The first time I checked out Jacques Torres' chocolate store in Dumbo Brooklyn, I could see Jacques behind this big glass window that allowed people to see the chocolate being made.
He had an adjustable wrench and was whacking some sort of machine with it.
I decided immediately: 'i like this guy'
I have since bought a bunch of chocolate from him. He makes these small chocolate squares in a ton of ever changing varieties, and you can select which ones you want to make up a box. These boxes of chocolates make great gifts. Anybody I give them to loves them. ( you can order them online here )
Jacques and Jaden Hair invited me to an evening at Jacques' Manhattan store last week with some other food bloggers. It was very nice being in chocolate heaven. Jacques provided the food, and Taittinger Champagne & The Seeker Wines provided the drinks. Jacques is one of those guys with an infectious personality, he likes food and likes to share it with others, and a big thank you to him for sharing it with me. ( we talk about my visit on GardenFork Radio here )
Kinda decadent, chocolate and nice wine, hanging out in NYC. But decadent in a good way.