Last Night's Scottsdale Culinary Event: The Chocolate and Wine "Experience"

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Close seconds to Dempsey included Copper Creek Cheesecake's fluffy chocolate truffle cheesecake with a delicate crumble crust and Talking Stick Resort's B-52, a dark chocolate missile filled with semisweet milk and white chocolate, Kailua, bourbon, and Grand Marnier.

Only a couple restaurants dared to venture into more savory territory. Sassi paired duck crostini with chocolate marsala, strawberries, and marcona almonds with red wine chocolate shot (served in an edible chocolate mini mug); while Los Sombreros dished out samples of chicken mole sauce with chips and a chocolate tamale -- which was essentially chocolate cake and ice cream just served on a piece of corn husk.

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