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Into Shelley’s Belly: 13 Survival Foods You Need in Case There’s Ever an Apocalypse

With the weather getting wackier than a two-handed pirate, it’s high time we discuss the necessity of preparing your food supply in case the big one hits your town. Not to mention that the plausibility of zombie attacks grows every year with instances such as the bath salt addicts, bioengineered viruses displaced by a sloppy-mouthed […]

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Love and Chocolate with Chocolatier Michael Recchiuti

When I arrived at Chocolate Secrets last night to attend the invite-only chocolate tasting put together by Sander Wolf of DallasChocolates.org with master chocolatier Michael Recchiuti, I was expecting a group of snobby chocolatiers discussing chocolate in much the same way as wine snobs go on about the nose, finish, and body of wine. Instead of […]

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Cookbook author Rose Levy Beranbaum to Teach Chocolate Cake Class at Central Market in Plano

If you know anything about baking then you are already familiar with Rose Levy Beranbaum. Her book, The Cake Bible, is the go-to source for all things cake. The “Diva of Desserts” has also published nine cookbooks and she is a delight in person. Rose’s new book, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes, and her blog, Real Baking With […]

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Into Shelley’s Belly: Bark Chocolate by Katy Priore

Little brown bags (nostalgic images of childhood frivolity and happy lunchtime indulgence) arrived at the D offices yesterday from a charmingly peaceful young woman. Katy Priore runs Bark Chocolate, and her philosophy and method of cooking is as enchanting as the chocolate is delicious. “It’s made with love, and that’s the most important ingredient… the fundamental […]

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Katherine Clapner Creates Limited Edition Chocolate Hearts. Real Hearts.

This chic is twisted, flip city. That is why we love her. This Valentine’s Day Clapner, of Dude, Sweet  Chocolate, is designing 300 limited-edition chocolate hearts. Real hearts. Life size. Solid dark chocolate filled with waffle cone, Cocoa Puffs, and her chocolate crack. They are $45. I’d say hurry.

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Dude, Sweet Chocolate to Open Shop in Fort Worth

The empress of chocolate, Katherine Clapner, extends her Dude, Sweet Chocolate across the lands of North Texas. A shop at 8304 Preston Center Plaza Drive and another at 2925 Crockett St. in Fort Worth will open “the first week in December.” Check your calendar: that is NEXT WEEK. To get you in the mood: Food […]

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Katherine Clapner Expands Dude, Sweet Dude Chocolate to Preston Center in Dallas

Just in time for the holidays, and maybe only for the holidays, Katherine Clapner just signed a 3-month lease at 8304 Preston Center Plaza Drive for a second location of Dude, Sweet Chocolate. If the chocolate chick likes the shop in the southeast quadrant, Preston Center Plaza, she will stake a longer claim. Meanwhile, she’s […]

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Sweet Surprises from the Dallas Chocolate Festival

If you missed the third annual Chocolate Festival in Addison Saturday, let’s just say you missed one of the sweetest events to kick off the fall season. The Chocolate Festival showcased some of the world’s finest and purest chocolate, and the thought of it still makes my mouth water. What made the festival more than just […]

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Eat This Now: Cajeta Skulls at Dude, Sweet Chocolate

This photo that I just saw on Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s Facebook page is killing me. If it weren’t for work, I’d be out the door and running to Dude, Sweet’s store right now just to grab one of these chocolate Cajeta skulls. According to the guy who answered the phone, Katherine Clapner received a special order […]

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Schedule Announced for Dallaschocolate.org Chocolate Conference & Festival 2012

This year’s Chocolate Conference & Festival, created and coordinated by Sander “Nibbs” Wolf of dallaschocolate.org, will take place on September 29, 2012, at the Addison Conference Centre. (Random question: Why do they spell it Centre? This is not Ontario.) Today comes word from Mr. Wolf: he’s got his conference schedule finalized. Jump below for full […]

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Save the Date: Dallas Chocolate Conference and Festival 2012

Sander Wolf of DallasChocolate.org has booked the Addison Conference Centre on September 29 for the Third Annual DallasChocolate.org Chocolate Conference & Festival.  Wolf says he’s booked over a dozen chocolate makers and chocolatiers to participate in the day-long celebration of chocolate. So far they are: Tejas Chocolate (Houston), Rogue Chocolatier (Boston), and Dallas chocolatiers Chocolate […]

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Seeds of Africa Dinner Hosted By Bolsa Mercado

Last night, Bolsa Mercado transformed into a delightful backdrop, playing host to founder Atti Worku and her non-profit, Seeds of Africa – an organization that provides a nurturing, educational community for young children and young adults in Adama, Ethiopia. Chef Jeff Harris prepared a four-course menu to approximately 60 Seeds supporters as I, an invited […]

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Special Report: The Grenada Chocolate Company Delivers World-Class Chocolate By Sailboat

Two weeks ago, I was on a cruise headed for the island of Grenada when I received an email about The Grenada Chocolate Company. Needless to say, the headline–“Grenada Chocolate Company and FairTransport Team Up To Make First Ever Carbon-Neutral Trans-Atlantic Mass Chocolate Delivery”—got my full attention. I rearranged my schedule and made plans to […]

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