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Having fun with workshops!

Filed in Blog, Event Details by on 29th January 2012 0 Comments • views: 1197

Well it’s now been just over four weeks since we left our Hanover Street premises and became “mobile”.

We’ve had great media coverage and this has helped to get the message out there that we are not closing down the business, but we have just decided to move away from the shop.

We have been busy delivering our dabble and creative workshops – some have been public ones and others have been private hen parties or private corporate events.

It is great working with groups on chocolate making, and it is brilliant when people see how much they can actually do for themselves with chocolate.

Being mobile has presented some interesting challenges, but overall the experience has been fantastic. Leaf Tea Bar on Bold Street is a lovely contemporary setting and is lively and fun. We work upstairs and feedback has been fantastic.

Claremont Farm on the Wirral is a very different setting. Very open with lovely views and a delightful kitchen which always pleases our chocolatier students.

We had our first experience at The Brink on Parr St yesterday and it was great to have a secret room just to ourselves but also have access to the lovely food and drink from the cafe. If you haven’t been do go and try it. The hummus was lovely!

It is an honour to work with these lovely partners and all of them offer many many other activities, so I would urge you to check out their websites.

We are soon to introduce an online booking system which will enable people to book themselves on to workshops and events.

Our next very busy week  is 11th to 18th February when we are participating in a number of markets, holding a valentines day evening workshop, and running children’s workshops!

Really looking forward to it all.

Hoping to see many of our regulars at one of our forthcoming events.

 

 

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Week one – 2012

Filed in Blog by on 8th January 2012 0 Comments • views: 1103

Well what a week we’ve had!

Firstly, from the very bottom of my heart, I would really like to thank everyone for their kind words and support on the closure of the shop.

It is wonderful to have so much goodwill around us and the blessing of so many people. The Chocolate Cellar Team are truly honoured.

We are now looking forward and planning themes and events for for the future.

I have been invited to Radio Merseyside for a chat tomorrow morning on The Breakfast Programme about the business and how businesses need to keep constantly changing and re-inventing themselves – especially in this economic climate. I am really looking forward to that as I really want people to understand that although the closure of the shop is certainly not a cause for celebration, it really is a positive step that we are taking to enable the business to move forward.

This week really has been a step in the right direction as we have been busy with taking bookings for Wedding Cakes at The Wedding House , bookings for workshops with Leaf Tea Bar, The Brink and Claremont Farm as well as dealing with online orders.

I do feel like I have been hibernating since Christmas Eve, but now feel wide awake and ready to move forward. I have made lots and lots of notes on what I would like to do this year.

I thought I would make a “to do” list instead of resolutions. So, I have an exciting list of all that I individually and we as a business would wish to do. I am hoping to achieve all of these, but even if half of these items are completed, it is going to be a fabulous 2012.

On that note, I would like to wish everybody a very Happy 2012 and hope that this year has started off well for them.

Hope we’ll see you at either Woolton or Wirral Farmers market on Saturday. Remember to e-mail us if you would like to order anything for collection!

Bala

Heat and the effects on Chocolate views: 52

So … today I should really be in the Chocolate Room making shot glasses for La Finca Elvissa, La Finca Bodega and Tapas Tapas. Its a hot sunny day and as I am not yet in a temperature controlled industrial unit I am stuck! It is too warm to work with chocolate today. I do […]

Another thank you! views: 95

Once again I would like to thank everyone and anyone who has been kind enough to vote / nominate The Chocolate Cellar. I was so happy to have been listed in Good Taste Magazine’s Power List: 100 women in Food and Drink. It was amazing to see my name listed with many good friends in […]

Unicorns, Dinosaurs and Workshops views: 116

So Easter was a little bit manic with making Unicorns and Dinosaurs. We were overwhelmed with the lovely comments we received as feedback to the eggs we made. Thank you so much – we are delighted that we were able to bring so much happiness with our little treats. We have been a bot behind […]

Spicing it up! views: 252

As Valentines is coming up we have put together a little list of some of our favourite spices to add a little bit of heat to the proceedings. As well as Chocolate, Raw Oysters, Strawberries and more, spices are often cited as being aprodisiacs and are often use in many cultures when preparing recipes for […]