For the Love of Chocolate Scholarship Foundation depends on its generous sponsors and donors who make the finest pasty education possible for the future pastry chefs of Chicago and the nation.
Find out how to become a sponsor of For the Love of Chocolate Foundation, and help provide scholarships to aspiring students of the pastry arts.
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The globally recognized Eurest launched in 1996 in the US and provides dining services to local, regional and national companies within the Business & Industry markets, including employee dining centers, on-site catering, vending, executive dining rooms, and other managed services. Eurest is proud to serve the world’s most respected and successful corporations, including many of the Fortune 500.eurest-usa.com
For four generations, the "black wine " has been flowing through the Vigouroux family's veins. If the passing down of the wine making know-how is important in viticulture, the passion for Malbec is even more remarkable in heredity, guiding the family since 1887 on the historic Cahors vineyards and beyond, in search of terroir/grape variety symbiosis. Owners of approximately 150 hectares of vineyards in the Southwest France, the Vigouroux family are the specialists in France when it comes to producing Malbec wines. With focus on the black wine since 1887, their four wineries and Chateaux offer various styles of wines, from the plateau to the different terraces ... A know-how practiced for several generations and an expertise in the Malbec grape variety, historic chateaux, a high gross rate of their brands, a qualitative distribution, completed by an exceptional agritourism offer, Bertrand-Gabriel Vigouroux is open to the world, committed to maintaining his roots and regional values.www.g-vigouroux.fr
AV Chicago - Specializing in audio, video, lighting, staging, event services & equipment rental
Whether it's a meeting, conference, trade show, gala, social gathering or fundraiser, we're involved with more than 2,500 events each year. For more than 31 years, we've been helping clients make their vision a reality by matching the right equipment with the right expertise at the right price.
Our staff has over 300 years of combined experience to make your next event the most memorable.
We know our stuff..... and we have a lot of stuff!www.avchicago.com
We not only focus on the physical workspace, we explore how it relates to employee productivity, creativity and collaboration. Through the integration of architecture, office furniture and technology solutions, we create environments that are tailored to the way you do business. We understand the kind of furniture you will need to integrate with the technology appliances of today, and how those needs may change in the future. Forward Space provides scalable solutions that will help you adapt to the ever-evolving technology landscape, as well as changes in business processes and the workforce.forwardspace.com
Much has happened since our dad, Jim Stolfe, traded his prized 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire to open the first Connie’s in a small storefront on the south side of Chicago. We no longer play records, we download tunes. We chat online, not over the neighbor’s fence. The Connie’s family has undergone changes as well! We have opened new restaurants and expanded into frozen foods nationwide. There are some things, however, that have not changed. We are still family owned. We are still obsessed with quality and service. And Dad still has the final word! We hope you will all be customers for 50 more years!https://www.conniespizza.com
Dr. Graphx is a graphic arts service business located in the heart of Chicago. We provide full-service large-format and specialty print production, design, and project management to some of the world’s most discriminating agencies, corporate clients, and retail customers. We are a one-stop shop for retail, corporate, non-profits and B2B companies.Dr. Graphx
With a precise palate and a commitment to the chocolate craft, we have made the world’s best chocolate for five generations. We select single origins for their exclusive flavors and attributes and customize blends and formulas to deliver a premium chocolate experience. Whether you’re looking for an exciting tasting journey or the perfect 70% for a favorite recipe, we have a chocolate for you.www.guittard.com
Sunstarr Apparel, a division of Choi Brands Inc., is Chicago’s dependable source for chef and kitchen uniforms. In addition to our stock line of basic pieces, we offer custom styles designed to your specifications. Custom is easy when production is local. Take advantage of our 40+ years of experience, our commitment to consistent quality, and our centrally located Chicago manufacturing & distribution facility.www.sunstarrapparel.com/
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Founded in 2013, CH Distillery is Chicago’s only distillery making grain-to-bottle Vodka from Illinois-grown ingredients. CH is unique among other local distilleries in its concentration on Vodka as its flagship product. Celebrating the science of making spirits, CH takes its name from the fundamental compounds in alcohol, carbon and hydrogen, while paying tribute to the local community. In addition to Vodka, CH Distillery produces a wide range of spirits in from locally sourced ingredients. CH Distillery & Cocktail Bar is also Chicago’s first combination distillery and cocktail bar, taking spirit-driven cocktails and paired cuisine to a new level in its sophisticated West Loop 48-seat lounge.chdistillery.com
Chicago Costume has been outfitting Chicago in brilliant costumes since 1976. We can fully customize any costume from a one-person performance to an entire corporate event. The business was founded by Mary Hickey Panayotou when she was custom designing rental costumes out of her home, and customers began to ask about purchasing accessories, makeup, wigs and full costumes- a larger space was needed and our store on Fullerton was born. Chicago Costume has since grown to include Mary's son Courtland, his wife Erin and many other family members and friends throughout the year.
Chicago Costume works with local theaters and actors, films- both professional and student, corporate events and meetings, museums, PR companies, restaurants and bars, and many, many more!chicagocostume.com
Our professional mixologists have dedicated their careers to the fine art of making drinks. Anyone you know can shake a cocktail, but crafting one that is perfectly balanced takes practice and experience.
Our vision was to take classic cocktails and then source the best ingredients from around the world to properly balance them. These drinks were not created in the boardroom, but instead come from people who have dedicated their life to hospitality, the study of spirits and the history and art of bartending.
Chief mixologist, Charles Joly, is world renowned and has an extraordinary palate and attention to detail. While there are thousands of bars out there, only a small number make thoughtful, fresh drinks. Charles wanted to create something that would be the closest thing you could get to having a craft cocktail specialist at your disposal. Our drinks are as close as you can get to those served at high quality bars.
We focus on using only fresh, all natural ingredients, regardless of expense. We believe in quality over quantity and that the integrity of those ingredients is the only way to make an authentic drink. Each individual batch is precisely measured and we pay attention to small details such as how will the drink taste after it’s sat in a glass of ice for ten minutes. This attention to detail isn’t the norm, but we didn’t want to create something normal.
We hope you find that our cocktails are fun, flavorful and authentic. These are the drinks that we recommend to our bar clientele and the ones we drink ourselves. Cheers!crafthousecocktails.com
Jens Andreas Paasche started Paasche Airbrush Company back in 1904. Jens Paasche was born on February 27, 1880, the youngest and a twin, of a wonderful family of six boys and four girls. After grammer school in Trondheim, Norway, he entered into a gunsmith apprenticeship with Kalseth Gunworks or Trondheim at the age of 14 from 1894 to 1898. He left Kalseth Gunworks in 1898 to work at Kongsberg Gunworks assembling Krag-Jorgensen guns and other weaponry.
At the age of 20 Jens Paasche left Norway for America aboard the S.S. Teutonic. He arrived in New York harbor on August 6, 1900. Settling in Chicago Jens began the self education of his inventive genius which would eventually establish him prominently in the air painting industry.
In 1904 he aquired half interest in a partnership of World Air Brush Manufacturing Co. Being driven by his determination and desire to make a product that would surpass any other and be the pinnacle of craftsmanship and quality, he founded Paasche Brothers in 1904. Jens sold his product by day and made them at night. Always looking for a better way, a more effecient and less costly product, he aquired over 80 patents. In 1906 he bought his brothers' interest and started Paasche Airbrush Company. The final transition took place on May 20, 1916 when Paasche Airbrush Company was incorporated.
We should remember that the theory of the airbrush is akin to that of the automobile carburetor which atomizes gasoline. In fact, Mr. Paasche held a patent on a carburetor, but was more interested in the airbrush and never pursued the other as a money making proposition.
Mr. Paasche's alert thinking and limitless optimism aroused the admiration of everyone with whom he came in contact. To his way of thinking, life is an adventure too fantastic to be touched by pessimism and too challenging from which to retire. Forever an optimist "each day was his best day". He was the epitome of a gentleman, never raising his voice, never using profanity and a true American patriot in every sense of the word. Yet he never forgot his place of birth and was knighted by the King of Norway for his philanthropic church activities there. Mr. Paasche's friends included practically everyone associated with airbrushing including luminaries such as Vargas and Petty and many Hollywood illustrators and animators.
Paasche airbrushes such as the VL, H and VJR have been widely copied but not the AB. The latter for use by only the most accomplished airbrusher.
Paasche Airbrush Company continues the legacy left by its founder Jens A. Paasche with the ultimate in quality control. Continuing his insistence that every airbrush be inspected prior to shipment, they are manufactured and assembled at the factory in Chicago, Illinois.
The original factory was constructed in Chicago in 1922. It was subsequently expanded three times. In 1984, needing more space for the ever increasing demand for airbrushes and industrial spray equipment, the factory was relocated to Harwood Height, Illinois. Harwood Heights is a northern suburb of Chicago. We moved back to Chicago in 2005 and that is where we are currently manufacturing and assembling our line of airbrushes and industrial spray paint equipment.
Paasche Airbrush is currently operated by Jens A. Paasche's grandson John Paasche Pettersen, his wife Vallie Pettersen and their twin sons Brian and Steven Pettersen. Paasche Airbrush Company is proud to be an American company, proud to be accepted nationally and internationally. We celebrated our 100th year in 2004 and hope to continue the legacy left by Jens A. Paasche far into the future.paascheairbrush.com
Now fully active on five continents, the objective of this key development is to coordinate and market the sale of spirit brands to catering professionals.
The new company is successfully achieving its goals in compliance with a Charter through which it undertakes to develop an in-depth programme providing professionals with advice, demonstrations, recipes and co-branding initiatives, ensuring that these fine quality products are made available to chefs around the world.
Through their talents, these chefs then take up the baton by offering consumers a host of outstanding creations to savour. Gifted chefs and renowned distributors acting as PREMIUM GASTRONOMIE® ambassadors are now found in all the world's major cities.
Product quality, advice, support and close relationships are the vital elements that bind PREMIUM GASTRONOMIE® to its partners. A long-term partnership based on a commitment to produce the very best together.premiumgastronomie.fr
European Imports, Inc. (EI) was a family-owned importer and distributor founded in 1978 by Beverly and Seymour Binstein. The company began as a cheese importer supplying the Chicago market. In 1984, EI started its foodservice division, supplying product to major hotel, white tablecloth restaurants, caterers and foodservice jobbers in the Chicago area. Nationally, the foodservice business was handled by each EI warehouse (Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Phoenix & San Francisco) and through other distributors. EI emerged as a full-line specialty food distributor servicing retailers and foodservice accounts in the Midwest, Southeast, South, Southwest and Northern California regions. On March 1, 2012, EIL was acquired by Sysco, a nationwide distributor. Due to this acquisition, European Imports products are now available through Sysco Companies across the US.eiltd.com
Celebrate nature's beauty with a single stem for a loved one, a custom floral arrangement for your corporate or special event or visit us for a bridal consultation to create personality-defining wedding floral arrangements for your special day. Make someone happy; make yourself happy… we have flowers for every season and every reason. Creative and chic defines Fleur de lis Florist.
Fleur de lis is not just another Chicago florist, we are committed to providing unique floral arrangements, designs that define and client satisfaction. No matter what you require, Fleur de lis Florist will work with you to ensure your satisfaction. For more information, call 312.943.4444, fill out our contact form or visit our River North floral shop.fleurdelischicago.com
From points distant and beyond we all converged on Petaluma in 1993 and '94 with an unenunciated desire to be more than we were before. The core of Lagunitas came from Chicago, St Louis, Memphis, Walker Creek, and the highlands of Quincy. The Chicago contingent initiated the brewing and the gravitational effect of its suchness did the rest. We all loved the beer but the mission was larger than the ordinary joy of a hoppy-sweet quaff. It was driven unseen by an urge to communicate with people, to find our diasporidic tribe, and to connect with other souls adrift on a culture that had lost its center and spun its inhabitants to the four winds to wander lost and bereft with a longing to re-enter the light. Beer, we have learned, has always been a good lubricant for social intercourse! The Lagunitas Brewing Co. was not so much an act of ordinary 'foundling' as it was willed into being by the unspoken desire of supportive beer-lovers in Northern California after which they continued to nurture their creation and urged us forward to fulfill the unifying needs of that same beer-loving diaspora from coast to coast and beyond. It is good to have friends!www.lagunitas.com
Bill Samuels, Sr. - Sixth-generation distiller, son of T.W. and bourbon visionary, Bill Samuels, Sr., not only reinvented the family whisky – he revolutionized the entire category. Bill had two advantages – he cared more about craftsmanship than money and he was a remarkably persistent man. So, using gentle winter wheat – instead of rye – and pure limestone spring water, Bill spent six long years getting it right. After some small fires and considerable trial and error, Maker’s Mark® was born.www.makersmark.com
Italian-born Mario Tricoci began his career in Europe at an early age, rapidly advancing within his profession throughout the international beauty industry. Mario launched his American hairstyling career in the Chicago area over 40 years ago and participated in numerous national and international competitions where he gained significant notoriety. Today, Mario is globally recognized as a trend-setter and visionary in the beauty industry.
Mario opened his first salon in Villa Park, Illinois, and eventually moved to a larger location in Des Plaines. However, in the 70’s he broke all the rules by abandoning the traditional model for “beauty shops” to create a new Mario Tricoci brand. This included opening the first privately owned salon in a major shopping mall, Woodfield Mall, Schaumburg, Illinois. Embracing the fresh, free styles of the era, Mario pioneered cuts with layers and movement perfecting the blow dry which had not been done in salons before. The new business model flourished, new locations were added and Mario kept innovating. In the 80’s he opened the Midwest’s first Day Spa in Arlington Heights, Illinois and Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas have been trailblazing and bringing the latest trends to our guests ever since. Soon after launching the spas, Mario developed his own line of Hair Care products, Mario Tricoci Hair Care, and expanded to private branded skincare and custom blend cosmetics all of which can be purchased in the Salon & Spa locations. Currently, Mario Tricoci operates 15 salons and spas throughout Chicagoland. He shares his passion for the industry with each and every staff member through training and by hiring only those whose passion defines them in their chosen field. He also shares his talent and expertise with students through the 10 schools he founded to develop the beauty professionals of the future.
In the spring of 2006, Mario was honored with the inaugural International Legends Award from the National Cosmetology Association. Respected by his peers among the hairdressing elite, Mario has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure America/Canada. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Intercoiffure Mondial (worldwide organization) headquartered in Paris and Switzerland, as well as an honorary member of the Cosmetologists Chicago Association.
Mario and his work has been featured in many leading beauty industry and consumer publications and he is recognized locally and nationally as a style and beauty authority. He has appeared on numerous national and local television shows and is a popular guest on Chicago radio. Mario Tricoci was twice nominated as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by INC. Magazine and remains “forever a student” as he pursues the next new concepts and innovations in beauty for today’s consumer.tricoci.com
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NewMoon was started by Redmoon's Special Events Team to create unexpected and unforgettable guest experiences around the world. NewMoon creates interactive art inspired by the fundamental elements of an event —from serving food to musical performance— through mechanical contraptions and performance devices. NewMoon's growing array of Creative Food and Beverage Service Devices, Musical Performance Contraptions, and Spectacle ‘Wow’ Moments continue to surprise and delight guests through unforgettable experiences in unexpected ways.www.newmoonchicago.com
My name Dave Schneider, I am a well-rounded and experienced graphic designer currently living on the north side of Chicago.
I enjoy pretty much anything creative (design, photography, art, music) and I strive every day to learn and expand my knowledge and skills.
When I am not sitting in front of the computer, you can probably find me out on a soccer field somewhere.nobodypanic.com
Puratos is an international group, which offers a full range of innovative products, raw materials and application expertise for artisans, industry, retailers and food service customers in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. Our products and services are available in over 100 countries around the world, and in many cases, they are produced locally by our subsidiaries. Puratos USA alone is home to four production sites and seven branches. Above all, Puratos aims to be a reliable partner in innovation across the globe to help our customers deliver nutritious, tasty food to their local communities. For further information, visit www.puratos.us.
Belcolade, the real Belgian chocolate, has the knowhow to turn every chocolate experience into one of pure ecstasy thanks to its unique and broad range of tastes. Based in Erembodegem, Belgium, Belcolade is part of the international Puratos Group, which offers a full range of innovative products, raw materials and expertise for a wide variety of applications in the bakery, patisserie and chocolate sectors. Belcolade is well known for its far-reaching customer focus., as well as assuring fast and flexible delivery. We are also experienced in developing specific flavors according to individual requirements. This results in a unique and unlimited palate of flavors designed to inspire and support the world's best chocolatiers, bakers and pastry chefs. Prepare to be immersed in a world of superior taste. For more info, visit us at http://www.belcolade.com/
Goodbye plain. Hello plain awesome. Sparkling Ice® is a fizzy, flavorful, and Not Bland beverage—without all the calories. We’ve been bottling sparkling water goodness since the 1990s, and today, we’re one of the biggest brands in the category. If you’re looking to put a little sparkle in your step, look no further than our delicious lineup of waters. With over 20 fruit flavors, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find the one for you. Or two. Or six. Seriously, they’re that good. Go ahead, try one today. You can thank us later. Drink Not Bland! Be Not Bland! Sparkling Ice.www.sparklingice.com
Building customer relationships requires time, effort and sincerity. For Sysco, it began with a promise to assist foodservice operators in providing consumers with solutions for meals consumed away from home. Since the initial public offering in 1970, when sales were $115 million, Sysco has grown to $46 billion in sales for fiscal year 2014.
Many solid customer relationships have been nurtured along the way, countless dining trends and meal alternatives have evolved, and today the decision to consume meals prepared away from home is as much necessity as choice. Since then, the industry it serves has expanded from $35 billion to approximately $255 billion.
Today, Sysco has sales and service relationships with approximately 425,000 customers and remains committed to helping them succeed in the foodservice industry and satisfy consumers' appetites. Operating from 194 locations throughout the U.S., Bahamas, Canada, Ireland & Northern Ireland, Sysco's product lines are as diverse as the 50,300 employees who support its daily operations. They include not only the ingredients needed to prepare meals, but also numerous ancillary preparation and serving items. As a result, Sysco can make a difference in its customers' lives and the success of their businesses.http://www.sysco.com/
Testa Produce's roots date back to 1912, with founder Dominick Testa selling stalks of celery door-to-door out of a basket. The creation of the Chicago Terminal Produce Market provided a central selling location for years. Founded in 1991, Testa Produce, Inc. is the successor entity to the original Dominick Testa and Sons. The members of the Testa Family own Testa Produce, Inc. with the controlling interest currently held by Peter Testa. As the restaurant industry evolved, so did Testa Produce. In 2011, Testa expanded yet again and moved into its new home: a 91,300 square foot facility to accomodate an ever-growing list of restaurant, hotel and foodservice customers.www.testaproduce.com
The Chefs' Warehouse is a specialty food distributor that began sourcing products for high-end chefs over 30 years ago. With locations in major metropolitan areas across the United States and Canada, The Chefs' Warehouse serves the finest restaurants, hotels, caterers and gourmet stores in North America.
Our products are sourced to meet the expectations of the highest profile chefs and are now available direct to your home kitchen. From stocking your pantry to gourmet gifts for your friends, The Chefs' Warehouse looks forward to servicing all of your culinary needs.chefswarehouse.com
Established in 1910 by Mr. Wilhelm Hauser, thermohauser came to be known in the worldwide pastry market as supplier of high quality products. The name thermohauser is the synthesis of the family name Hauser and thermoplastics which the company started processing in the early 1950s. In 1970
thermohauser was sold by Mr. Hauser´s son to the current owners, the Busch family. Still today, thermohauser remains a family owned business now in the hands of the third generation.
Thermohauser´s growth for many years was based on the high quality reusable pastry bags it offered. The company expanded internationally and has been represented in the US since the early 1960s, in1994 the fully owned subsidiary thermohauser of America, Inc. was established now serving the North
Today, the thermohauser product range is formed by three groups:
Pastry bags & accessories like tips. Moreover, Thermohauser GmbH is the ONLY manufacturer in the world to provide a patented and FDA approved anti-bacterial Silver Ion reusable pastry bag. This and other unique prodcuts places thermohauser as the industry leader in the pastry bag market
Tools & utensils, covering a broad range of smallwares for baking and cooking purposes
Highly insulated food transportation boxes for safely transporting food prodcuts keeping the food well within the safe food temperature rangewww.thermohauser.de
South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and beyond as you enjoy the benefits of professionally managed travel. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Travel 100 Group is committed to providing clients with a remarkable travel experience. Offering leisure, corporate and group travel services, our expert travel consultants encompass first-hand knowledge and experience in every aspect of the travel industry.
Our long-standing relationship with airlines, cruise lines, hotels, resorts, and land operators, both local and abroad, allow us to creatively assemble the perfect travel package to fit our client’s needs.
We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our company. We look forward to working with you!t100g.com
From the corner diner to the five-star steakhouse, US Foods has helped shape how people eat in America for more than five generations. With a team of more than 25,000 people spanning 60 locations nationwide, we serve independent and multi-unit foodservice operations including healthcare, hospitality, government and educational institutions. Our product lineup spans more than 350,000 items, including our exclusive Chef’s Line brand, and Rykoff Sexton: a premium line of specialty ingredients sourced from around the world.www.usfoods.com
Preserving the Art of French Pastry in Chicago Since 2002.
Initially founded in 2002, Vanille Patisserie specializes in authentic French pastries, desserts, and cakes. Owned and operated by chef Sophie Evanoff, Vanille is noted for its premier quality, taste, and dedication to its craft.
Staffed with a team of classically trained pastry chefs, Vanille Patisserie offers its entire line of artisanal desserts and pastries, including delicious entremets (mousse cakes), luscious tarts, handmade chocolates and candies, the ever-popular French Macarons and freshly baked croissants in its Patisseries (French Pastry) shops and through the finest retailers. Packaged in design as elegant as the French pastries nestled inside, a gift from Vanille is an instantly recognizable statement of premier quality and good taste.
We also offer our our highly acclaimed French-style macarons, as well as an exquisite collection of our carefully crafted handmade chocolates and French candies through the online boutique and design custom wedding cakes, favors and other cakes and dessert creations through our experienced team of sales consultants.
To taste the power of the Vanille Patisserie brand, stop by one our stores or visit our table at one of the many events around Chicago in which we participatewww.vanillepatisserie.com
In 1974, Phil and Bob Zagone decided to make the best Halloween masks possible. They hired a young artist, Bill Ystrom, whose creativity and talent helped them realize their vision. They put Phil’s 3 sons – Phil Jr., Tony and Rich – to work, packing boxes and sweeping floors. The company they built became the industry leader in premium Halloween masks.
Today, Bill Ystrom (known as BY B.Y.), along with Rich, Tony, and Phil Zagone Jr., have joined to form Zagone Studios. Zagone Studios is producing the next generation of innovative and high-quality Halloween products.
The team behind Zagone Studios (which includes BY B.Y.) includes
the people who brought you:
1974 - 1/2 latex, 1/2 ventilated fur fabric
1977 - 1/2 latex , 1/2 hood with Velcro
1983 - 1/2 latex with knit stocking hat
1987 - Moving latex on stretch fabric "sock"
1992 - Moving mouth latex with baseball cap
1993 - Elastic harness, full mouth movement
2005 - Short hair elasticized custom fit hairline
30 years of innovation in every product.