Boehm’s is set for a tasty night of jazz, chocolate and wine

July 16, 2013

By Evan Pappas

Boehm’s Candies has already begun setting up for the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz event July 25.

Held at the Boehm’s Candies gardens for the 25th year in a row, the evening event will see various local restaurants, wineries, breweries, artists and art vendors providing their services. Jazz group The Scott Cossu Trio will perform at the event as well.

Ellen Martin, event and vendor manager, said excitement about the event is a testament to the support from the community.

“It grows each year thanks to community participation,” she said.

Having grown enough to support 500 attendees, the event has brought together Issaquah’s finest to celebrate the community, Martin said.

Several businesses, artists, vendors and restaurants will return after participating previously.

Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz will host 12 local eateries and restaurants, 11 wineries, seven arts and crafts vendors, and two breweries.

During “The Artist in Action,” an artist from The Native Stone Concrete will work on a sculpture for the night. Steve Hartley, from Muggshotz Caricatures, will provide free caricatures as well.

Palettes and Pairings will have blank canvases for people to draw on while they enjoy a variety of wines and beers. All of the arts and crafts will be related to the themes of the night: chocolate, wine and jazz.

Boehm’s Candies isn’t just holding the event in its garden, but is also helping provide food and tours of the area. Tours of the chocolate factory will be offered every half hour starting at 6:30 p.m.

The tour begins with the old residence of Julius Boehm, the founder of the business, right above the shop. From there, the tour goes through the factory and explains how the chocolate is made.

Narissa Burton, office manager, said the tour really shows that Boehm’s is special.

“People can see what we are known for, which is hand dipping,” Burton said.

After the chocolate factory, the tour continues on to the Boehm’s chapel, which is frequently used for weddings due to its location and aesthetics. It is a replica of a chapel in St. Moritz, Switzerland. Built in 1989 to memorialize fallen mountain climbers, the chapel was one of Julius Boehm’s last projects.


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Chocolate, Wine & All That Jazz

  • 5:30 p.m. July 25
  • Boehm’s Candies
  • 255 N.E. Gilman Blvd.
  • The event is for people 21 and over.
  • Tickets are $40 until July 19; they’re $45 after the 20th. There will only be 500 tickets available. Buy them online at or by

phone at 392-0661.

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