LinkedIn with a woman who worked with the DOVE Chocolate Discoveries network. Think of them as a sort of Avon or Tupperware party/sells pitch but with chocolate. I reviewed the samples she sent me and then I sent out a call for another DOVE independent chocolatier nearer to my home. I also visited and sent a message via the main DOVE Chocolate Discoveries website saying I was looking for someone. I was contacted by a nice woman named Renee Reed who lives right in my town and we sent up a party. That's her doing some set up in my house this past Saturday, January 8, 2011.
She began with the "Instant Gratification" products you can buy and eat right from the bag. Now, the Milk Chocolate Acolyte was a bit disappointed when we talked about what to buy. He wanted something he could eat without work but he didn't see the DOVE products he was used to in the catalog. I had to explain again that this was a way to get DOVE products that you just can't by walking into grocery or mass merchandise store. Renee gave everyone some of the Chardonnay Wine Brittle with Caramelized Cocoa Nibs -- something I reviewed in 2010. We ended up ordering the Cinnamon Apples a la mode which has white chocolate since it was a new product and we hoped everyone in our household would try it.
Renee next shared some candies she'd made using DOVE chocolate but also their molds, transfer sheets and a tempering unit you can buy from them. Unfortunately we have limited three-prong outlets in our house, apparently in 1960 they didn't know about them (?!?!), so she couldn't directly demonstrate it. But our Chocolate Fruit Acolyte was in attendance and she and I know first hand that tempering can be tricky.
Finally we ended the party with two fondues, one milk chocolate and one white chocolate, with dipping treats that I supplied. That was all I had to supply -- dipping things and the space. The fondue kits including the warming bowls and trays are also from DOVE Chocolate Discoveries. It took Renee about 45 minutes to set up and we had a nice chat while she was doing so.
Everything that was ordered is going to be delivered to me and then I'll contact the guests and hand out what they bought. This is wise because it saves on packing materials which as you know, Sisters and Brothers, can be a lot of both recyclable but also non-recyclable materials.
Renee Reed was a good presenter. She was funny and honest, she tried to engage with each guest as much as the layout of my house allowed. I would highly recommend that you visit her site and look into hosting your own party or just ordering from her. I hope that some of my guests also leave comments here giving you their views of the party. I would definitely consider doing another party in the future but I'd want to make sure it was at a time when some of the guests who couldn't make it this time, could make it.