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Kerry Beal

Report: eGullet Chocolate and Confectionery Workshop 2018

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Can you believe this is our 10th annual workshop? And here we are back in Niagara College in beautiful Niagara on the Lake where it all began in 2009.

 

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The view from my room - the pergola down there we will have access to for Show and Tell on Friday night.

 

I had every intention of soaking in a nice warm bath after my arrival - alas not a tub to be seen - and while the shower is quite attractive  - it doesn't invite soaking!

 

Those who can't soak can at least drink if they have remembered to bring small specimen bottles of booze. I somehow pictured a nice glass tumbler for my negroni - but alas...

 

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Tomorrow morning the whirlwind will begin with a trip across the border to Tomric - hope everyone remembers their passport.

 

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Gwbyls and I met in Buffalo and drove up to NOL....sadly neither of our gps knew about a closed entrance ramp to the highway leading to Canada so that set us back.  

I noticed a familiar eatery on our way to the hotel and since both of us were starving we drove to the hotel, checked in and headed back....

this little place was where the workshop had lunch after spending a morning with Art and Wilma at F/X chocolate

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We then took a detour to NOL to see the town....and it was a tad to dark for pictures 

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6 hours ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Wish I were into chocolate and driving!

 

We should have had @chefmd pick you up on her way through - I'm sure we could find something for you to do!

 

What @Anna N and I were discussing just yesterday - we need to get the Heartland Gathering back up and running. It serves the same purpose for the non chocolate types as the workshop does. Eating, cooking, camaraderie,  putting a name to a face.

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Today’s events a bean to bar talk at Tomric by Brian Donaghy and shopping at Tomric. I think everyone left with a least a few moulds.  :-)

 

Everyone who placed a bowl order with @patris, welcomed her arrival at Tomric. The bowls are even more beautiful in person — beautiful colors, with just the right weight and balance! I’m looking forward to using mine. I think a few folks captured photos of the bowl delivery — hopefully they’ll post later.

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I enjoyed lunch at Falafel Bar, a restaurant recommended by @Kerry Beal and @patris. Delicious fried cauliflower and some cigars — ground beef in phyllo with two sauces (a super spicy harissa and a tahini based dip).

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Followed by some sightseeing at Lee Valley. Hoping they open some stores in the US.

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2 hours ago, curls said:

Today’s events a bean to bar talk at Tomric by Brian Donaghy and shopping at Tomric. I think everyone left with a least a few moulds.  :-)

 

Everyone who placed a bowl order with @patris, welcomed her arrival at Tomric. The bowls are even more beautiful in person — beautiful colors, with just the right weight and balance! I’m looking forward to using mine. I think a few folks captured photos of the bowl delivery — hopefully they’ll post later.3F86D849-CD41-4121-8331-53997AF1C6AA.thumb.jpeg.0d17f7e3db951f62d00c00110fd9e3d9.jpeg

 

I spy a Precise Heat Mixing Bowl!  Whose is it and for what are they using it?  I employ mine for yogurt and ice cream.

 

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15 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

 

I spy a Precise Heat Mixing Bowl!  Whose is it and for what are they using it?  I employ mine for yogurt and ice cream.

 

I noticed that too - not sure what Brian uses it for 

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This morning, Tomric hosted us and what great hosts they were!  

We all were able to do some shopping, including some “deals and steals” of mounds and colored cocoa butter.

 

sadly, I didn’t get a before picture...these were taken after we descended on the deals

 

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We also were able to shop freely on the stock of non discounted moulds

 

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Brian gave an amazing demo on bean to bar production, here are some photos of the equipment.

Tomric is in the midst of a major remodel, their new space is going to be amazing, with a huge demo kitchen and an awesome training facility

 

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After Tomric,  we had some free time, so some of us went to Duffs for some Buffalo Wings and Beef on Weck

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What to do after Buffalo Wings and Beef on Weck?  Head back to NOL and grab an icewine slushy of course....

 

 

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Dinner tonight at Nautica - a Bosnian restaurant that has naught nautical about it except its previous life.

 

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Rodney being an ass

 

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Amazing salad

 

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Home made bread with a mixture of butter cream cheese salt and sour cream

 

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A variety of meats with fries hidden under.

 

 

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A bit of ajvar for each of us 

 

 

 

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What to do after Buffalo Wings and Beef on Weck?  Head back to NOL and grab an icewine slushy of course....

 

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They were so good, we decided to stay for the wine tasting....

 

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We then moved onto the Lailey winery, which thankfully was open later...

 

and we enjoyed it it so much, we forgot to take pictures

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They were closed when we arrived but, they took a liking to us, and stayed open to do the last taste test of the night....

we were very pleased at how delicious the whiskey is, so pleased most of us bought a bottle, or two, to take home with us.....

 

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After two wineries and a distillery, we all decided it was time for PIE

 

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service was a bit slow, but, we filled the time with discussions about Caramel, brown butter, slab caramels, piped caramels....and please, notice the WATER filled glasses....

 

from there, it was back to the hotel to prepare for another busy day!!

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