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Chocolate lovers can savor five decadent courses at Stockton Inn on Valentine’s weekend

Vanilla Poached Lobster with Cippolini Onion and Port-Chocolate Sauce.

Vanilla Poached Lobster with Cippolini Onion and Port-Chocolate Sauce.

Nothing says amour like chocolate on Valentine’s Day, and the Stockton Inn’s “Chocolate Decadence” Tasting Menu has cocoa in all of its variations in every course, from white chocolate to hot and spicy chili cocoa powder.

Chef Alan Heckman hopes his five-course tasting menu will help lovers who love chocolate get primed for a steamy weekend.

“This was really a delight to conceive,” said Heckman. “There’s chocolate in every bite, and that can really set the mood for love.”

Guests may also choose to pair each course with wine. The tasting experience is $75 per person (plus tax and gratuity) or $100 per person with wine pairings.

Chef Alan Heckman.

Chef Alan Heckman.

The decadent menu will be served exclusively on Valentine’s Weekend (Friday, Feb. 12 through Sunday, Feb. 14). It will also be available, along with the Stockton Inn’s seasonal a-la-carte menu, through Sunday, Feb. 28.

5-Course “Chocolate Decadence” Tasting Menu


Roasted Parsnip Soup

White Chocolate, Vanilla, and Chocolate Dusted Crouton

Wine: Domaine Wachau Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Terrassen 2014, Austria


Torchon of Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Chocolate Brioche, Blackberry, Mache

Wine: Vicolo Pinot Grigio delle Venezie 2014, Italy


Vanilla Poached Lobster

Cippolini Onion and Port-Chocolate Sauce

Wine: Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2013, Washington


Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Roasted Loin of Lamb

Chili Glazed Carrot and Cauliflower Puree

Wine: Michael Pozzan “Annabella Special Selection” Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, California


76% Chocolate Panna Cotta

Roasted Strawberry, Pistachio and Orange Meringue

Wine: Michael David “Petite Sirah/Petite Verdot” 2013, California


The Stockton Inn is located at 1 S. Main St. in Stockton, N.J.

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