Sunday, August 30, 2015

chocolatier: the next generation

One of the reasons we were able to dive in & create some new chocolates these past couple of weeks was that we had an incredible intern who worked with us before the school semester kicked in. Meet Elery, an accomplished baker & chocolatier in her own right, the kind of young woman who spends her spare time manning a melangeur in her home kitchen & using her own ground chocolate to make an array of delicious bonbons & baked goods (we were lucky enough to be able to sample some!). We rocked our hairnets & fancy aprons, & experimented with new flavor combinations & techniques. Elery kept us laughing, questioning & exploring, & we are so grateful to have such a fun, smart & energetic person help us in the kitchen!

You can have the opportunity to try out some of Elery's treats if you're lucky enough to go to her family's art & community space, 118 Elliot, on a night when she's offering some of her wares for sale. 

We hope to have Elery back in the chocolate lab for some guest-star chocolatiering during the holiday season.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

take flight

New on the menu at the charming & delicious Gill Tavern: a flight of mendiants in dark, milk & white chocolate with different seasonal & classic inclusions depending on the whim of the chocolatier
Back on our menu: Mont Vert terrine with dark milk chocolate, Vermont creamery chévre, Vermont honey & a whiff of lavender
Happy Summertime Feasting!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

shop talk

Get your day started with the most delicious beans the planet has to offer: we're open Monday - Friday 9am - 1pm in the shop. Stop by for fresh, house-roasted single origin coffee, handmade chocolates, & cool air conditioning!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

the big picture

What a whirlwind this past few weeks has been! We were honored to take part in this year's Food, Mindfully Slow Living Summit & Strolling of the Heifers event, where we had the opportunity to attend some very informative & insightful Summit panels on food entrepreneurship, as well as hear inspiring plenary speeches that resounded with ideas & approaches we will take into our own business. Topped off by vending in our town's wonderful Farmers Market where we get to see our friends & fans, meet new customers, & talk to the other amazing vendors, our past few weeks have been rich with local food & inspiration!

We finished our business plan, with many thanks for input & inspiration from our trusted circle of local business & food entrepreneur friends.

And working with with an incredibly talented photographer, Christina Bernales, who took the lush & breathtaking photos above, was an absolute thrill, as well as really fun & inspiring. How lucky are we, & how very grateful? Very!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

market days

We are really enjoying being at the Farmers Market on Saturdays. What an incredible collection of food & talent, & so good to connect with both vendors & fans. Fingers crossed that sunny & cooler weather continues!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

to market, to market

We had a fantastic time at our local Farmers Market yesterday, sitting in on Rigani Pizza's wonderful booth, shaded by an enormous maple tree. The weather held out for chocolatiers, with temperatures in the mid-70s & just enough clouds to keep the booth cool, but not dampen spirits. 

We were blown away by the number of people who mentioned that they'd read about us in The Commons last month, one lovely couple even driving up from Connecticut for the day specifically to check us out! Besides wonderful feedback on our bonbons, we were excited to hear about how many people were already familiar with our fare at North End Butchers, & to meet new people who sampled & grabbed chocolates to go home with them, or couldn't wait that long & just gobbled them up right away. 

Wow, everyone, thanks so much for a great reception! We'll be back in a couple of weekends, with our summer menu. Cheers!

Monday, May 4, 2015

open door

Thanks to all of the people who made our opening possible, from woodworking, painting & wiring, to tasting, purchasing, gifting & advising. And many thanks to everyone who stopped by on our first official opening day!

The current plan is to open the doors every Saturday from 9am-1pm (barring appearances at local Farmers Markets), & some Friday evenings for special menus & tastings. We'll keep you posted on our schedule as we go. Cheers!