Hi! My name is Stephanie Zonis, and welcome to the October, 2002
edition of For Chocolate Lovers Only. Each month, youll
find recipes, tips, and recommendations on great chocolate specialties.
Chocolate Recommendation of the Month: Meet
John Doyle and Kira Baker, social revolutionaries. In their own
quiet way, this duo has started a business that simultaneously produces
good chocolates in interesting flavors while supporting local farms,
economic decentralization, and art-related field trips for students.
Jubilee Handmade Chocolates, based in Philadelphia, is a
very young business, but John and Kira have clear goals---and creative
palates. The fillings of their chocolates range from coffee-whiskey
to lavender honey to mint to raspberry to star anise (all ganache-based);
new for fall is a pumpkin-spice praline covered in milk chocolate.
Flavors for the centers incorporate ingredients from local farms
and gardens, a wonderful and timely approach. Many ingredients are
organic, too. The chocolates are available in simple, elegant squares
or slightly fancier dome shapes. And Jubilee Handmade Chocolates
has some of the prettiest wedding/special event favor
packaging Ive ever seen.
When youre not munching on one of their vanilla-rum
squares, you can read about The Chocolate Bus and John and Kiras
campaigns to help end child slavery in the chocolate industry (shamefully,
this is a genuine problem in some areas of the world). Should you
be searching for a memorable corporate gift, this would be a fine
place to look. John and Kira do a lot of tasting demonstrations;
otherwise, the best way to get acquainted with their convictions
and their chocolates is to hop on over to their website, at www.jubileechocolates.com.
Jubilee Handmade Chocolates can also be reached by phone
at (215) 386-3860 or by fax at (215) 893-4915. What could be sweeter
than good chocolates going hand-in-hand with good works?
Upcoming Chocolate Event: Its baaaaack!! The Chocolate
Show once more wends its merry way to The Big Apple, arriving on
November 15th and continuing through the 17th . The location will
again be The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, between
6th and 7th Avenues. Exhibitors this year will include Frances
famed Chocolat Weiss, Guittard Chocolate, Valrhona, New York City
institution Li-Lac Chocolates, and Vermeer Dutch Chocolate Cream
Liqueur. In addition, there is an incredible roster of demonstrations,
featuring the likes of Fauchons Florian Bellanger; Pershing
Squares Wayne Brachman; Nick Malgieri (from the Institute
of Culinary Education); Luis Robledo-Richards (from Le Cirque 2000);
and The Wizard of Confectionary Work, better known as Ewald Notter
(I once saw him do a pulled-sugar demonstration that left me gasping
in awe). Tickets are $15 per adult, with discounts for students
(with IDs), senior citizens, and children ages 6 to 14 (children
under 6 are admitted free). There are also discounts for groups
of 10 or more people by advance sale only. For more information,
call (212) 865-6100; advance-sale tickets are available from this
website or via www.chocolateshow.com. By the way, if youve
ever wanted to meet me, heres your chance! Ill be at
Fritz Knipschildts booth this year, ostensibly helping him
(um, better hide those truffles, Fritz!), and Id love to meet
some of my readers. So drop by with your suggestions or questions
or just to say hello. See ya there!
Upcoming Local Food Event: The First Annual Bucks County
Culinary Competition will be held on Sunday, November 10th from
3 to 6 pm, at Hollyhedge Estate in Solebury, PA. Chefs from at least
13 leading restaurants in Bucks County will be preparing, plating,
and serving their signature dishes in appetizer, entrée,
or dessert categories (a restaurant may enter more than one category).
For a mere $40.00 per person, youll be able to taste all the
food; food plus unlimited wine tasting is available for $55.00.
Part of the proceeds will go to the Salvation Armys Soups
On, a culinary training program for men and women living in
shelters. Since this is a competition, therell be four gastronomically-knowledgeable
judges, including Melissa Hamilton from Savoir magazine and Tom
Macrena, president of the Philadelphia Restaurant Association. 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!