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  1. Bulrush is the term common in Europe. In America few know the word although most are familiar with the word because of Moses in the Bulrush. We work hard at not using jargon or uncommon terms when describing our food (sometimes quite a challenge), but like a little mystery and uniqueness in our name.
  2. I'm desperately trying to finish my sharing chocolates before fills get here tonight.
  3. Anne Reist, Bernie Mueller Gaylene, and Jessica W...I need to give my final numbers to the venue for Saturday's dinner. If you're going please make payment asap. Thanks.
  4. I've taken you off Thursday and will offer that to Annie. Saturday is pre-pay at $75 for na. Thanks.
  5. Robyn/St Croix is having to cancel and is giving up her spots if anyone wants them.
  6. Thanks for the quick responses everyone. The issue was translating screen names to business names to real names to emails, but I think I have that all sorted out now. Please lay eyes one more time. Also, there are a few people who have not paid for the Saturday dinner and I don't want to assume that you aren't interested...so speak now or forever...
  7. There is a HIGH likelihood of mistakes on the spreadsheet, so please gently let me know so I can fix them. These are the folks that show paid for each of the paid activities (The Thursday dinner is ala carte and not paid in advance. We're in the midst of a madhouse here at Bulrush so tomorrow on my day off I'll be going through emails and messages and such to find anything that I might have overlooked. For example, I know David posted a comment that makes me think he's in the Masters Class which we certainly can accommodate. Thanks and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone next week for at least a bit of time before my prep days get racing.
  8. Here are the answers to our equipment questions from the Casey the chef/host: Selmi - is that something we'll be able to use? Absolutely. It has milk chocolate in it. Guitar cutter Have it. Melters – I have two. Enrobing line – You may use – hooks to Selmi. Cooling table – I have three marble tables in the room – no water-cooled tables versus Marbles large enough for tempering Thermomix - no What else might they want to know you have so they don't bring? I have many polycarbonate molds I have induction burners, 12 qt mixer, and 6 qt kitchenaid mixer on every station I have hardening cabinets that hold frozen at -27ºF Unfortunately, I don’t have many simple hand tools like rubber spatulas, hand whisks, etc – they tend to “walk off” with students, so we make our students bring them in their knife kits. I have 12 gas burners at the front of the classroom, and induction on every station. I don’t have kettles. I have marble tables, not water-cooled
  9. I never use mine and I think I have all the various connectors. We should fit your gun on Thursday night. Lunch is, breakfast is not. I can provide options next week but there's ample options en route.
  10. Hardly on either account. And besides, that technique is so 2018.
  11. The only other thing I'd add is apron, comfortable shoes. If there is anything you've been really wanting to learn that you haven't already stated share it here. Many of us do workshops throughout the year and look forward to sharing what we've learned amongst our eG friends. I don't know how much time I"ll actually be able to be on site but I really hope to share ganache balancing and that damn eye technique.
  12. What's internet for "Well for f&*(ks sake!" I did have it in there, and sure enough when I went to save the document the program crashed. Yes, Jon is all set and looking forward to hanging out all weekend after his workshop.
  13. Here we go - final details: eGullet Chocolate Itinerary.docx The most pressing thing is dinner confirmations/payment for Saturday night at the Chocolate Pig. Pyament Links: Paypal.me link or Venmo link.
  14. On my end: EZ Temper GastroVac Spinzall Small melter Tilting melanger California Air compressor Tabletop compressor *I won't bring anything unless someone wants it. I'm happy to deliver, but don't want to bring things that will just sit unused. Shipped to me from others, to bring: Fuji Vacuform (I know I have more boxes than that but can't remember what they are) We'll make it work. I have lots of room to spill out, and as long as the group is welcoming to curious customers we can take as much space as needed, but certainly our 3 two top tables and half the bar.
  15. Ericka asked to be put down for three seats. Can I get a final count to lock in. That night is filling in fast so I want to free up any that aren't being used by you all.
  16. I have a question - Friday night's chocolate trade social. I have a few options that are very low key. I want to offer the bar area of my restaurant which would be more public than the other options, and food and drink would cost (v. BYOB). We've done it all sorts of ways in the past and I don't want anyone feeling obligated since its my restaurant. Part of my motivation is that I want to be there, and I won't be able to if its anywhere else. Seriously, no feelings will be hurt - what do you prefer a private space where you can BYOB or my place which drinks and food would cost (I can certainly put a discount on eG purchases.
  17. Here is our menu for dinner at the Chocolate Pig on Saturday night. Just FYI. Shareables to Start Ham and Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs Beet Ceviche Chicken Fried Brussel Sprouts Second Course Arugula with Lemon and Pancetta Salad Lemon Puree, Toasted Pine Nuts, Crispy Pancetta and Idiziabal Crisp Third Course Pre-Selected Grilled Bone-In Pork Chop Miso Mustard, Candied Sweet Potatoes and Braised Collard Greens Cauliflower Fried Rice Sweet Soy, Local Vegetables, Fermented Ramps, Pickled Jalapeños and Fried Egg Pan Roasted Halibut Succotash of Purple Eyed Peas, Roasted Mushrooms, Pickled Sweet Peppers, and Tomato with a Sweet Corn Butter Sauce Roast chicken with farro and morels Non-chocolate dessert
  18. Hmm...well, based on the conversation here and on FB I may have misjudged interest. This guy is paint only and so the artistry side may or may not be applicable. I was thinking people (based on the repeated questions in this forum) had more need for maintenance and cleaning of the airbrush. He is too costly if there's not more consensus.
  19. You and I have gone in circles on the room temp discussion, and this is one benefit/consequence. When all the temps are ideal there's so little chocolate left to move around in the mold that all you get is the slightest lip...nothing more. IMO, if you have so much fluidity still happening either the room or chocolate are too warm, or you didn't rap enough on the dump out.
  20. Hey gang - I have a guy nearby who was recommended by Midwest Airbrush Supply as being an expert on maintaining, cleaning, and modifying airbrushes. He does professional workshops. I've talked to him and his rates a bit high for us, but I want to gauge your interest before I try to negotiate a better price. HERE is his website.
  21. Yes, that's exactly it. Ganache does not fill at a perfectly flat level - it slightly domes from the piping bag...ever so slightly depending on the fluidity of the ganache. So that little lip is enough to warn you that you're filled. And no, if your room is proper temp, and chocolate is proper temp, then that 5 seconds is plenty for the shell to set evenly on top and bottom (once on its side).
  22. @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.
  23. 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.
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