked Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Calamansi & Bay Leaf, Dark Chocolate & Salted Coco Jam , and Single Estate Hot Dark Chocolate.

Camara is particularly excited about the Coconut Husk-Smoked Milk Chocolate mousse. “It’s glazed with Auro’s 70% Paquibato single estate dark chocolate on top of a crunchy chocolate sable cookie,” she told Forbes. “This course was inspired by personal memories during visits to the Philippine countryside: the smell of smoke from open fires and dried coconut husks strewn on the sides of the road. The smoke and delicate creaminess of the milk chocolate complement one another beautifully and nod to the savory elements of chocolate. ”

As far as Covid restrictions go, all guests and staff must provide proof of vaccination upon arrival to the event. Once inside, guests aren’t required to wear masks, but they are strongly encouraged when not consuming food or drink.

If you’re interested in attending this event, I recommend setting a calendar reminder for Friday, January 28 (and even an alarm). Tickets for Tsokolate go on sale on the Kora website at 3 pm EST, and if it’s anything like their donut drops (which sell out in under two minutes every week), they’re bound to go quickly.

Event tickets cost $ 160 each, and a total of 80 tickets will be sold. There are two seatings (6 pm and 8:30 pm), with 40 guests at each seating. Like Kora’s Sari-Sari boxes, there is a limit of two tickets per order.

If you can not attend the event, there’s some exciting news on the horizon for Kora fans. The team is working to open a retail space by Summer 2022. “We are very excited for this next step to give Kora the opportunity to present other offerings and provide a more valuable, presentable connection with our guests,” Camara said. An exact location has not been confirmed, but the team is looking to secure a space in Woodside, Queens.

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