Monday, February 11, 2013

ChocoFest 2013 - The Rumble To The Crumble

It's Official
Well, now that was something. I went and stood before 400 strangers and watched them eat my work. I felt validated. I felt...excellent.

ChocoFest 2013 was the premier of my business. To say that it went better than expected is putting it mildly. As with any significant event, many forces flew together to make this possible for Pane e Olio - for me.

To start, my ticket into the event manifested itself in Lauren Kohn, of famed gluten free cupcake fame.

Then there was the stress, and sweat of planning and executing such a baking event. Recipe testing and tweaking overshadowed all other activities. Changes in the menu components evolved up until the night before. What is fermentation, but exciting?

Last minute salvation was found in the most unlikely of spaces: a thrift shop. Through the wise guidance of my girlfriend, I found a haul of decorative business treasure for the price of $25. Poppin' tags.

And suddenly it was 7:00 am on game day when all the loose ends had to finally knot together, or unravel into a heap. On February 10, they did.

My Focaccia Basilico, all 250 samples of it, were scarfed down by over sugared guests with wild eyes towards anything green. 

My Focaccia Dolce indulged the the eater's curiosity of how versatile my bread is. From pesto to marmalade, Parmesan to chocolate, my focaccia struck a new chord in the balance of bread last night.

Was that too much?

Check it out for yourself in my event photos.

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Ethan Stowell and I talking focaccia
Basil Cilantro Walnut Pesto with Shaved Parmesan

Cardamom Nutmeg Spiced Dough with House-made Marmalade and Shaved Dark Chocolate
Lauren Kohn's Gluten Free
Crumble

Gotcha Focaccia?

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