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Plan: 2014 Chocolate & Confectionery Workshop Las Vegas

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#61 curls

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 07:32 PM

A lunch setup similar to Niagara would be great. That worked very well and if we purchased our own cold cuts and sides the quality should be better than most chain delis.

Kerry, there are lots of great shows in Vegas... Cirque du Soleil, Penn & Teller, famous singers, famous comedians. And not to be overlooked for pinball fans, the Pinball Museum (I think it is owned by Tom Arnold).

#62 Chocolot

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:28 PM

JMA and Melissa have agreed to teach a second master class on Friday afternoon. Space is limited so act fast. The topics covered will NOT be the same as in the morning or on Saturday. Remember that you need to sign up for the Workshop in order to be in the master class.

 

Go to my website and register. It is at the bottom of the products page. As before, no refunds. We have already paid the deposit on the facility. http://chocolot.com/products-page/

 

If you don’t get in either class, we will have some other suggested activities for you, such as visiting other chocolatiers, Chef Rubber, chocolate fountain at the Bellagio, etc.

You might also want to plan on a few extra days to see such sights as Hoover Dam (just a short distance from Vegas), Colorado River, and of course, the glitter of Vegas. You might also want to take in a show. Not sure who will be playing then, but you can check on line.

 

This has been fun planning this Workshop. We hope everyone is pleased with the arrangements. This will be different from the other workshops in that we won’t have as much room, but we will have access to a lot of equipment and experience. 


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#63 Chocolot

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 03:33 PM

Rob wanted me to tell you that he is planning tours on Thursday for those in the classes and on Friday for those not in class. Rob is working hard to make this a great learning workshop.


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#64 RobertM

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 04:02 PM

It's already shaping up to be a great time...I'm excited!

#65 YetiChocolates

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 04:07 PM

Rob wanted me to tell you that he is planning tours on Thursday for those in the classes and on Friday for those not in class. Rob is working hard to make this a great learning workshop.

 

Guess I better plan on getting there on Wednesday then!



#66 ChocolateMom

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 05:00 PM

Hi Ruth & Rob (& Everyone)...You may remember me as one of Kyle's moms...the young man who has attended a couple of the Niagara-on-the-Lake workshops.  He's 16 now and although he enjoys making chocolates casually, he's less inclined to go to the workshop this year...however, this allows me to participate without him feeling like I'm invading his space...after shadowing his work in this area over the years, I have learned lots through him and I'd like to sign up for the classes.  I'm busy looking into whether my spouse and I can take a couple of days and then sign up for a room.  But I have a couple of questions...right now we're looking at arriving on Thursday and maybe participate in the chocolate shop tour Friday morning and then I would take the classes.  So If I sign up as the one to take the classes on Sat & Sun., my spouse is just wondering if she would be allowed to tag along for the shop tour...second question is we are not planning to rent a car, so we see there is a bus along Flamingo to Decatur, but wondering if the shop tour will require driving to various locations or if it's just one location we would need to figure out how to get there.  Also, how are people making their payments for the conference. Sorry, I know that's a lot for my first post :biggrin:



#67 Chocolot

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Posted 01 November 2013 - 05:24 PM

Good to hear from you. Don't have all the answers, but will tell you what I know. Rob is working on the tour and hasn't finalize it yet. I don't think there would be a problem with your spouse going on the tour. There will be others with cars, so I think we can get you to the kitchen. At the kitchen, there won't be room for spectators. That is a trade off for having lots of toys to play with:) So if what you are asking is if you and spouse can do Friday tour, if in the morning, then you would possibly take the afternoon class and participate on Saturday and Sunday while your spouse is gambling away your money, correct?:) I think that is all doable. I think Rob is also looking into a tour on Thursday for those tied up on Friday. Again, still planning stage.

When you decide, go to my website, www.chocolot.com. Go to products page. At the bottom are options for the afternoon Friday class and the Saturday-Sunday workshop. There are limited slots and when they are gone, they are gone. Remember there are no refunds. This is harsh, but we have paid the first deposit and can't get in the middle of refunds. Since you are in Canada, on my site, just put in your address, but say you are in Utah. It seems to not know any better and accepts it. If you just want the tour and the workshop, that is cool too. Be happy to see you again. Hotel info is at the bottom of this post.


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#68 ChocolateMom

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Posted 02 November 2013 - 02:20 PM

Hi,

Yes, you are correct...my spouse will be busy selling our house to the casino while I do the workshop...we knew that she would not be able to spectate that.  If it works up that she can join me on the tour though, would be great.  I completely understand the need to non-refundable and the only issue for me is that I will not be able to sign up until late Monday when she's had a chnace to speak with her boss to get Thursday and Friday off.  She works in a daycare and even though she's pretty sure she will get the days, I don't want to risk laying out the Monday until we know for sure.  I recognize that means I might be too late by Monday to sign up.   Here's hoping.  Not planning to take the Master class...since my spouse will have a lot of time to kill (and I don't consider myself advanced), we'll do the tour Friday morning and then the Saturday-Sunday workshop for me ...that way I can keep her company Friday afternoon and not have all our saving gone too quickly.  Fingers are crossed that on Monday I can sign us up for the hotel and the workshop. 



#69 Chocolot

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 03:58 PM

From Rob:

Gang - we still have a few spots open for the workshop and a few spots open for the second masters class.  Sign up soon and remember to book your hotel room before the group rates expire.

 

We have a possibility of getting chef jackets donated to the event.  Could everyone who has signed up please send me your sizes so if this comes to fruition we can have the right sizes for you?

 

Also, as we continue seeking sponsors we are asking if any of you have contacts at manufacturers or distributors that might be a good sponsor for the event.  Essentially we're asking for either a little bit of money to cover food for participants or product donations.  Here are the sponsor levels that we are currently promoting:

 

Title Sponsor:  $1000

Name on all materials including chef jackets; mailing list of all participants, signage at all events and in all recruitment marketing

 

Product Sponsor:  Product and/or monetary support

Provide 25 pounds of various chocolate samples

Provide transfer sheets, molds, flavoring ingredients, cocoa butter appropriate for 25 participants

 

Meal Sponsor: $250

Catered meal for participants (4 sponsorships available)

 

Tour Sponsor: $250

Provide transportation to tour chocolate shops in Vegas.


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#70 YetiChocolates

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 10:44 PM

When do we need to make the hotel reservations by?

 

Is there anyone who is going solo that would be interested in sharing a room?

 

Also, flights to Vegas from Jackson are actually quite reasonable so I've jumped ship on driving and am going to fly instead  :smile:



#71 Chocolot

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:14 PM

Hotel reservations by the end of the year. Vegas is usually pretty cheap to fly into. Glad you are coming.


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#72 patti_h

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 11:12 AM

Willow I might be interested in sharing a room although I would warn you I sometimes snore! My plan is to stay Th-Sat nights. Did not reserve yet but will soon. Just waiting on some pay from catering clients.....

#73 YetiChocolates

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Posted 22 November 2013 - 12:11 PM

Patti that's fine with me, earplugs are a marvelous invention  :raz: I'm going to get into town Wednesday night and leave Monday morning, so if you want I can make the reservation for us and then you can just reimburse me when we get there for the nights you'll be staying if that works for you?



#74 patti_h

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 10:12 PM

Willow that would be fine, or if you need me to send you a check before then, that would work for me too. I am getting quite excited for this trip!

#75 xxchef

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Posted 01 December 2013 - 09:51 PM

Sounds awesome.  I'm in.


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#76 Chocolot

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 08:22 AM

This is our list of attendees. There is ONE spot left!!! Grab it before it is gone. There is also one spot left in a Friday class. This is going to be fun. You don't want to miss it. Don't forget to make your room reservation too. We should have a good time with FOUR Dave/David around:)

 

 

Bob

Donna

Dave H

rob

ruth

kerry

david S

erika

brad

sarah

willow

susan

chris

karen

dave W

elizabeth

romina

kimberly

cassidy

kurt

david H

robyn

jessica

patti


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#77 Chocolot

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 08:29 AM

If this doesn't coordinate with what you think you bought, let me know.

 

Master Class #1

Bob

Donna

Dave H

rob

ruth

kerry

david S

erika

sarah

willow

 

Master Class #2

Bob

Donna

Dave h

rob

ruth

kerry

david s

romina

Cassidy

David h

robyn


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#78 YetiChocolates

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:10 AM

Willow that would be fine, or if you need me to send you a check before then, that would work for me too. I am getting quite excited for this trip!

 

I'll let you know when I make the reservation, and we can chat more about it then! Getting excited as well!



#79 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:46 AM

This is our list of attendees. There is ONE spot left!!! Grab it before it is gone.

I'm in. Grabbed the last spot.



#80 Chocolot

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:04 PM

Yippee!!! We are complete. Now, on to all the details:)


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#81 Chocolot

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Posted 17 December 2013 - 10:58 PM

Attention all attendees. Rob has created a Facebook group so that we may communicate directly and not flood EG.https://www.facebook...40510159450926/

It is an open group, so please join.


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#82 FrogPrincesse

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 10:34 AM

Attention all attendees. Rob has created a Facebook group so that we may communicate directly and not flood EG.https://www.facebook...40510159450926/

It is an open group, so please join.

Just keep in mind that some of us are not on facebook...



#83 Chocolot

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Posted 18 December 2013 - 01:36 PM

We will keep that in mind.Thanks.


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#84 RobertM

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:32 PM

I procrastinated (or I could just say I was SO busy with my Christmas orders I didn't have time until right now), but, just got my hotel reservation...see you all May 14th!



#85 Kerry Beal

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:34 PM

I have the hotel reservation - waiting to book the flight though until sales start to happen.



#86 RobertM

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 03:48 PM

Road Trip????  Stop in Memphis for BBQ.  Stop in Kansas City for BBQ.  Stop in Denver for some Buffalo....



#87 YetiChocolates

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:33 PM

Road Trip????  Stop in Memphis for BBQ.  Stop in Kansas City for BBQ.  Stop in Denver for some Buffalo....

 

That would be an epic road trip :)  



#88 curls

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 05:42 PM

Road Trip????  Stop in Memphis for BBQ.  Stop in Kansas City for BBQ.  Stop in Denver for some Buffalo....

Sure Bob, why don't you do that and blog about it on eGullet!


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#89 RobertM

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 01:53 PM

If I can convince the Boss...I just might do that...
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#90 Chocolot

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Posted 07 January 2014 - 02:39 PM

Don't forget to make your hotel reservation. The rates will hold for a few more weeks.


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