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Kohler chocolates at the Fancy Food Show (Credit: Kristan Lawson)

 

Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods

The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.


One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.

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  • pinitbutton Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook – Review

Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

By Rick Mast & Michael Mast

(Little, Brown and Company, 2013)

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Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook

 


Cutting-Edge Chocolate Recipes


Rick and Michael Mast are the darlings of the bean-to-bar craft chocolate movement. From their early artisanal efforts in their Brooklyn apartment in 2007 to their current chocolatier stardom, they are paving their way into your kitchen now. The duo has already impressed top chefs including Daniel Humm, Alice Waters and Alain Ducasse with their skills, and Thomas Keller has written the foreword for Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook.

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A Chocolate a Day

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CACAOCUVEE DARK SECRET Chocolate


With health benefits ranging from reduced blood pressure to improved brain function, dark chocolate is the new kale chip. But, there’s a catch. In order to be virtuous, chocolate needs to be eaten in moderation and have a cacao content of at least 65 percent.


If you have a hard time regulating your consumption, CACAOCUVEE is here to help. Cited by Oprah as one of her “favorite things” in 2012, the company’s DARK SECRET chocolate is packaged in daily bite-size portions. The handmade, preservative-free treats are crafted from 67 percent cacao combined with all-natural ingredients.

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República del Cacao chocolate bar


Chocolate Prices on the Rise


Love chocolate? You have lots of company. Increased consumption in Asia and Latin America and an upswing in sales in Europe and the U.S. have brought global chocolate demand to an all-time high. The bad news is that manufacturers are facing an unprecedented rise in the price of cocoa butter, the almost-magical ingredient which helps give chocolate its creamy, irresistible texture.

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Valrhona “Dulcey” Blond Chocolate Bar

 

by: Sylvie Greil


White chocolate is a bit of the stepchild in the dark and alluring world of cacao. Usually deservedly so.


A. It doesn’t contain cocoa solids (the healthy dark stuff boasting antioxidants and theobromine)
B. It often has an odd texture.
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Chocolates for the Holidays

on December 07th, 2012
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Chocolatier Hasty Torres with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot


If you are planning to spend the weekend chocolate shopping for the holidays, allow me to make a suggestion. Log on to chocolatier Hasty Torres’s website where you will find some 100 chocolate items in twenty-three different flavors. Her nickname is Madame Chocolat, as she is the wife of Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres. (Remember the chocolate kitchen ovens he created at Le Cirque?) From bonbons to chocolates in the shapes of watches, shoes, purses, Santa Claus, Christmas trees, Hanukkah items, holiday glitter truffles and much more, the result will surely be a sweet ending.

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A Couple Deep in Chocolate

on December 07th, 2011
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Hasty Torres in her Beverly Hills store with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot

Some couples are diabolic, but Jacques & Hasty Torres aka Mr. Chocolate and Madame Chocolat, are “chocoholic.” Jacques operates out of Brooklyn, Hasty out of Beverly Hills. If you are in the Los Angeles area and cannot drive to Beverly Hills or cannot fly to New York to indulge in their chocolate creations, you have a chance to get their pieces at two pop-up stores. One is located at The Grove in Los Angeles (near the foot of the Christmas tree across from Crate & Barrel), and the second one in Glendale at Americana at Brand (102 Caruso Ave. across from Trattoria Amici restaurant and Barnes & Noble, formerly Guess Accessory store).

His chocolate products are wrapped in brown and orange, while hers are in brown and beige, so there is no reason to be confused. Since it’s the holiday season, we recommend Jacques’ Christmas tree, snowman, and Santa Claus and Hasty’s nutcrackers, watches or gift baskets. They run from $1 to $200.

You will also find their classics: Hasty’s Eiffel Tower, High Heel Pumps, or truffles; and Jacques’ chocolate caramel corn, espresso beans or chocolate-covered marshmallows (I never had those, so they’re next on my list.)

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  • pinitbutton Triple Chocolate Truffle Pizza at the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills

by: Sophie Gayot


Yes, you read my title correctly: Triple chocolate truffle pizza! And to be clear, I mean real truffles, not chocolate truffles.


The story goes that the general manager of the Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills, Pradeep Raman, really loves food — and since I was able to test him, trust me, he knows about food. So he asked Mirko Paderno, the chef of the hotel’s restaurant Oliverio, to come up with some fun ideas around chocolate. The pair created “Choco-Sutra,” an all-you-can-eat chocolate buffet served on Fridays and Saturdays around the pool from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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Home Sweets Home

on November 19th, 2010
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by: Sophie Gayot


There are two ways to talk about Maison Richard, culinarily speaking. It’s a restaurant open 7 days a week (except Sunday night) with non-stop service from breakfast to dinner, but it is probably more famous for its pastries, based on über chef Michel Richard‘s recipes. Let’s not forget the croissants, brioches and apple-turnovers (chaussons aux pommes in French).

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Labriola Bakery & Café launched a super-sweet concept-within: Labriola Pasticerria.

by Jennifer Olvera

 

Just about everyone fell in love with Labriola Bakery & Café, a handsome offshoot of the esteemed Alsip, Ill., wholesale bakery, when it opened in an upscale, if generic, Oak Brook strip mall outside of Chicago in late 2008.

 

Owner Rich Labriola, a pizza-maker’s son, formed one of the area’s most respected—and profitable—artisan bread-baking companies back in 1993, supplying his wares to hotels and restaurants, such as Rosebud, Phil Stefani ventures and Spago, before taking the next step.

 

Sure, lines snake around the store or out the door during peak times, but few seem to mind—especially now. Labriola just expanded, launching concept-within Labriola Pasticerria, where sweets—almost too pretty to eat—provide eye candy for the lunch-breaking suits, socialites and regular, old carb lovers who gobble fare at wooden tables illuminated by a roaring fire or flickering flat-screens.

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