Much like grapes harvested for wine, where and how cocoa beans are grown can influence the taste of chocolate. That’s why Paris-based Chocolat Michel Cluizel, 888 Broadway, 212-477-7335, chocolatmichelcluizel-na.com, provides fascinating and delicious chocolate tastings that are a perfect party treat. The chocolatier, whose only retail store outside of France is located within Manhattan’s ABC Carpet & Home, sets up customized tastings during cocktails or dessert. The table is manned by a well-versed chocolate "sommelier" who educates guests about different beans and cocoa percentages (way more compelling than it sounds, trust us). The company can also offer spirits and cocktails, like cognac and champagne, to complement the sweets.