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Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 05:03 AM

Ok... One more thing. Had an idea of a Martini theme type wedding - liked The Kitchen menus but, will try Joe's and Carmelized Productions. So as a gift to my guests, I'm a thinkin' engraved martini glasses filled with truffles or some other type of chocolate treats. I want really good/ quality chocolates and/or other treats. You all are my new friends, and thank you for the catering suggestions. NOW get busy and help me with this chocolate thing............ haha

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Kitchen Queen :)

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    compucook RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 06:05 AM

    Check with Chocolates a la Carte. They are located in Valencia and have a website. Their chocolate is very good and they have some darling martini glasses made from chocolate!
    http://www.chocolates-ala-carte.com

    They did the favors at my daughter's wedding and they do many hotel and banquet special orders.

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      Kitchen Queen RE: compucook Jul 18, 2006 11:03 PM

      This is great my Husband-to-be works out that way and is the chocoholic. Not me! I'll have him stop by there and test the merchandise. :)

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      budlit RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 04:56 PM

      Jin Patisserie, in Venice makes beautiful (but expensive) chocolates

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        iLoveFood RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 05:06 PM

        Chuao Chocolatier...they are based out of San Diego but I'm sure you could mail order (they also have a store in Irvine)

        The Chevere-ganache with goat's cheese & black pepper is amazing!

        http://www.chuaochocolatier.com/

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          Alice RE: iLoveFood Jul 20, 2006 07:48 AM

          I love Chuao's Chocolatier! =) sooo goood. too bad there isn't one in LA.

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          Nicole RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 05:10 PM

          My favorite chocolate store is Teuscher in Beverly Hills...their champagne truffles are AMAZING! However, they are rather expensive. But if price were not an issue, I would fill those glasses with Teuscher's champagne truffles in a second! The only potential issue is that they are dusted in cocoa powder, so some powder could potentially rub off on the glass and make it look less pretty. So I would buy one glass and a few truffles to "test" it out.

          Godiva is also always a good option. Less expensive than Teuscher, but still rather expensive.

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            love2chow RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 06:24 PM

            My favorite truffles/chocolates in the whole city come from Compartes Chocolatier in Brentwood (on Barrington by San Vicente). They make amazing melt in your mouth ganaches and do lots of different flavors and varieties, last time I was in they had a mango saffron, organic espresso, tonka vanilla bean, sea salt caramel, raspberry peppercorn and the most amazing toffee with sea salt and almonds. The young crew is also very helpful and they do lots of party favors, I had beautiful 2 piece boxes made for a party I was throwing a couple weeks ago and they assorted the flavors for me, they also offered to put on initials on the truffles as well and they can do different colors. Go check them out, they are local and customize everything, also really quality ingredients (homemade peanut butter and marshmallow) and they just remodeled too, hot chocolate is to die for (with cayenne and homemade whipped cream) and they also have some sort of teas I think. Oh yeah and they have something they call "rustic" truffles, whatever that means, and they look like traditional rolled cocoa truffles, so scrumptious, as well as the really pretty artsy chocolates like others in the area make. Reasonable prices, I can't recommend Compartes Chocolates enough! ENJOY!

            http://compartes.stores.yahoo.net/

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              Kitchen Queen RE: love2chow Jul 18, 2006 10:56 PM

              Thanks for this - I'm off to the city tomorrow anyway for business and plan to stop at Susie Cakes. So, nothing wrong with my day tomorrow....:) :0 chocolates and cupcakes! Yahoooo

              BTW After looking at their site-briefly, I had an idea of monogaming our truffles and chocolates. Seems they can do this....

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                liu RE: love2chow Jul 18, 2006 11:05 PM

                AND their chocolate-dipped apricots!

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                  love2chow RE: liu Jul 20, 2006 04:31 AM

                  yes i cant believe i forgot about compartes dipped fruits, the apricots and orange peels are my two favorites...they also do this fresh raspberry concotion with dark chocolate but you have to call ahead and order them, there is a brentwood street fair and compartes always has a booth with those, i stop every year and eat about SIX of them, literally...haha! also kitchen queen the staff is really nice there at compartes and they do that monograming thing you are talking about, really friendly and informative when it comes to helping to plan a party, they have lots of ideas...

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                    Kitchen Queen RE: love2chow Jul 20, 2006 04:45 AM

                    love2chow- You are my new friend! Went to Compartes this afternoon - see my other posting (...on barrington and San Vicente) and was totally WOWED. Had many truffles and Love Nuts. Everything was so incredible I was in a whirlwind! I will visit again and try the dipped fruits. Jonathan also mentioned that he has acquired the famed NY recipe for frozen hot chocolate, purchased the proper machine to make it and will soon start offering this. He also has now a fine selection of fresh teas. Unfortunately he was out of the hot chocolate but, it's just one more thing for me to try in the near future. Jonathan IS a gem as well and I'll look forward to working with him. And, tasting, all season long, his amazing collection of delectables. BTW- Did Susie Cakes as well (across the street), and, was NOT impressed.

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                      love2chow RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 21, 2006 06:42 PM

                      im so happy u enjoyed kitchen queen...they are so underrated its ridiculous, imo compartes is the best chocolate spot in LA, jonathan, who i think is the owner, is so nice and its so good to see someone be so passionate about what they do, especially at such a young age, hes always creating new flavors and varieties and couldnt be kinder, im so happy you took my advice, for those who have not been to compartes since he took over, go give it a shot, they also have elixir teas now and that frozen hot chocolate thing, omg i cant believe they are gonna do that, now it'll give me all the more reason to stop in there, i bet it'll be amazing, do you know when they are gonna start? can't wait to try!

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                        Kitchen Queen RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 22, 2006 09:55 PM

                        Love2chow-Jonathan, who is in fact owner, taken from his father and uncle I believe, his father anyway, stated that he should have the frozen bliss of chocolate available "soon" Maybe call and ask him.
                        Here's the #310-826-3380 Also try his "love nuts" if you haven't yet

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                  Bostonbob3 RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 06:28 PM

                  You HAVE to try these truffles. Granted, they're from S.F., but they deliver overnight. Amazing stuff. Highest rating from David Rosengarten.

                  http://www.xoxtruffles.com/framepage.htm

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                    glutton RE: Bostonbob3 Jul 18, 2006 07:16 PM

                    I have visited this chocolatier before and I can concur that the truffles are extraordinary. They tend to be more traditionally flavored. If you're looking for something more artistic or exotic, then I would suggest Jin Patisserie. those chocolates are artwork and they taste really good, too.

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                      Kitchen Queen RE: Bostonbob3 Jul 20, 2006 04:48 AM

                      Better than Compartes? I looked at the website and saw that they market to Whole Foods. I'll try there. It's just down the road a piece from my humble abode. :) KQ

                    2. PseudoNerd RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 18, 2006 06:36 PM

                      I agree with the previous posts. Jin would be my absolute first choice for any and all things. Of course, Teuscher has the best champagne truffles-- after all, it's their signature chocolate. But, as previously said, they're both rather expensive.

                      Cheaper options: If the dusting of cocoa powder isn't a problem, or if you actually want to speak with the owners, you might try La Provence:
                      Patisserie La Provence: (310) 888-8833, 8950 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
                      Since the truffles are made on the premises and have a shell underneath the layer of cocoa powder, you could probably request it without.
                      Or you could try Figaro in Los Feliz, which does all-organic EVERYTHING:
                      Figaro Cafe: (323) 662-1587, 1802 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 90027
                      I believe the baked goods at their patisserie are dairy, yeast, and sugar (they use xylitol)-free
                      Both places have truffles that run less than a dollar a piece, but I'm sure they'd be *much* cheaper if ordered in bulk

                      1. Kitchen Queen RE: Kitchen Queen Jul 19, 2006 04:37 AM

                        Thank you once again to all my chowhound compadres. Looks like I have some work to do here......And, thanks to ALL of you I feel very confident in the success of this once in MY lifetime event! I'm off to Barrington and San Vicente tomorrow. Suppose I'll have to "drop" in to Bodhi Tree while I'm parusing the treat shops. Next week it's a trip to The Kitchen!

                        BTW - Just came from Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake. Had a great grilled chicken breast sand - the man needed a burger. Last time I went to a B.B.B. T.V.'s were still in B & W and there were only 7 stations! Didn't know they were still around :) KQ

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