Phillip Ashley takes chocolate to unexplored heights! Chef Phillip Ashley Rix’s couture candies are of the highest creativity and quality. He uses the most luxurious fair trade chocolate and believes that “every chocolate should tell a story.”
Our Memphis-based, award-winning chocolatier was named one of America’s Best Confectioners and Chocolatiers in 2013 by TasteTV for his dynamic ingredient combinations and unique designer chocolates. Chef Phillip began his journey upward in 2007, self-training in the difficult art of chocolate. In 2012, he exited a more than 10-year career in the creative marketing field with FedEx, UPS and Apple to pursue the art of chocolate making. Highpoints in his candy-making career have included commissions to create chocolates for the Emmy awards in 2012 and for the Oscars in 2013!
Marie Antoinette and Jubilee
Three cake-based chocolates make up Phillip Ashley’s newest collection. He introduced this set of heart shaped delights in July. One is called “What’s Up Doc,” a carrot cake chocolate; “Blanket,” chocolate covered strawberry cake; and “Red Crushed Velvet,” red velvet cake and mascarpone. Yum! And what a wonderful favor for girls of all ages!
Another tasty bit that joined the Phillip Ashley menu this month is “Jubilee,” modeled after a cherries jubilee dessert with flavors of sour cherry and buttered orange.
A Presence in Portugal
Churchill’s Port, based in Portugal, is one of Chef Phillip’s most recent commissions. This high-end port wine company is now carrying Phillip Ashley’s “Porto” chocolates as part of the Churchill product line. Impressive!
The Taste of Memphis Collection
Chef Phillip’s selection of designer chocolates that all Memphians should sample was inspired by the legendary cuisine for which Memphis is famous … BBQ. If you want to share a creative taste of Memphis with anyone, send a box of these Memphis-inspired candies!
The Taste of Memphis is a 6-piece collection. We tried and loved them all, but don’t miss “Memphis,” a combination of world famous BBQ sauce blended with 62% dark chocolate or “Coco Loco,” a blend of coconut, pineapple and Meyer lemon white chocolate. Deliciously fun and distinctive!
Tasting is believing, right? We enjoyed a decadent night out in the middle of the week at the Phillip Ashley Midtown Chocolate Design Studio & Boutique: Tastemaker Thursdays at Phillip Ashley take place on the third Thursday of each month. Chef Phillip privately hosts a local tasting event like no other for this ultra-exclusive evening. Only the first 25 serious chocolate lovers to make reservations attend, so buy your online ticket early, $30 per person. Each monthly tasting presents a new theme with specially selected designer chocolate pairings, light hors d’oeuvres, jazz music and good company. Seriously, can you think of a nicer crowd than one with a shared love of chocolate?
Our delectable night featured Touring Tequila: Tequila Varietals paired with Spicy Chocolates. The next Tastemaker Thursday is on August 21, called “International Wine Day,” featuring Wines from Frederick Wildman & Sons. Make your reservation (soon!) online: phillipashley.com
Special Events at the Cooper-Young Studio
If you cannot make it to Tastemaker Thursday, you can still enjoy a similar “chocolate” event that you create! Chef Phillip says that he has hosted custom private tastings at his Midtown studio for everything from bridal showers to birthday parties, girls’ nights to company celebrations, from private seated tastings for 8 to cocktail parties for up to 40 people.
And this fall, Phillip Ashley has a huge Masquerade Charity Ball in the works. A sweet place to be on Halloween night … save the date!
Building an International Clientele
Memphis is lucky to have Chef Phillip’s designer chocolates right around the corner in Cooper-Young, but to accommodate his worldwide following, Phillip Ashley has added a new online shopping experience, launched just this week! The new site is a super design, fun to browse and it will allow shoppers to enjoy a more interactive process for placing custom orders. Check it out at phillipashleychocolates.
Stop in soon to visit Chef Phillip and customize your box of couture chocolates! Phillip Ashley offers complimentary shipping throughout the U.S. Store hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Big things are happening in this avant-garde studio on Cooper!