Meet the Maker: EMVI Chocolate

With the holidays rapidly approaching, Santa isn't the only working overtime. Victor Gelman and his chocolate loving family own and operate EMVI Chocolate in the foothills of the beautiful Adirondack mountains in upstate New York.  I had the opportunity to tour the EMVI factory earlier this fall, as Victor and his team of master chocolatiers were busily preparing for Halloween.  The shelves were lined with chocolate.......ghosts, witches, jack o' lanterns and black cats, all from the finest fair trade certified chocolate, were getting ready to make their journeys to select retailers across the country. Hand crafted from old world European molds collected by Gelman over the years, each intricate chocolate creature has a personality all its' own.  In looking at them, you get the impression they are getting ready to talk.  It's as if they know the passion and care that has gone in to giving them life, and they don't disappoint on any front.   Victor graciously spent an afternoon in our Saratoga Springs location in early October, where he introduced his Halloween confections with great success to our shoppers.....a tasty teaser for what's to come!

Our Saratoga shelves will soon be stocked with giant chocolate santas, snowmen and more.....delicious, whimsical chocolate creations designed to bring the joys of the holidays out in all of us.  In the meantime, take a behind-the-scenes peak at how these chocolate fantasy's are made.

EMVI chocolate's video showing how to make a Giant and not-so-Giant Chocolate Santa.

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This Week in The Savory Pantry 02.10.14

We've just returned from our winter buying trip to San Francisco. Not only did we enjoy FABULOUS weather, but we were able to catch up with many of our long-time producers - and a few new ones - and discovered some great new food finds!

Just in: New crostini spreads from Elki Gourmet. We love simple and chic entertaining, and these flavorful spreads are perfect to have on hand when you need a sophisticated hors d'oeuvre in a hurry. Flavors include Sundried Tomato & ParmesanBasil Pesto, Black Olive & Feta, and Caramelized Onion & Balsamic. Simply spread on a toasted baguette slice for a great cocktail nibble, or toss in to hot or cold pasta dishes for a flavorful meal!

The latest harvest of Grove 45 Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Napa Valley's Nena Talcott & Bonnie Storm is back in stock and better than ever! This year's harvest is medium robust with a balance of fruit, bitterness and pepper on the finish. The flavors reflect the early ripening of the olives.

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