Last week Jacques performed a live demonstration for the students at the International Culinary Center in New York on how to create a Christmas Tree Croquembouche. This is a French dessert consisting of choux pastry balls filled with cream, piled into a cone, and bound together with threads of caramel and toffee.
Find and explore the best chocolate shops Brooklyn has to offer by taking a ride on the Brooklyn Bus Chocolate Tour. This 4 hour guided tour, takes guests to the best chocolate shops in town, to sample treats and go behind the scenes to see how the chocolate is made. Wow, this is awesome!
Make room for cookies! We are thrilled to be participating in the Citymeals on Wheels “Sweet September” event this month, where we will be donating a portion of the proceeds for every chocolate chip cookie sold. Donations help to provide food delivery to home-bound, elderly individuals.
Instructed by Mr. Chocolate himself, learn step-by-step at your own pace with a video lesson and instructional tutorial that teaches you how to create bite-sized treats similar to Jacques’ infamous bon bons. Tap into your inner chocolatier and register for the “Ultimate Box of Chocolates” Craftsy class launching September 19th.
The only thing better than ice cream and cookies is enjoying them together, simultaneously, in sandwich form. Today we honor the marriage of our two favorite treats, and we’re beyond proud that Time Out magazine has ranked ours one of “The best ice cream sandwiches in NYC”.
We celebrated “Christmas in July” with Taittinger Champagne by debuting our Holiday 2016 Champagne Taittinger macaron and chocolate line. Read the article here.
Wow! Famous Live included us in “The World’s Top 4 Places To Get a Chocolate Fix”. Thank you, we love what we do and are proud to be ranked among the best. Photo @i_actually_ate_that
Class is in session! Register now for our first ever video lessons with Craftsy, and learn at your own pace the step-by-step process of creating some of Jacques most famous recipes. Receive 50% off the “Ultimate Chocolate Cake” video class here.
There is no better way to cool down this Summer than with our brand new, refreshing ice cream flavors, Cherimoya, Lucuma, Lemon Verbena, and Rum Raisin.
Our Cherimoya flavor is made from a Peruvian fruit that grows on vines at the foot of the Andes Mountains and has a delicate, tropical taste, with hints of banana, coconut, and pineapple. Also made from from a Peruvian fruit, Lucuma possesses a sunshine-like color with hints of caramel, maple, and pumpkin, and is known as the superfood of desserts.
The Lemon Verbena as refreshing as it sounds and what we consider the ultimate Summer flavor. The ingredients were grown in Jacques’ mother’s garden, one batch was made, and it’s only available until it runs out so you better hurry.
Last but not least, we introduce the classic favorite Rum Raisin, ours definitely raises the bar and it’s boozy flavor will take your tastebuds on a ride.
Jacques received the French Chevalier of the Legion of Honor — The highest decoration in France on his 57th Birthday at the French Consulate in New York.
“I’m blessed to do what I love to do every day and am being recognized for it. Representing the culture of food and excellence from my country makes me proud to wear my french flag and honored to receive the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. The General Consul of France Mr. Bertrand Lortholary and his lovely wife Laurence Mezin, hosted a beautiful cocktail party for my friends and I at the French Consulate in New York where I was given this prestigious medal. My dear friend whom I consider my family, Jacques Pepin, whom is also a Legion of Honor recipient bestowed the medal on me. ”
I have been in this profession for over 40 years and I feel very lucky with all the blessings I have received during this time. In the culinary industry in America, there are only a handful of Legion of Honor recipients. They are Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Andre Soltner, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Eric Ripert, Dorothy Hamilton, Nina and Tim Zagat. I am so proud to be part of such an extraordinary group. I truly am living the American dream. Merci to my wife, my family in Bandol, France and California, and all my dear friends. Many of whom flew in from all over the country just for this occasion. There are many special people that were not able to come, but are significant in helping change my life to be where I am today. To all of you, Merci beaucoup. -Jacques Torres
Photos by Eric Vitale Photography