The Big Gateaux Show at The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2015

Get ready - The Big Gateaux Show is coming up inside The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 2015 held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, May 20-24th. The Gateaux Show will be held at The Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans. Must be 21 for all events at this food festival.

From the site:

A pastry competition full of scintillating displays of burlesque, pastries and cocktails features celebrity chefs and judges alongside Burlesque starlets, Trixi Minx and Bella Blue. Join this after-party following the Friday Night Grand Tasting and chose your favorite delight. The winning design and pastry chef will be awarded a $5000 prize sponsored by Swiss Chalet. This ticketed event is a sell out every year!
Fun times for all. :)

Info: The New Orleans Wine and Food Experience

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NCA (National Confectioners Association), Child Labor, and the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015

According to The Hill, the NCA (National Confectioners Association) wants to end any notion they support a trade loophole that enables certain importing of goods made of child or slave labor - if the demand for the product is there and supports it.

The Senate recently voted to approve a currency bill that would penalize countries that manipulate their currencies - and in it is a provision that would remove a loophole for forced labor that is in place for certain goods coming into the U.S. - the cocoa commodity being one of them.

And while the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 encompasses a great deal more, Human Rights First, as well as well as the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, is lauding the smaller provisions.

From Human Rights First:
Human Rights First today welcomed the Senate’s passage of section 912 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 ( S. 1269), a provision to strengthen prohibitions on the importation of goods produced by forced labor slavery.
The statement from ATEST and
The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) strongly supports section 912 of S. 1269, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. This provision strengthens existing authority to prohibit the importation of goods made with forced, prison, or other exploitative labor. The Act removes a pernicious exception to this existing authority that allows for the importation of such goods if there is a “consumptive demand” for them. 

Child labor, human trafficking, and slave labor has been a hidden, ongoing problem with the cocoa industry, notably on the Ivory Coast of Africa. It remains to be seen whether this small provision will have a major impact - and a positive change - on bringing an end to child labor in the confectionery supply chains.


Maker Monday: Paper Cornet and Chocolate Work

Another great video from Albarock: Technique du cornet au chocolate - cornet techniques with chocolate. His recipe for the chocolate: for the amount of chocolate in weight, add in 10% of that in oil (example - 100g of chocolate, add in 10g of oil). Melt in microwave - just to melt, do not get hot.

He does a really great job of showing how to properly roll a strong, tight cornet. If you are wanting to pipe out chocolate using a paper cornet, having a good paper cornet is really a necessity. ;)

Chocolate piping tips using a cornet:

  • Use a properly rolled cornet. (Stiff! Not loose or soft!) You need it to stand up to piping fine work.
  • Do not overfill. (It will spill out!)
The video is below.


2nd Annual Monterey-Carmel Chocolate Salon

2nd Annual Monterey-Carmel Chocolate Salaon
Chocolate event coming up on May 2, 2015.

2nd Annual Monterey-Carmel Chocolate Salon at Carmel by the Sea, CA

"Discover, Savor & Taste From Some of the Finest Chocolatiers and Confectioners"

Event Details:

  • Chocolate Salon:
  • Save the Date: May 2, 2015 - 11am to 5pm at the Sunset Cultural Center on San Carlos St.
  • Chocolate tastings, chef and author talks, wine tasting, TasteTV's Chocolate Television, confections, demos, and more.
  • Advance purchase tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Children under 6 free (limit 2, more than two children under 6 is 10$), children 6 to 12 is 10$.
  • Sampling of the speakers and presenters: Art Pollard of Amano Artisan Chocolate; Ever in Transit blog; Former Dean of Le Cordon Bleu Chef Gigi Gaggero. Check later for the full list.


Maker Monday: Glazing Marzipan Figures

Short video on how to glaze marzipan. The recipe from the ExpertVillage video is below.

Marzipan Glaze Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  1. Bring to a boil.
  2. Pour into a dish.
  3. Dip or brush the pieces with the glaze.


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