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  1. @SweetandSnappyJen A lot depends on your room temp, but for me, with my room being right about 20º (yes friends, I've allowed my room to be a bit warmer), I pour, rap 5 seconds, dump, scrape twice, and rest the molds on their side. This is the technique that Melissa Coppel taught. The resting on its side is to create a very slight lip which will help you guide when you pipe in the ganache. If the room is warmer then the timeline of this will have to go longer. And of course this assumes chocolate in temper and at proper working temperature.
  2. Two weeks of service under our belt and we're settling in pretty quickly. Last night was packed in the dining room and Justin and I handled the crowd efficiently. The biggest challenge we're facing right now is for our Bev Mngr to keep up with pairings. In a traditional restaurant with servers this room would be broken up between at least two servers, but for us, Justin and I set and clear, and Chris, our Bev Mngr, handles all things liquid with the support of our Hospitality Lead/Hostess. We're not too far off what we need for service quality, but it just takes one person to talk to Chris as he's preparing drinks at the bar to slow him down enough to clunk up the works. I think much of that is simply learning each others' pacing/timing. Justin and I already have that down having worked together for two plus years, but Chris is a new pacing. The other thing that is happening is folks lingering. We're mostly fine with that (after all we did set things up for people to watch and engage with us), but I think its a bigger issue of us needing to do something to help guests know that the experience is over and they can leave or move out to the bar. We do all the normal things like deliver the ticket and receipts, clear dishes, verbally thank...but at least half are hanging out as if they're waiting for something else - so we're working on our speech at the end of the night. Next up is getting more people to eat at the bar. The press is most excited by the tasting menu, but we crafted a bar menu that can grab equal attention, yet we've only had maybe a half dozen bar diners a night so far.
  3. We can certainly add folks. And @curls you asked me via PM about dietary restrictions. We can handle anything except vegan and dairy free. Just let us know at least 48 hours in advance and we'll take care of the rest. For moral/ethical diets please keep in mind we are 100% local and organic. All of our meats comes from small family farms and everything is made in house so you don't need to worry about processed foods, etc.
  4. I have a well-trained, commercially licensed pandora station that uses Brett Dennen as my starting point. All songs are mid-tempo, mid-pitch, with only about one in 10 being popular enough to be recognized. We've been testing various volumes to try to encourage noise, but not so much that folks have to yell to hear each other. And as for those "golf tees," don't worry yourself too much. Nothing will fall off them. They are simply for serving macaron, bonbon, caramels and such. That area is an add-on for post-dinner.
  5. Here's the professional shots that the architect did for their website. And for those of you who have been patient you can finally see what the golf tees are for: HERE
  6. Yes because we would be changing it almost daily.
  7. 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: 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!
  8. Haven't unveiled that just yet...very soon. And, thanks
  9. Last two local articles. This first one is glowing, which is amazing because I started off on the wrong foot with this writer a few years ago: HERE And this one from our the Post-Dispatch, our big paper HERE I have a couple of slower days now, so I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts later today or tomorrow about the process.
  10. I'll be closing reservations this Sunday at midnight. Please spread the word so we don't miss anyone. But at that point I"ll have to lock down the dinner and facility needs. Thanks.
  11. House made amazake cultured Sugar Drip sorghum whipped butter
  12. The most recent Toothache magazine has a nice article that compares techniques, flours, formulas to pick "the best" for caneles.
  13. Not ignoring your comment Teonzo...just paddling as fast as I can upstream. Today was media day and the first local article is already out HERE. Great pics.
  14. Just confirming - July 13th? I took reservations live last night and want to block off the whole room until we have a final count.
  15. I took reservations live last night so I'll block 10 seats off and as soon as you're settled we'll release seats back. Thanks.
  16. Yesterday we got our occupancy permit. Today I'm calling for our health inspection. We are officially set to open on Thursday the 18th. Even though we could open on Sat or Sun of this week I'd rather give my team more practice. Tomorrow night we're doing tasting menu only for friends so all of my new staff can see how Justin (my sous) and I operate, so they can learn how to best support our system.
  17. I would suggest for consideration that it's not Mexican workers but most cultures outside of the US that place a higher value on the dining experience. In the US we lean toward scarfing down a meal between work or scarfing down a meal while partying hard. My experience in other countries is that meal time is about family and friends, and cooking for f&f is an honor and an opportunity. These are all generalizations that lean toward stereotypes, so take it FWIW.
  18. Check out this amazing note I was sent last night:
  19. And as it gets closer I'll be happy to share some of the fun things to do.
  20. I'm ignoring your first question...patience. We're really, really close on the menu, but I'm holding off because I have a designer doing something really cool that I want to show you all (You do know I show eG things before I show the rest of the world, or say things here I don't say anywhere else?) And, I'm happy to do it - eG is my calm place...most of the time.
  21. Some pics from a family soft opening last night. Our 2-tops under the cookbook library. Bar library and aging casks (pawpaw vinegar for now) Soon to be used post-dinner lounge. Where our custom salt crocks will go if they ever get finished. DIning room pre-set. Dish storage in dining room. Kitchen details - black cutting boards and custom knife racks. Table set. It will never be put out like this because we give you what you need when you need it.
  22. I finally got some cooking done. it's been really difficult with visitors, vendors, tours, screwing purse hooks under the bar, arranging for trash pickup, and on and on and on. I find myself going in earlier and staying later just so I can shut off all electronics and have the building to myself. Last night I was startled by a noise after hours, when I knew the doors were locked, so i grabbed my biggest chef's knife and headed down the hallway being careful not to kill any staff that decided to come back after hours. After going most of the way to the dining room I heard it again, turned with my knife leading the way...only to realize it was the ice maker. I've never had one so i wasn't used to the sound. Its a good thing for the ice maker that it stayed out of my way! But in the meantime, I made sweet potato caramel, corn yorkshire pudding, shokupan (Japanese milk bread) and my first round of chocolate (saffron, red bud and pistachio).
  23. I added some verbage on the location page. We are technically on Blvd, but everyone says Ave, and all that matters is that either through google will get you to us. And I likely won't add hours to the site because the reservation system covers that as does google, facebook and all other social media. We're dinners only.
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