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Maria Valente
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  • Mamaroneck, NY
  • United States
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Road trip to Nashville

Started this discussion. Last reply by Maria Valente Jun 17, 2012. 4 Replies

Chocolate molds

Started this discussion. Last reply by cheebs Jul 9, 2010. 2 Replies

 

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Anjali Gupta left a comment for Maria Valente
"Hi Maria, I am looking at moving my home-based chocolate business into an expensive retail space (because all retail space in Singapore is expensive). I would love to communicate with you and learn from your experience. Anjali"
Mar 19
Maria Valente replied to Maria Valente's discussion Road trip to Nashville
"Thank you Nat, I will look into all of these. Joe, upstate may be another trip, but I will keep this one on my list as well!"
Jun 17, 2012
Joe Suhrada replied to Maria Valente's discussion Road trip to Nashville
"Come and see us in upstate NY! Uncle Sam's Candy! www.unclesamscandy.com "
Jun 15, 2012
Maria Valente replied to Maria Valente's discussion Road trip to Nashville
"I'm good with NYC, I am looking for suggestions along the way...southern jersey, pa, va, tn, etc...thanks!"
Jun 13, 2012
Nat replied to Maria Valente's discussion Road trip to Nashville
"Ultramarinos in Hoboken, NJ Chocolate Lover's club in Princeton, NJ Cocova in DC Potomac Chocolate in DC Esaczu in NC? Secret Chocolatier  2935 Providence RdSuite 104Charlotte NC 28211 for a start. Do you need…"
Jun 13, 2012
Maria Valente and Regina Furphy are now friends
Jun 13, 2012
Maria Valente posted a discussion

Road trip to Nashville

I will be driving this summer from NY to Nashville and would like to visit as many chocolate shops as I can. Does anyone have any reccomendations for places I should not miss?
Jun 13, 2012
Maria Valente replied to Nancy Y's discussion For Sale - Chocolate Display Cases in the group Classifieds - For Sale or Wanted
"Are these still available?"
Jan 10, 2012

Profile Information

Dark, Milk, White?
Dark
Most memorable chocolate experience:
Opening my chocolate shop!
My favorite chocolate is:
My dark espresso truffle (today...I have a new favorite every day!)

Maria Valente's Blog

The Ten Best Pastry Chefs in America...and me!

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 10:20am 1 Comment

All I can say is...WOW! Last night I was lucky enough to attend a party at ICE--the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, honoring the 10 best pastry chefs in America. It was an amazing experience for a chocolatier and dessert freak like me. We were first allowed to roam through the building where these talented and amazing chefs were setting up and would answer our questions and just basically allow us to gawk at their creations. Then there was the ceremony where each of the 10 were… Continue

My Very First Blog...be gentle with me!

Posted on May 22, 2009 at 3:15pm 0 Comments

So , I have finally been dragged kicking and screaming into this brave new digital world where everything is all a Twitter and Facebook has replaced Facetime, but here I am ready to Blog..So what do I blog about? Well, Chocolate of course! I am a chocolatier for lack of a better title. It's a pretty good title I think, and I am in very good company. I haven't always been a chocolatier and that is something I can blog about at a later date. , but I am one now. What that means is I get to create… Continue

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At 7:41pm on March 19, 2014, Anjali Gupta said…

Hi Maria,

I am looking at moving my home-based chocolate business into an expensive retail space (because all retail space in Singapore is expensive). I would love to communicate with you and learn from your experience.

Anjali

At 6:47pm on June 20, 2009, Catherine DeLucia said…
Thanks for the welcome, Maria. I am sure I will spend many hours enjoying this chocolate heaven.
At 6:31pm on January 31, 2008, Maria Valente said…
The name of my shop is Chocolations. I am at 447 Mamaroneck Ave in Mamaroneck, NY. I accomplished it by refusing to listen to everyone who told me I couldn't or shouldn't do it. I especially didn't listen to myself when defeatist thoughts crossed my mind. It was a dream and it still is. I worked really hard to learn everything I didn't know about chocolate. The smartest thing I did was ask the experts, and of course the expert on all things chocolate is Clay Gordon. I took 10 months to work in a bakery and see if this was really something I could do. I also took courses at the French Culinary Institute on chocolate. Ithas been a lot of work, but I am living my dream and it was well worth the effort!
At 6:17pm on January 31, 2008, Chocoflyer said…
What's the name of your shop, where is it, and how did you accomplish such a herculean feat?
At 12:05pm on January 30, 2008, Clay Gordon said…
Maria:

Welcome to The Chocolate Life. While I know a lot about your opening the shop (I worked with you on it), I am sure that there are people who are interested in hearing about your experiences moving a home-based business into a retail space on a busy retail shopping street.
 
 
 

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