When you're offered unlimited samplings of gourmet chocolates, as happens at the Los Angeles Luxury Chocolate Salon, you may feel the impulse to devour as much chocolate as you can in as little time as possible. That's a recipe for a massive tummy ache, so pace yourself: There's so much to taste here, you don't want to miss a bite. This year's chocolatiers include Marti Chocolatt, Choclatique, Chocoveda, Sterling Confections, David Bacco, Ciel, Droga Confections and CocoTutti, with wine tastings by Hearthstone Vineyard and Winery, Buena Vista Winery and Quady Winery. You can break up the nibbling and drinking with author talks by Lucy Lean (Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food), Ed Engoron (Choclatique) and A.K. Crump (Chocolate French: Recipes, Language and Directions to Francais au Chocolat), plus a panel discussion with Top Chef: Just Desserts' Danielle Keene. Pasadena Center, the Ballroom, 300 Green St., Pasadena; Sun., Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $30, $24 in advance, $10 kids 6-12, 6 & under free. lachocolatesalon.com.

Sun., Sept. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011

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