What a place: 40 Irving Place

As you may have noticed, the next chocolate party will be held at 40 Irving Place. The historic venue is currently Washington Irving High School and started out, in the early 20th century, as Girls’ Technical High School.The school was one of the first to cater to girls focusing on careers and vocations as well as traditional academics.

C.B.J. Snyder designed the eight-story structure with an imposing arched entrance, and added a couple of round-arched Florentine Renaissance windows on the seventh floor. The two-story base is made of limestone and above that is gray brick with terracotta and limestone. They aren’t made like this any more!

The interior of the school is so impressive that it is likely to become a National Landmark! There is a two-story foyer with a mezzanine balcony, and a large skylit auditorium, all designed in Gothic Style. The lobby’s paintings are a history of New York. The central point of the lobby is a grand, decorative fireplace. Above the fireplace are flag-draped statues of women carved from a single piece of white stone.

So that’s the history, now come to see it for yourself!


Mark your calendars: Party on Sunday July 26!

On Sunday, July 26 your Chocolate Girl, Vanessa Barg, and the Founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Joshua Rosenthal, will be throwing a party honoring all graduates of IIN! Everyone, graduate or not, is welcome to join the celebration! Bring family and friends and be prepared to dance the night away while filling up on the most nutricious chocolate ever.

This night is dedicated to the recent 1500 graduates of IIN who are now fully armed with the best knowledge in the world to become Super Counselors. We are offering our Super Counselor bar, created especially for them, and now for the public in a limited batch at just $4.95. It is the size of a business card, perfect for new counselors to affix their own business cards to and make a real impression on new clients. The bar contains Pau D’Arco (strengthens the immune system), Cat’s Claw (anti-viral), Ashwaganda (energy), Holy Basil (stress relief), and Reishi Mushroom (longevity), in addition to our dreamy Simplicity cacao/Crystal Manna base.

Keep an eye out for Gang of Chefs! They'll be at the event giving out tastes and doing cooking demonstrations, yum yum!

The party will take place at 40 Irving Place (between 16th and 17th Streets) and will go from 7-10pm. Sign up early for just $15, or pay $20 at the door. The location, Washington Irving High School, has a fascinating history and beautiful architectural accents. See the next post for more details, and we’ll see you next Sunday at the party!