Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the November, 2002
edition of For Chocolate Lovers Only. Each month, youll find
recipes, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties.
Push and pull of the holiday season got you down? I dont know
about you, but cooking and baking are wonderful therapy for me.
Working with food has a wonderful ability to help me put lifes
worries into a proper perspective; you can even eat most of your
mistakes (try that with a tax form or those scooters you didnt
want to buy the kids in the first place!). Make soup for a friend,
bake some brownies from scratch for that bakesale, or just perfect
your scrambled eggs with chives. Youll learn something, and
you might even have fun in the process! Happy Thanksgiving to all
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: As weather
changes with the seasons, so do moods and desires for different
tastes. What appeals in the heats of summer may seem too insubstantial
for blustery winter days. Andrew Shotts, a fixture on the New York
City pastry scene for some years, has been clever enough to recognize
this. Garrison Confections, this months Chocolate Recommendation,
is his baby, and he offers a completely new line of chocolates every
season. Last winters collection included centers like Coffee
Caramel and Cognac Pear, while the spring line introduced selections
such as Mint Tea and Grapefruit. Among others, the Summer, 2002
roster showcased a Strawberry (the pureed berries added to a bittersweet
ganache, covered in dark chocolate), a Trio (layers of hazelnut,
pistachio, and macadamia praline with a half-covering of milk chocolate),
a Two Brothers (bittersweet ganache topped with twin roasted hazelnuts
and covered in dark chocolate), and a Lime (freshly-squeezed lime
juice with milk and dark chocolate ganachehis signature piece).
Mr. Shotts has a commendable sense for blending tastes; if anyone
had tried to tell me lime went with milk and dark chocolate before
I tasted his creation, I might have laughed. But the combination
succeeds beautifully. Garrison Confections are on the small
side, with subtle decorations; the packaging, too, is understated
but well-suited for gift-giving. These are chocolates with some
real thought behind them. And I know the chocolate used is first-rate,
as Mr. Shotts is also the executive pastry chef for Guittard Chocolate
of Burlingame, CA (more years ago than I care to admit, I was an
R&D intern for Guittard one summer, and they produce nowas
they did thenexcellent chocolate). To find out more about
Garrison Confections and discover whats new for this
season, head to www.thechocolateloft.com and click on Garrison
Confections on the sidebar. You can also place an order by
calling (212) 929-2545. Look for Garrison Confections at The Chocolate
Show (more information on the Show is elsewhere in this edition)!
Upcoming Chocolate Event: Are you ready? Do you have your
ticket? Some of the most clever and creative minds in the world
of chocolate will be in New York City this very month, as The
Chocolate Show stages a magnificent return November 15th through
17th ! The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street (between
6th and 7th Avenues), is the place to be for this extravaganza.
Youll find a Childrens Corner, a chocolate fashion show
(the chocolate dresses are amazing!), a Barnes & Noble cookbook
store with author signings, chocolates to purchase or order for
the holidays, lots of chocolate tastings, and me! Whos exhibiting
this year? Bruno Bakery, eChocolates.com, Matterhorn, Valrhona,
Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Liqueur, Garrison Confections, Sandeman
Port & Sherry, and a good number of others I havent room
to list. And wait till you see the incredible demonstration roster!
Lincoln Carson (Olives NY), Karen DeMasco (Craft and CraftBar),
Colette Peters (Colettes Cakes), Dorie Greenspan (I have one
of her books and its great), Francois Payard, Jacques Torres,
Florian Bellanger & Sylvain Leroy (Fauchon & Valrhona),
and so many more wonderful pastry chefs and chocolatiers will be
on hand to make beautiful goodies right in front of you. And if
youve ever wanted to meet me, heres your big chance;
Ill be at the Knipschildt Chocolatier booth for much of the
show, and Id love to say hello to my readers. Come on out,
try some new chocolate, and bask in the glory of being surrounded
by so much of our favorite food! Admission prices are $15 per adult,
with discounts for seniors, students with ID, and kids 6 to 14 (children
under 6 are admitted free). To purchase advance tickets, look for
the link on this site or head over to www.chocolateshow.com; if
youre bringing a group of more than 10 people, you can receive
a discount with advance ticket purchase only. For more information,
call (212) 865-6100 and leave a message (you may also be able to
find brochures in some Barnes & Noble stores in Manhattan).
See ya there!
Upcoming Local Food Event: Got any plans on Sunday, November
10th between 3 and 6 pm? If you live in eastern PA, cancel them!
You have something important to attend; its the First Annual
Bucks County Culinary Competition at Hollyhedge Estate in Solebury,
PA. Leading restaurants in Bucks County are sending their chefs
to go head-to-head in preparing, plating, and serving their signature
dishes; the categories are appetizers, entrées, and desserts
(a restaurant may enter more than one category). Of course, youll
be able to taste everything. The cost? $40.00 per person if you
want to taste just the food; if youd like unlimited wine tastings
with all that food, the cost is $55.00 per person. Part of the proceeds
will go to the Salvation Armys Soups On,
a culinary training program for men and women living in shelters.
Four food-celebrity judges will be on hand to decide whos
awarded what; will your assessments agree with theirs? Theres
only one way to find out! For more information and tickets, please
call (215) 598-3301.
Do you have a comment, question, or suggestion? You can reach me
at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Because
I receive too much junk e-mail, please specify that youre
writing about something chocolate. Thank you!