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People relocate to California to become the next star. zChocolat has become that star! During September 15th -17th we were present for the 2016 DPA Pre Award Gift Suite in Beverly Hills. This was the Pre-Award weekend where actors and directors were recognized for being the crème de la crème of the American television industry. zChocolat was present for such an exclusive weekend.


The Event

The event was hosted by DPA, known for assembling elegant and exclusive gift suites for celebrities. Founder and French native Nathalie Dubois has hosted one of the most exclusive gift lounges for celebrities in several locations such as Los Angeles, Cannes, Paris, Monte Carlo, Dubai, Doha, Venice, Hong Kong, and Toronto. The affair was held at the AAA-Four Diamond rated Luxe Hotel on Rodeo Drive, synonymous with fame, fortune and exclusivity. zChocolat felt right at home!


The Guests

Over 250 guest attended the 2016 DPA Pre-Award Gift Suite. Amongst those that made an appearance were winners Courtney B. Vance, Patrika Darbo, and Keegan-Michael Key which were presented individually with our delectable chocolates. We were proud to be a part of this event that recognizes these stars’ talented work because they truly deserve the best which is zChocolat.


Emmy Winner Courtney B. Vance, who won Outstanding Leading Actor for The People v. O.J. Simpson, gave a lovely speech recognizing his wife, the fabulous actress Angela Bassett. We hope he shared his chocolates with her.


Emmy Winner actress Patrika Darbo holding our one of a kind chocolate, as if she knew she would be winning her first statuette.


Emmy Winner comedian and actor Keegan-Michael Key was elated to have some zChocolat, he ended up winning an award for his series Key & Peele.


Several other celebs from the show American Crime, American Horror Story, Better Call Saul, Black-ish, Fear the Walking Dead, Roots, Silicon Valley, Transparent, Tyrant, and Veep to name a few also received our French gourmet chocolates. Our U.S. representative Dakota Schoen was there to meet these actors.


The Stars

Top row L-R: nominated actress Melora Hardin from the show Transparent, Sam Richardson from the award winning comedy series VEEP, and Mexican actor Luis Bordonada from nominated show Better Call Saul. Bottom row L-R: Nigerian actor Babs Olusanmokun from the show Roots, and Susie Abromeit from Jessica Jones.


Top row L-R: Kobi Libii from the series Madam Secretary, and Minjin Altansukh, fashion blogger from her blog Life as Minjin. Bottom row L-R: Actor Johnny Ortiz (second from the right) and guests from the nominated show American Crime, and Canadian actress Genevieve Buechner from the show The 100.


Top row L-R: David Del Rio and guest from Grease: Live and  Adina Porter from the show The 100. Bottom row L-R: Skylan Brooks from the new show The Get Down, and Aly Mawji and guest from the nominated show Silicon Valley.


Top row L-R:  Kristen Rakes far left and Maya Rose Berko far right from the well-received cult favorite American Horror Story, and Lynn Whitfield from the show Greenleaf. Centre row L-R: Eric Millegan from the series Bones, and Jill E. Alexander (centre) and guest from the show Silicon Valley. Bottom row L-R: Cuban actress Danay García from the show Fear the Walking Dead, and Jennifer Finnigan from the drama series Tyrant with her husband Jonathan Silverman.


Even the kids loved us! From  the nominated comedy show Black-ish, top row L-R : Marsai Martin, Miles Brown, and bottom left Marcus Scribner; bottom row: Jade Pettyjohn from the nominated Nickelodeon show School of Rock. They all enjoyed some zChocolat!


The Chocolates

All the Dawn boxes are presented in 100 % French cotton pouch, in addition, the basswood box is handcrafted in the Jura region of France.

The celebrities were furnished with a small tease of our 4 stupendous flavours, including the ever-famous Z chocolate. These exquisite flavours were: crunchy praliné with sweet and salty caramel, chocolate number zero: a slow roasted hazelnut almond praliné, chocolate number 1: a vanilla ganache infused with lavender and chocolate number 2: a delightful Italian gianduja praline. The all-natural handcrafted basswood box displays an undeniable spirit of charm.

An ambrosial California weekend that was a star studded success for zChocolat. Until the next red carpet !



Photos courtesy of DPA