I have worked from rented kitchens, made chocolates for wholesale and farmers's markets, thinking "someday" my own place.
That isn't going to happen for me, so why not escort chocolate lovers to my favorite shops in New York City
Twice I have led small groups of about 10 friends to visit some shops. I used email to reach out to 5 of my favorites telling them I was bringing a group
and requesting samples. All 5 graciously responded and treated my guests to samples. My group was thrilled and excited by the attention and some made purchases.
I enjoyed the activity as well. The walk, the talk and the chocolate made everyone happy. I did not charge anything for these 2 tours.
I would like to now design a monthly tour of these chocolate shops and charge a fee.
I am wondering on how to approach the chocolate shops to set up visits where they will provide samples for up to 15 people.
If I am now charging a fee do I need to purchase samples ahead of time ? I am wondering how to set up a good relationship
between myself and these chocolatiers.
I am looking to the experience and ideas of those of you here who might be able to help me.