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Brian Donaghy
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Brian Donaghy is now friends with Patti Humbert and Corey Meyer
Jun 18
Jim Greenberg and Brian Donaghy are now friends
Dec 15, 2013
Brian Donaghy replied to Roy McClish's discussion Tempering Milk Chocolate
"The Little Dipper is a seed machine - you shouldn't have to go to 80F to form stable crystals.  Remove any crystal memory by pre-heating the chocolate and then start to seed as the chocolate approaches 91 (or so) on the cool down. brian"
Aug 2, 2013
Brian Donaghy replied to Colin Green's discussion Problems with panning
"Try pre-coating with a little cocoa powder.  It will help[ the chocolate adhere and also if the coat is thinner in spots it will not have a significant color difference. brian"
Aug 2, 2013
Brian Donaghy replied to Simon G's discussion Getting ready for first batch in the group Startup Central
"A thicker gauge polycarbonate vacuum formed might be an alternative.  They tend to hold up well and give good results (similar to injection moulds) depending on the design. brian"
Oct 18, 2012
Brian Donaghy replied to PHLChocolate's discussion Sourcing in the group Startup Central
"Because I am curious - how would one make a dairy free white chocolate or compound.  Isn't the milk powder essential in the formulation?   Thanks.   brian"
Oct 18, 2012
Brian Donaghy replied to Daniela Vasquez's discussion Tempering Machine
"Omar. I understand that the Pomati is less expensive than the Selmi.  What I recommend to all my clients when they are looking at equipment is to work with it and to talk to people who have that identical machine in their shop.  Try…"
Oct 15, 2012
Brian Donaghy replied to Daniela Vasquez's discussion Tempering Machine
"Omar. You are absolutely correct but I also represent Selmi's US distributor from time to time and Clay has asked that those who represent companines try to not present wholly biased opinions and I am trying to respect that by providing where…"
Oct 12, 2012

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Dark, Milk, White?
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Recently? The chocolate department KaDeWe in Berlin.
My favorite chocolate is:
Something dark

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At 1:33pm on May 1, 2010, Pierre (Pete) Trinque said…

my wife Dianne will be joining you for your class in CA next week. Work her hard. Ha. Wish I were able to join you.


At 5:29pm on March 1, 2010, Alexandra Saunders said…
Hi Brian - So nice to meet you just now. Wow! You are a wealth of information :-)
Really looking forward to meeting you in person in May.
BTW - just informed my husband he needed to move some of his cabs to a different place. Our wine cooler is now mine!!
At 2:42pm on January 12, 2010, Pierre (Pete) Trinque said…

Was wondering if you were going to the Fancy Food Show in SF. Didn't know if your company had a booth at the event.

At 6:50pm on September 6, 2009, wallace Macdonald said…
Thanks for that. What other Equipment do you sell?
At 3:43am on September 6, 2009, wallace Macdonald said…
Brian have you ever sent selmi's to Australia? I have been looking at the plus as well as the panning machine.
At 10:16am on August 11, 2009, Justin Schaffer said…
Hey Brian,

I was just wondering if you are going to the candy show in Atlantic City. I will be there for the show and thought id say hi if you were there... Thanks for the info on the airbrushing.. Things are coming along pretty good..
At 2:36pm on May 14, 2009, Arun Bhargava said…
Hello Brian,

Nice to see your msg. I am new here, so dont know if it is permitted, by my email id is

please do write me on what you need. pls check to know what we have to offer.

At 11:21am on May 4, 2009, Tom Bauweraerts said…
Hi Brian,
How are you...
I know exactly what kind of tempering units the clients are looking for :-)
Take care and congratulations that you have become father ...
At 6:04pm on April 13, 2009, Megan Hardgrave said…
Dear Brian ,

I am following up with you to see if yout got the Collectible Profiles,Inc. Catalog which has the pictures of our "Profiles in Chocolate" Abraham Lincoln Profile. Let me know what you think ?

Megan Hardgrave
At 9:22pm on March 30, 2009, Megan Hardgrave said…
Dear Brian ,

Thank you for your interest in Collectible Profiles,Inc. chocolate line called "Profiles in Chocolate" we don't have a website , with images but If you can give me your mailing address I can send you our Collectible Profiles Catalog which does have pictures of our Profile Chocolates in it. Also you can learn more about Collectible Profiles by checking out the post I made to Paul today.


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