We learned in late June that we were among the finalists for our mixed chocolates shell/ganache category, which meant the chocolates had survived first a technical round, and then four further days of elimination. Winners would be announced June 24.
My darling mother had just arrived from France, so we decided to drive to New York for the event. Eight hours later (!), after a hellish crossing of the Holland tunnel, we got to Hoboken, NJ to the raucous gathering of chocolatiers and judges. The handing of medal certificates soon started, and when the head judge got to our category, we found out that Almond Citrus had gotten a bronze! And right after that Pistachio Raspberry had won a Silver! The eight hours of driving seemed like nothing after all, a worthy sacrifice to be able to hold the giant certificates! The drive home to Portland was easy, and we are thrilled. Ultimately, we know it is you, our customers, who decide on the excellence of our confections, but it isn't bad to know we also belong in that bigger world.