An artisanal chocolatier opens chocolate, a coffee
Robert Nieto and his wife, Tara, have been selling their pretty, artisanal Fleur Sauvage chocolates at local farmers’ markets for three years, but on Wednesday, December 15, they will be opening their own chocolate shop at 370 Windsor River Road.
The couple launched their chocolate business in 2019, after Robert Nieto worked as a pastry chef at Madrona Manor, Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro and Jackson Family Wines. You may have also seen him as a contender on Food Network‘s “Holiday Wars”, “Cookie Wars” and “Beat Bobby Flay” for the past few years.
If you love artfully made chocolate, you’ll appreciate Nieto’s flair with his thin-shelled jewel-shaped candies and chocolate wine bottles filled with truffles. Nieto has lived up to the chocolate orders for the holiday, so they are planning a smooth opening for the new store, highlighting a few goodies to give away, including multi-colored chocolate candies.
“We have some holiday-themed candy, and we’re going to try to deliver the cocoa bomb,” Nieto said. “We make our own cocoa blend, with cinnamon to spice it up and marshmallows inside.”
The shop will also sell jelly candies with flavors of wine country such as pear-chardonnay and mulled wine. Nieto takes the candies out of a silicone mold and toss them in sugar for a frosty coating. He also hopes to prepare a few individual desserts for the holidays and give a modern touch to the classic Yule log dessert.
Tara Nieto will run the storefront, where you can order espressos, lattes and hot chocolate to warm you up on cold winter days. There are several seats, inside and outside the store, which is located in a former driving school.
Fleur Sauvage Chocolates already partners with several wineries to serve their chocolates, from Badassari Wines in Windsor to Walt Wines in Sonoma and Napa. But Nieto plans to get more involved in the Windsor community.
“I would love to offer a workshop on how to make your own chocolate bar,” he said. “Here, it’s really family-friendly.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, but may change in the future. For more information, visit fleursauvagechocolates.com.
Bay Laurel gets salty, sweet with edible gifts
If you’re short on time to bake holiday cookies, Bay Laurel Culinary has a range of sweet and savory bites packed in cute boxes or jars.
Choices include a tin of Tahitian vanilla caramel corn ($ 30), a tin of shortbread cookies ($ 50), and a savory and sweet tin (spiced rosemary nuts, black truffle porcini popcorn. , salted caramel pecan sandies, bitter chocolate sands and Meyer lemon shortbread for $ 80).
To fill the Christmas stockings, you can get jars of maple and pecan granola, chocolate and hazelnut biscotti, ripening spices and other treats.
If you need help with your Christmas menu, they also have a take out menu of starters, side dishes, and sweets, including classics like a sour cream coffee cake to start the day. , a box of cold cuts and cheese and a classic glazed ham for dinner.
For the full menu, visit baylaurelculinary.com. Orders must be placed by December 18 at 707-981-8100 or [email protected] Pickup is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on December 24. 1370 Industrial Blvd.
Dreams of sugared almonds dance in their heads
Mon Rêve Chocolate Art Studio will be giving several new French Pastry and Chocolate Making Master Classes in December, January and February for cooks interested in learning how to make authentic and sweet creations at home.
Mon Rêve founder Pooneh Yamini will teach attendees how to prepare classic French pastries such as Saint-Honoré cake, French double chocolate cream puffs, and Valentine’s chocolate candies.
There will be a Gâteau St. Honoré demonstration class in person from 10 am to 12:30 pm on Friday and Saturday December 17th and 18th. Participants will learn how to make puff pastry, cream puff pastry, vanilla bean cream pastry, vanilla whipped cream and dry caramel.
The cost is $ 125. For more information or to register, go to monrevechoc.com and click on Workshops. 129 Miller Avenue, Suite 823.
Seasons of Spice gift set a gift that keeps on giving
The Savory Spice Company, which has local storefronts in Santa Rosa and Sonoma, has launched a quarterly spice subscription box, Seasons of Spice, for the hobbyist on your list who needs a little inspiration.
An organized box will be delivered quarterly and will include a selection of products, Spice ‘n Easy recipe mixes and Savory Spice seasonings with bonus surprises. Boxes contain a blend of seasonal flavors to complement fall baked goods, cozy winter soups, fresh spring salads and summer barbecues.
The Seasons of Spice box is sized for a family ($ 149.99 for the year), but there’s also a sous-chef subscription calibrated to cook for one ($ 99).
To order, go to savoryspiceshop.com/sos.
Editor-in-Chief Diane Peterson can be reached at 707-521-5287 or [email protected] On Twitter @ dianepete56