Halloween is just around the corner, and local chocolatiers are getting into the spirit of the holiday with themed, handcrafted treats. Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate is offering two pound golden skulls — fabricated for Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips by Joshua King — made from 72% South American dark chocolate. She’s also crafted two pound “bloody hearts” (that are anatomically correct), tiny brains, and miniature skulls filled with dulce de leche and sea salt. The chocolatiers at CocoAndre have put together a selection of themed goodies. There’s colorful hand-painted skulls, chocolate coffins, jack-o-lanterns, owls, witches and more. Kate Weiser is offering beautiful, hand-painted skulls and pumpkins. And Chocolate Secrets has a range of treats from hand-made candy corns and chocolate pops to painted truffles. The sweets are a perfect option for those folks who want to go above and beyond Hershey’s bars and M&M’s this year.Full Story
The packed Addison event showcased local and national chocolatiers who dispensed samples, and some knowledge too.Full Story
The newest Trinity Groves concept, Kate Weiser Chocolate, is definitely an experience. The modern little spot has so much color everywhere, mostly originating from the giant wall of Kate’s painted face, but also from the gorgeous display case of chocolates. Every piece is hand-painted and one-of-a-kind, and the flavors are certainly not your average mall-store […]Full Story
The 5th annual event hosts Texas chocolatiers as well as other premium makers from across the country. Sample, learn, buy, and sample some more.Full Story
The shop offers hand-painted confections as well as cookies, coffees, ice creams and gift boxes.Full Story
I wish these sweet-and-savory skulls were a permanent fixture at Dude, Sweet Chocolate.Full Story
For the third installment of Distinguished Drinkers, we talk with Katherine Clapner, the mastermind behind Dude, Sweet Chocolate, about a few less traditional drinks in the Dallas area.Full Story
Today is World Chocolate Day and tomorrow is Whiskey Tuesday. Great way to start a week!Full Story
Kelsey Timmerman, the author of Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy, will be at Chocolate Secrets at 7:00 pm on Friday, April 18 to talk on origins of chocolate.Full Story
Dark chocolate consumption is a bona fide guilty pleasure of mine that I partake in regularly. In preparation for the upcoming Easter holiday, I have spent a great deal of time visiting some of the city’s most popular chocolatiers to stock up on gifts. Last weekend while visiting downtown McKinney, I made one of my favorite discoveries to date: the dark chocolate bark line from Dr. Sue’s Chocolate.Full Story
Love is in the air.
Dark chocolate love.
There’s nothing worse about being stuck at home on a snow day, when you know there are seven different chocolate bars waiting for you at the office. And the kicker? Our web designer, Ricky Ferrer, is there, right now, munching away on the leftovers. I found this out over gchat. Thanks, man. Thanks, a lot.Full Story
Four editors sampled hot chocolate from six local spots on a recent 29-degree day. Disses were thrown. Drinks were spilled. In the end, only one cup of goodness could win all the marshmallows.
Here’s how it went down.Full Story
It’s sad to say goodbye to 2013. ‘Twas a good year in Dallas dining.
We picked Dallas’ 100 best restaurants, our 10 favorite new restaurants, and almost made Nancy work to death. I think she was sick for a good two or three months after those issues came out.
Well, it’s a new year. Cheers to good health, fewer doctors visits, and more reasons to eat out. Here are six of them, in case you couldn’t tell by the title of this post. We’re pretty excited about these restaurants openings in 2014.Full Story
Winning this jackpot could help you knock out a good chunk of your Christmas shopping list. Click on the full story to enter.Full Story
With Halloween almost upon us, you’ve probably been inundated with costume event after costume event. Sure, you already know where to party and where to go for a spooky haunted house, but you don’t know where to eat and drink… yet. In about two seconds, you will. I’ve got a whole list ready for y’all. […]Full Story
My Private Chef in Deep Ellum was filled with students of the chocolate arts for the first ever bean-to-bar class of the Dallas Chocolate Conference and Festival. Those who attended were just as varied in their intentions as they were in their looks. Some were older folks looking to hone their recipes. Some were established […]Full Story
On October 26, the fourth annual Dallas Chocolate Conference and Festival in Addison Conference Centre treated guests to sweet tastings. Pastry chefs and chocolatiers from around the country showcased their finest pieces of eatable art for all to see. “This is probably the most vendors we have had ever,” Sander Wolf, the organizer of the festival said. “The […]Full Story
In four full days, Dallas will be celebrating its fourth annual Chocolate Conference & Festival at the Addison Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This big one-day hullabaloo—which you’d think had a team of crazy, gung-ho chocolate people behind it—is actually the work of one man. Sander Wolf. During the day, he’s a computer […]Full Story
Katherine Clapner, the dynamic dudette of Dallas chocolate, signed a lease for a 900-square foot space at 1925 Greenville Avenue a few doors down from Trader Joe’s. She will open another Dude, Sweet Chocolate location in November.Full Story
I’ve already typed out all the details for Kitchen LTO here, so I don’t feel the need to talk your ears off again. (Short version: Norman Grimms is the chef, Coeval Studios designed the space.) This modern French/American restaurant will only last four months until a new chef and designer team takes over Kitchen LTO, […]Full Story