It’s been a terrific six weeks celebrating the launch of Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate. We began on July 18th, with a launch at the beautiful Evergreen Gate B&B in St. Andrews, Manitoba. Laurel and Rob Sarginson were kind enough to host a launch for my previous book, Before You Say Yes … A Guide to the Pleasure & Pitfalls of Volunteer Boards back in April, 2010, and here we are three and a half years later, enjoying the same experience. I can’t think of a more elegant yet welcoming venue for a book launch or literary event.Rob and Laurel Sarginson of the Evergreen Gate B&B hosted the launch of Chocolatour in St. Andrews, Manitoba.
And on July 25th, we had a second launch at the Ponemah Arts Centre hosted by Betty Jackson and Bruce Smith. I love this venue because it’s artsy and informal, and very close to my home in Matlock. Here’s a photo of some of the attendees waiting for the chocolate to be shared.Guests at the Chocolatour launch at the Ponbemah Arts Centre waiting for the chocolate to make its rounds. We sampled a good selection of lovely chocolate made in Budapest, Hungary, by Zsolt Szabad, an innovative bean-to-bar award-winning chocolate maker. The square Roszavolgyi Csokolade bars are wrapped in eye-catching cheery paper with colourful motifs and contain pure decorated chocolate that comes in a single origin series and exotic flavours such as Lavender, Bread Olives & Bread, and Pistachio Gianduja. Rozsavoigyi Chocolate from Hungary is beautiful to look at and interesting to eat.
The most exciting part of any book launch is the opportunity to sell and sign books for enthusiastic readers.It was fun signing books at the Ponemah Arts Centre launch.
The third event for Chocolatour was held August 20th at the Caboto Centre in Winnipeg in conjunction with Journeys Travel, the parent of the Worldly Women travel Club. It was great to see a packed house of 50 chocolate-loving women who also love to travel. We’re planning a real-life Chocolatour with these ladies to Switzerland from March 29-April 8, 2014, when we’ll become immersed in the world of Swiss chocolate. It will be terrific to visit some of the amazing chocolate shops I was introduced to on my first Chocolatour to Zurich in 2009. Stay tuned to http://chocolatour.net for details of this and future chocolate trips. A big thanks to Angela and the staff at Lindt Chocolatier outlet store at 1570 Kenaston Blvd. in Winnipeg who donated a generous supply of dark chocolate with sea salt bars for sampling and a beautiful basket of chocolate for one lucky attendee. We also sampled some milk chocolate from Ukraine and some raw chocolate made by Peruvian farmers.The staff at the Lindt Chocolatier outlet store in Winnipeg generously donated a gift basket and tasting chocolate for the August 20th event.
And of course, if you haven’t yet got your copy of Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate, both e-books and paperbacks are available via http://chocolatour.net. It’s truly been satisfying and rewarding signing each and every book that gets mailed out to chocolate lovers around the world. I look forward to sending you yours!
Please join us back here the week of September 2nd, for our next new post. And if you’re in the Winnipeg area, please mark November 2nd down as the date of the Chocolatour event at McNally Robinson Booksellers. We’ll be having a chocolate dinner, with menu specially designed by the terrific chefs at Prairie Ink Restaurant, and I’ll be giving a talk about my chocolate travels and signing copies of Chocolatour. Details to follow.