In a few weeks, they'll be eating chalk and drawing with chocolate in the Gourmet Ghetto
. Wait! Scratch that, reverse it, as Willy Wonka would say. The annual Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival
in Berkeley combines a sidewalk chalk-drawing contest with a wild tasting menu
created by area establishments that's themed all around chocolate. Think chocolate chicken tikka masala, Caribbean black bean chocolate soup, and chocolate pizza, in addition to staples like truffles and ice cream. The chalky, chocolaty fun happens Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on North Shattuck in Berkeley. Admission is free; 10-packs of chocolate-tasting tickets are $10.