{RECAP} FINE CHOCOLATES & DESSERTS SHOW

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I’m sharing with you today my adventures in Chicago.

A hand-full of sugar artists were invited by Edible Artist Magazine to demo at their section inside the Fine Chocolate & Dessert Show. This was opportunity I could not pass up considering I had never been to Chicago and the fact that KRAFT Foods headquarters are here too.  You can read my recap of my visit to KRAFTown HERE.

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I loved Chicago. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to see too much but I do know that next time I come back I’ll make sure it’s when the weather is warmer hahaha.

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The show was held inside the Navy Pier.

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There were rows and rows of chocolate!!! Everybody’s dream come true, right?

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This 6-or-so-foot tall chocolate statue was pretty cool. The amazing Alain Roby made it… he was even on site signing copies of his latest book.

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It was cool seeing the French Pastry School students making things on site. It reminded me of when I was attending Johnson & Wales University and we would watch the culinary students compete.

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Here are some of the amazing chocolate structures that were being displayed at the show:

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 After I finished my demos and display, I escaped my booth to go walk the floor.

There were some serious chocolatiers there.  These companies had some of the most delicious chocolates I have ever had.

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There were chocolate fudge bars made with moonshine. I bought a few for my husband.

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There were chocolates made with chile, bacon, onions, coconut and the list goes on and on…..

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And yes,  there were some chocolate-coated marshmallow pops too!

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I loved the way this company displayed their products. That branch tree is such an eye catcher.

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Trump Towers was onsite  serving hot chocolate with dry ice ice cream on top. It was so cool!

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Choco-Pan was also onsite making a deer head display. I totally love their products.

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I got to meet the talented and very sweet owner of New York’s Macaron  Cafe. Of course, I purchased her book and got it signed too :)

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Meanwhile back in our section:

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Sugar artist were busy demoing all kinds of techniques using all kinds of mediums.

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Isomalt figurines made by Peggy Tucker using Simi Cakes products.

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Here’s Rebecca Wortman sculpting buttercream. She’s got crazy skills!

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This is ALL buttercream. No cake, no fondant, no dummies.

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The fabulous Joshua Simpson.

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Jennifer Cucci demoing her amazing Easy Roller.

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Oh yes, and Mike Terry AKA the funniest man in the sugar art world. The show was just a few days before Halloween so naturally he had to scare me LOL

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As the crowd walked the isles filled with chocolaty goodness all weekend long, I sat at my booth demoing pops.

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Here are close ups of the pops I made:

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And onto the fun stuff – what makes my heart beat – what I love the most about my art : Displays.

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I started off by cutting out tons of circles which I would attach to my cake dummy. Can you guess what it will be?

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If you guessed a tree, you either cheated by scrolling down or you have an awesome imagination haha.

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I hand painted every circle with gel food colorings to resemble the tree leaves of an oak tree in the middle of Fall.

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I know it’s more of an eclectic tree but I loved how it came out.

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Top view:

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Close ups:

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View from below:

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Mmmmm, Jet-Puffed‘s Pumkpin Spice Mallows!

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Shortly after completing this piece I jumped on a flight and headed back to my home sweet home.

There’s nothing like industry shows, interacting with fans and meeting amazing people…. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to do what I love for a living.

This was the last show of the year that I will be attending. Can’t wait to see what 2014 shows have in store for us :)

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