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  1. What a whirlwind 48 hours! First we made THIS list of most anticipateds yesterday, and then today ALL of my funding came through! That's a whole nother story I'll tell once the checks are in my bank account. I don't feel like I'm any less stressed or any more relieved, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel. And..construction is ahead of schedule and still on budget!
  2. I agree - while it could be taped, it would be so challenging, versus having a partial plug set inside - spray white, then go about your business. I will note that I am moving fastidiously away from using white (titanium dioxide). in FRANCE.
  3. Since some of y'all are looking at airports, keep in mind that Mid America Airport (BLV) is just as close to downtown as Lambert International. Allegient Air flies into there super cheaply!
  4. One of the things people don't know is that a vast amount of high-caliber culture and entertainment is free in St Louis. Almost all of the museums (including the zoo) is free. Special exhibits cost but general admission is free. It has to do with the historic donation of the land that houses most of them, and the stipulations that fees not be charged.
  5. I'm going to start marketing the event locally to pastry chefs and students, so if you've been sitting on registering, now is your time.
  6. I'm heading to Chicago next week for an r&d trip to Smyth, and wondering where we should go for cocktails - not just bars, but possibly restaurants doing amazing things. They need to have all sorts of vials and squirt bottles and mason jars full of house-made stuff that goes into their cocktails. Thoughts?
  7. I am obsessing over Onyx. Their black salt mocha with oat milk (my preferred option) is simply the best mocha I've ever had!
  8. gfron1

    Best wine book for varietal research

    This is all really interesting. Thank you @teonzo and @Kerry Beal
  9. gfron1

    Best wine book for varietal research

    Any tips on vineyards that use them? That's a great lead for me!
  10. I'm attempting to identify wines that were grown in the 1800s in the US. My guess is that Elvira, Muench and Labrusca don't exist anymore, but I'm wondering if they might not have evolved into something else. So my question is which is the best book for finding historic varietals and potentially tracking them to a current grape? Is the World Atlas the best source?
  11. Now that y'all are past Valentines and switching over to Easter, its time to get some dialogue going about what folks want to do at the workshop. We're three months away and you'll want to get your room booked. Here's all the details: ---------------- Event Dates: May 18-19, 2019 St. Louis, MO Forest Park Community College Hospitality Building Hotel: Marriott Courtyard St Louis Downtown West, 2340 Market Street at Jefferson St. Louis MO 63103 Book your group rate for Egullet Chocolate & Confection Workshop. Guests may also call Marriott Reservations @ 866.661.8954 and reference the Egullet Workshop group rate at Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West. Airports: St. Louis Lambert (STL) is the major airport; The regional airport across the river is MidAmerica St. Louis (BLV) and is serviced by Allegient Airlines. Registration Links: Paypal.me link or Venmo link. To ensure your space in the workshop I will need your payment no later than April 12, 2019. Master Class SOLD OUT: Friday, May 17 at Kakāō Chocolate in Maplewood. The morning session will focus on confections (Marshmallow, caramel, toffee and pate de fruit). The afternoon session will continue those sessions and add on 3-D molding (they do a brisk 3-D business). The shop is surrounded by great restaurants so we'll step out as a group for lunch with everyone covering their own meal. The full day of Master Class is $50 and will be limited to the first 15 to register. The owner, Brian Pelletier, will set up two or three stations for us to break into small groups and allow for intensive hands-on activity. This class will be great for anyone wanting to see a mid-sized operation that has been very successful. See their website for an idea of their work. Official Dinner: Saturday, May 18 at The Chocolate Pig. As soon as I finalize payment details I will add it here. *Note that details are subject to change. We have two key chocolatiers in town in the midst of major professional changes and so if either is able to participate we're going to grab them!
  12. And for the young at heart - the City Museum - I think it's the best museum in the country and possibly the greatest eccentric story I've ever heard.
  13. Dinner only. We're going to be supplying a coffee shop two doors down with some of our food from Squatters Cafe, but that won't happen until June or July.