I received an inquiry this past week that reminded me of all the great possibilities there are for incorporating the chocolate fountain into that fabulous affair that is your wedding. It also brought to mind another question which is, "Why is it that the cost of the fountain is considered too extravagant?" I know I would gladly provide a food item for my guests that I was confident everyone would relish for about $4-$9 per plate. The universality of chocolate, it's romantic personality and all the possibilities make it such an obvious choice that is sure to please everyone.
In 2005 I had an epiphany and decided that I would start my own chocolate fountain business in Spokane Washington. Eight years, pounds of sweat and tears later I am humbled by the limitless energy and optimism it can take to get through the tough patches and persevere. My situation is a bit different because since 2007 I have also been caring for my elder mother in my home. It has allowed me to keep her out of a nursing home (to many a fate worse than death) and not fret when the business is struggling because I have a much more important job caring for my mom. Yesterday I discovered a women's business organization I spent years supporting, serving on their board and working tirelessly to promote had a new chocolate fountain at their event on April 20th. This happened to be a company that started by using my services once, cancelling at the last minute the second event and basically copying my company and even it's mottos! At first I was shocked and hurt but then I realized this happens every day and loyalty and honor means very little to most of the business owners I worked with within this organization. It takes a pretty hard shell to keep going when you feel deceived, tricked and hurt, especially when the lack of ethics in business costs you thousands of dollars each year. That being said, I am honored to have the loyal business of so many who do believe in something more than the bottom line and always rave about my product and services. To those wonderful friends, colleagues and customers I send a heartfelt "Thank you!".
Now that the new year has progressed to Springtime planning for fundraisers is on the agenda. This year we will provide our fountain and delicious dark Belgian chocolate for SCRAPS on April 26. I can't think of a more worthy recipient and am thrilled that we have been included in the "must haves" list for this fun and chocolaty event that will benefit animals and those who love them in Spokane county. Not everything will be sweet, there will be an array of savory treats as well as goodies for our furry friends and family members. Save the date and give yourself a treat while helping those without a voice.
Valentine's Day behind us, Spring peeking her head, Mr. Sun shining. Counting blessings daily and thanking Mother Nature for all of her gifts despite our tendency to abuse her. May this season bring moments of solitude, messages of thanks and warmth in our hearts. Enjoy and don't neglect your appetite for chocolate.
Now that the new year is here and many come up with New Year's resolutions in order to bring positive change it's time to remind those making changes to their diet that chocolate can be part of a healthy and happy diet. Not only does it produce endorphins that make us feel good but the physical benefits cannot be discounted. Everything from healthier arteries, hearts and blood pressure have been attributed to regular consumption of the "good stuff". Beware the added ingredients such as bad fat, sugar, milk solids and the cocoa that has been "dutch processed" or processed with Alkali. Happy New Year and happy gastronomy!
I've had some dreams come true and some letdowns in the passing months like everyone else but I am blessed and so very lucky to have the wonderful clients and friends that support this infinitesimal business. Old friends and new, we are joyous this season and so very happy to share the chocolate love flowing and warm. Remember to stop, take time and enjoy those most precious moments with those close to you and always, always have something delicious. I'm dreaming that this Winter you keep it hot and keep it spicy.
The kids are back in school, Halloween is around the corner followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas and if you're planning a corporate or business event for the holidays it's time to choose your vendors. Whether you are on a strict budget or the, "sky's the limit", the chocolate fountain will fit the bill. Budget concious planning can entail simple finger foods and appetizers that please the palate with the chocolate fountain offering the WOW! that will leave your guests remembering your party for a long time to come. If you have the good fortune to have a generous supply of cash, "go for the gold!" offering the best of everything like prime rib and lobster followed by the finest in delectable "dippers" such as mini cream puffs, organic strawberries, mangos the best in baked goods all of which can be dipped in delicious, warm, melted dark chocolate from Callebaut in Belgium.
The new trend in food for weddings and parties is food stations. Without the expense of a sit down dinner you can have the plate presentation of a sit down and the custom service everyone loves when you choose food stations. No cafeteria style buffet which can seem uninspired and boring to say the least. Enter the chocolate fountain! A perfect fit for the food station approach you can customize your "dippers" to reflect your personality and style. Go to the "What's New" page for the link. Bon apetit!
This coming Sunday is Father's Day so I'm reflecting on how much I love my dad though he passed a way in 2005 and how appropriate that I blog about him here. I started MJ's Chocolate Fantasy literally the same month and year he died and I know he was there with me because the business started with an unbelievable bang including three local news appearances that hasn't been repeated since. More importantly, on this day in 2012 I know I have honored my father by taking care of my elder mother who is 95. This Father's Day is especially important as I reflect, look forward and strive to be the daughter of who he was always proud. Miss you Dad and love you forever. Happy Father's Day xxoo
Happy birthday to my dear friend Pamela Winston and sweet dreams and futures for all the 2012 graduates. I hope this time of celebration brings you all together in peace and happiness. For those less fortunate