Firsthand Reports of How 3 Northbay Companies fare after the Wine Country Fires

Fortunately, we have received words of hope from at least three companies that not all is lost.

Here are their firsthand status reports.

Mignon, Marti, Amano, and Amella receive THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD


The International Chocolate Salon has announced that it is presenting Mignon Chocolate, Marti Chocolatt, Amano Artisan Chocolate, and Amella Caramels with THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD.

THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD

THE CHOCOLATIERS AWARD recipients are selected based on either having received numerous chocolate salon awards over the years, or having made a significant impact in the world of taste and chocolate, particularly in the Los Angeles area.

Mignon Chocolate, Marti Chocolatt, and Amella Caramels are based in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. Amano Artisan Chocolate is based in Utah.

www.InternationalChocolateSalon.com


360 Degree Food Festival: Eat Drink SF

Going to a food festival is always a great opportunity. Being able to test a new type of camera while there is basically icing on the cake. In this case, it was the Insta360 Nano. The Insta360 shoots pictures and HD video in 360 degrees. The images can be used in Virtual Reality (VR) goggles, as well as on sites such as YouTube.

A food festival like Eat Drink SF is the perfect place, because you have a wide variety of food and drink, and lot of people and places to capture.

We set up our camera at various partner tables around the event, and produced short 30 second 360 degree videos from each. The quality of the initial videos were impressive, although we have to admit that after editing, export, and upload to YouTube they did lose a fair amount of resolution.

If you couldn’t go, or even if you could, take a look at what we saw.

In the spotlight:

  1. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: REBBL
  2. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Fine Cooking Magazine
  3. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Blue Diamond, Almond Breeze
  4. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Temple Rye
  5. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: China Live and Lillet
  6. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Don Julio
  7. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: (name?)
  8. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Tratto
  9. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Lillet
  10. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Mixologists
  11. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: House Spirits Distillery
  12. 360 View of Eat Drink SF: Blue Stem Brasserie


ABOUT EAT DRINK SF:
San Francisco’s premier food, wine, beer, and spirits festival. Eat Drink SF (fka SF Chefs) returns for its 9th year to celebrate the Bay Area’s world-class culinary community. The festival is four days of delicious events featuring our four signature Grand Tasting experiences that highlight 160+ restaurants and 70+ breweries, wineries, and distilleries throughout the weekend. Guests meet the area’s top chefs, taste their way through more than 35 creative bites from restaurants around the Bay Area (each Grand Tasting features different restaurants), enjoy unlimited pours of wine, beer, and cocktails, learn about wine in the SF Wine School’s classroom, watch demonstrations on the main stage, play giant lawn games in our Backyard Bites zone, and be part of this quintessentially San Francisco celebration of flavor.

Best Tasty Honeys of the Year

The world is full of fantastic, delicious, and innovative honey. That’s why our panel of experts tastes each year some of the best, and ranks and celebrates what they find. These are their top award picks for 2017.

The Best Artisan Jerky of 2017

The world is full of fantastic, delicious, and innovative jerky. That’s why our panel of experts tastes each year some of the best, and ranks and celebrates what they find. These are their top picks for 2017.

Great Chocolates for Brides and Weddings

If you are looking for great chocolates for weddings, brides, receptions, or as gifts, the Bridal Chocolate Salon — part of the International Chocolate Salon — has recently announced several of its top picks for the year. The selections are part of the annual BRIDAL CHOCOLATE SALON AWARDS Competition.

This year’s top picks were rated and ranked by Stars, and are based on features such as Taste, Texture, Packaging, and of course, whether it makes a great bridal chocolate.

Here they are:

  • 1) SELEUSS Floral Collection: 5 STARS
  • 2) DELYSIA CHOCOLATIER Hibiscus, Almond and Rose Tea: 4.5 STARS
  • 3) THE SECRET CHOCOLATIER: Brownie Pops: 4.5 STARS
  • 4) THE CHOCOLATE FETISH Tuxedo Box: 4 STARS
  • 5) EHCHOCOLATIER Lavender, Vanilla and Los Ancones: 4 STARS
  • 6) SERENA LISSY CHOCOLATE: 4 STARS
  • 7) DELYSIA CHOCOLATIER Pistachio rose and Smoked Cigar Caramels: 4 STARS

The Winners are also eligible to join and distribute their chocolates on The Chocolate Registry site, www.BridalChocolate.com