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Cacao Art at the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America in Miami

This weekend, Cacao Art Chocolates was proud to have been part of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America event in Miami. The event helps raise funds for a number of charities and it is held in ten cities across the country.

There were two events in Miami. The first was an elegant dinner held on Friday, Sept. 20th, prepared by some of Miami’s top chefs, in the romantic setting of the Ancient Spanish Monastery. There was also a cocktail reception and a silent auction. Ted Allen attended, as well as Miami’s own Michael Schwartz from Michael’s Genuine. Some of the luckier attendees got a goodie bag which included a mini-box of Cacao Art Chocolates (with honey cardamom and passion fruit bonbons, if you must know).

A view of the Ancient Spanish Monastery, where the dinner was held (credit: James Beard Foundation)

A view of the Ancient Spanish Monastery, where the dinner was held (credit: James Beard Foundation)

The next day was a more hands-on affair for Cacao Art: we were invited to host a sampling of bonbons at a Sur La Table location in Boca Raton. Ted Allen was there for a cooking demonstration and we were happy to let him have a big box of chocolates.

Ted Allen with his Cacao Art Deluxe box!

Ted Allen with his Cacao Art Deluxe box!

We were also fortunate to meet James Beard Foundation President, Susan Ungaro, who had many kind things to say about the chocolates (especially our crunchy honeycomb).

We loved being involved in the events and want to thank the amazing Rockaway PR for giving us the opportunity!

 

 

 

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Ready for our close-up! Adventures in food photography

At Cacao Art Chocolates we have been busy sprucing up our online presence. Part of that has been to create and design a new online shop that will make it easier for everyone to get their chocolate fix. We hope to launch the new e-boutique very soon with a great look and lots of pictures.

Talking of pictures… 

Here are some behind-the-scenes snaps and some tips on food photography.

 

Follow the light: Make sure you use the best light available, whether it’s sunlight filtering through a window or using a powerful lamp in a closed space. Here in sunny Miami, we figured the best light was around 10am, just bright enough.

Play with the settings: As all photographers know, it is important to coordinate the aperture setting and exposure time. The advantages of today’s digital cameras is that you can take a great many photos and adjust at will.

Like Goldilocks and her porridge: not too bright, not too dark, but just perfect

Like Goldilocks and her porridge: not too bright, not too dark, but just perfect

Take care of your models: Just like in fashion photography, the food you are about to shoot needs a little cosmetic attention. You need to pick the juiciest, brightest looking morsels that will really pop on camera. In the case of our chocolates, we made little decoy bonbons just so that we were able to cut them all from the same slab (this is because our dipped bonbons are handmade and cut, which can result in small variations). We chose the glossiest of our molded bonbons and were very careful when placing them in their boxes.

Our little models wait for their turn in front of the camera

Our little models wait for their turn in front of the camera

Check out some literature: We love recipe books. Some times it’s not even for the recipes, but for the gorgeous pictures. Take Gordon Ramsay’s Three Stars Chef, where the recipes ask you to smoke your own salmon or cook food sous-vide… great techniques, but not exactly practical for a home cook. Yet the pictures are lovely and they make your mouth water. Inspiration, that’s what we’re looking for.

We think the pictures came out great. Hopefully you will too, once we debut our new e-boutique! Stay tuned.

 

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