Expert Interview

Expert Interview Series by our friends at Cilantro: David Levy of Chocolate Tales About Making Fine Chocolate

Chocolate talesDavid Levy, the founder of Chocolate Tales, manages his dream chocolate business. He stays on top of the latest and greatest trends to ensure his events and workshops are incomparable to others. We checked in with David to hear about his chocolate-themed events and learn a few tips about making fine chocolate.How did you come to love all things chocolate?My passion for chocolate started at an early age. After working in the food and hospitality industry for 10+ years and working with chocolate as a hobby, I decided to run chocolate workshops for my VIP clients. After receiving positive feedback, I began to play around with the idea of starting up a business dedicated to interacting and teaching using the chocolate. Because of the overwhelming demand, I kept growing the business. Currently, Chocolate Tales runs 700 – 800 workshops per year.

Talk about the chocolate workshops, home parties, and other events that your company puts on. What kinds of “chocolicious” options do you offer?

Chocolate Tales has over 20 programs for our guests to choose from. We have divided the programs into categories so as not to overwhelm our customers. We provide workshops that last from 45 minutes to half a day. We offer Home Parties, Bachelorette/Bridal, Corporate Team Building, mobile chocolate studios at weddings and special events, as well as child birthday party entertainment and much more.

What kind of responses and feedback do you get from people who attend your chocolate-themed events?

People love our events. We are able to provide a full-service mobile chocolate experience. The guests get a chance to taste, learn, and make fine Belgian chocolate to their hearts’ content. Our focus is on providing a positive, friendly, and professional interaction with all our clients. Our guests get a chance to make chocolates they would only dream of buying at a specialty chocolate store.

Other than a love of chocolate, what other traits and abilities should a skilled chocolatier possess?

Creativity, stamina, precision, and dedication.

What’s the most unusual chocolate-related food, dish, or recipe that you have prepared?

Chocolate Chicken

Could you share a chocolate recipe with us that’s targeted toward grownups instead of kids?

Truffles

Ingredients:

  • 400g bitter chocolate
  • 150g cream 35%
  • 2 Tsp instant coffee
  • 1 oz brandy

Preparation:

  • Place the chocolate in a stainless steel mixing bowl.
  • Heat the cream in a saucepan until it starts to simmer, then add the instant coffee and bring to a boil. Pour the cream onto the chocolate and make sure it is completely covered, then let it sit for a minute.
  • Start mixing the cream until it’s one shiny mass. Now you can add the brandy!
  • Cover the bowl and place in fridge for 6 hours.
  • On parchment paper, prepare an even layer of cocoa powder, take out some of the ganache, and use a spoon to form it into a nut-shaped ball before placing it on the cocoa powder. Roll it around in the cocoa and move it to a clean surface (it helps to use latex gloves to do this).
  • Once you’ve made it all, place it in the fridge for about an hour and then serve. Enjoy!

For people who do not live in Ontario and can’t experience one of your workshops or events, what suggestions do you have for people who want to host a chocolate-making party of their own?

Keep it simple and engaging. It’s always a good idea to make truffles with your guests.

Complete this sentence: “When I’m preparing something chocolatey in the kitchen, I feel naked if I don’t have my…”

“… infra-red thermometer.”

What appliance or gadget should every budding chocolatier have in his or her kitchen?

A melter/tempering machine or Ez-Temper.

Feel free to check out some more great articles @ Cilantro – The Cooks Shop 

Building a Chocolate Bridge at the Luxury Chocolate Show for SickKids Foundation

Imagine building a bridge out of chocolate – and doing a good deed at the same time!

Join us at the Toronto Chocolate Festival and build a delicious miniature replica of structures like San Francisco’s Golden Gate or London’s Tower Bridge.  It’s just $5 to take part – and while you’re having fun, your donation will help support Toronto’s SickKids Hospital, Canada’s largest centre dedicated to children’s health.

 

The Chocolate Tales team will be near the entrance of Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Sunday November 6th 2016 at the 6th Annual Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show from 11am-6pm.

In case you’re wondering, the bridges are made of edible bricks, coated with fine quality melted chocolate, donated by famed supplier Callebaut.  All sorts of mouth-watering and colourful decorations are on hand to help replicate architectural features – and there’s even melted blue cocoa butter to recreate the water below.

And with all that delicious chocolate, it’ll be tough to hold back from licking your fingers!

But how does something so tasty stay so sturdy? 

Get there early to find out the sweet secret - and share the fun to help SickKids at the same time!

  • o   Building a Chocolate Bridge 11am-6pm close to the entrance of Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Sunday November 6th 2016 at the 6th Annual Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show. Tickets $5 and proceeds go to SickKids Foundation, Toronto.

 We run chocolate-making ​workshops and events for all ages! Click here to book a workshop or call  1-800 905 2858 

Halloween Events in Toronto!

 

 

For chocolate lovers one of the sweetest times of the year is Halloween, Hallowe’en, “All Hallows’ Evening”, or All Saints Day- any way you shake it, it’s one of our favourite times of year too! This celebration has been around for over 2,000 years. Today it’s the second largest commercial holiday in the United States with Halloween-related sales of approximately $6.9 billion a year. That’s a whole lot of candy and chocolate…

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The Evolution of Chocolate Bar Wrappers

Thank you to our friends over at Cera Packaging for this lovely infographic!

 

The Evolution of Your Favourite Chocolate Bar Wrappers

The world of chocolate has changed massively since its conception in the early 1900s.

Early wrappers were made from basic tin foil with limited colours and graphic until they evolved into the colourful aluminium wrappers that we see today.

The packaging of chocolate bars has even evolved into the psychology of the human brain and its reaction to seeing certain colours.

Take a look at this great infographic below and learn some of the history behind the evolution of the chocolate bar.

Get Your Life Organized for Back to School Season

10 Incredibly Smart Ideas To Get Your Life Organized:

 

The hot weather is melting away and September awaits us. As the new school season starts and a change of pace sets in, it’s the perfect time to organize our lives. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed with things to do, or perhaps find that you put off doing what you enjoy because you never get to the fun “list”, you may need an intervention. It’s not too late to figure out a system and revamp your schedule so you can make time your friend! Here is our list of 10 recommendations you can implement today:

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How to Become a Chocolatier

What is a chocolatier?

A chocolatier is a person or company who makes confectionary from chocolate. Chocolatiers are distinct from chocolate makers, who create chocolate from cacao beans and other ingredients. If you have never tasted chocolates sculpted by a chocolatier you might be curious to know what makes chocolate made by a chocolatier better than the rest.

 

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Wine & Chocolate Tasting Events!

 

One of the best summer attractions Ontario has to offer is a trip to wine country, Niagara Region, for some wine tasting, good food and site seeing. That’s why we are very excited to announce our collaboration with Pondview Estate Winery this summer. Join us for a classic Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour!

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We Plan Kids Birthday Parties!

Kids celebrate with us! If you are looking to make for a memorable experience choose chocolate making for your kids next birthday party. We are a mobile party option, which means we deliver the best in chocolate entertainment right to your door.

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Mothers Day Chocolates and Gifts!

 

Mother’s Day is May 10th! It’s a modern celebration honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. We love moms for the various things they teach us and their love and support along the way!

 

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Chocolate Tales Collaborates with Goemans Appliances

 

Your favourite Chocolate making business is growing!

Did you know you can join us for a workshop in Stoney Creek or Woodbridge? You can! We collaborated with Goemans Appliances @ www.goemans.com and we are now featuring our workshops at 2 of their locations:

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