Painting the (Chocolate) Roses Red

For the 2015 Burlington, VT ArtHop I wanted to pay tribute to my favorite story of all-time – Lewis Carroll's Adventures in Wonderland.

I tried to pick out some of my favorite scenes and find a way to represent them in chocolate. Narrowing it down was hard! There is so much rich and fantastical imagery in the book.

You can see my completed sculptures on my event page

"Painting the (chocolate) roses red"

"Painting the (chocolate) roses red"

"Falling Stack of Cards"

"Falling Stack of Cards"

"The Playing Cards"

"The Playing Cards"

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Discover Jazz Festival 2015

The Burlington discovered jazz festival is an annual looking to broaden awareness and appreciation of jazz with really amazing performances. It's one of the many reasons I love living in Vermont.

To celebrate this year I made jazz inspired chocolate sculpture that will be on display at Lake Champlain Chocolates on Church Street.

if you happen to be downtown for this years event, swing by Lake Champlain chocolates and check it out. Oh, and grab yourself a truffle while you're there!

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Caramel Apples Dipped, Swirled and Devoured

Caramel apples getting a chocolate drizzle

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lake Champlain Chocolates and South End Kitchen caramel apple dipping session at EatxNE. We started with 100 local apples and by the end of the afternoon each one had been dipped, swirled and devoured. That's a lot of sticky fingers! 

I hope you all had as much fun as I did. Leave a comment below and let us know what you thought!


A Rock Star's Chocolate Request

2014 Grand Point North logo in chocolate for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

2014 Grand Point North logo in chocolate for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

I was on maternity leave during last year's Grand Point North, so I was really looking forward to this year's festival. That excitement only grew when I found out that Grace Potter and Matt Burr had requested a chocolate sculpture to be delivered to the show!

I've had the pleasure of working with these guys in the past so I wanted to make something a bit different this time around. Something to welcome them home to Vermont. As I thought about it more, the answer seemed obvious -- the GPN logo. I can only imagine how much effort and coordination it takes to producing a festival like GPN. The band pays particular interest to local musicians, artists and food and I've always respected that. So for this year's sculpture I kept it simple and celebrated the festival. My favorite part? Those white chocolate wings and each individual chocolate feather.

I'm hoping that Grace and the guys had a chance to enjoy this sculpture as a post-show snack. I already have some great ideas in mind for GPN 2015 if they're looking for their next chocolate fix.

Chocolate Bar Class

Summer hours have ended for our South End Kitchen chocolate bar class, but classes are still available most Saturdays! Check out the online class schedule for more information and sign up today to reserve your spot!

About the Class

Tie on your apron and discover the fun of working with chocolate  — from tempering to moulding.  This great class for first-time confectioners will start with a brief lesson on chocolate types, then we'll dive right in, showing you how to create your very own bars.

Marshmallow Class

Handmade and dipped marshmallows

Handmade and dipped marshmallows

OK, let's talk facts regarding these handmade and dipped marshmallows:

  1. They are life changing
  2. Smores will never be the same
  3. You can learn how to make them with me at South End Kitchen

The class is part of our 'Kids Cook' week and will take place on April 21, 2014 from 10:00am to 11:30am. More information available here.

Grand Point North 2012 Review

Grand Point North chocolate sculpture for Grace Potter

Grand Point North chocolate sculpture for Grace Potter

It's not too often you get a back stage pass to hand deliver a chocolate sculpture to a rock star. Needless to say, today was a good day.