Notes from the Chocolatier—May

Notes: Our tasting set up at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic last year.
Our tasting set up at the Aspen Food and Wine Classic last year.


Whew! May has been a busy month—and it’s not over yet. This coming weekend I’m heading to Atlanta to participate as Chef Talent in the annual Atlanta Food and Wine Festival. I’m so excited to be a part of such a wonderful event that celebrates the incredible flavors of the South. After Atlanta, I’ll be switching focus to another food event happening in late June: the Food and Wine Classic in Aspen. Traveling to food & wine festivals all across the country is exhilarating; I love introducing Delysia Chocolatier to new foodies and chocolate lovers all across the states. Sharing the joy of Delysia with others is what my job as chocolatier is all about!

Speaking of sharing, I hope you’re ready to share the love with your dad this Father’s Day. It’s funny; Mother’s Day is such a big deal and receives so much focus from the kids. This past Mother’s Day, I was invited to “tea for two” events and received quite a few homemade presents and love notes written by my boys at school. But dads tend to get overlooked (unless the kids need some $$$ or something needs to be fixed — dads are good at that!). I realize it’s because school lets out before Father’s Day rolls around in June, so the kids aren’t making Father’s Day crafts in the classroom. But I still don’t want the dads to get overlooked!

Delysia is actually one of the few chocolatiers in the country that has chocolates specifically created for men (and dads). I pride myself on offering delicious chocolates for every occasion, Father’s Day included. After all, dads work hard all year round, and they deserve a very special chocolate indulgence too! So take some time to show all the dads in your life some extra love this June.


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Nicole Patel

Nicole Patel is the proprietor of and chocolatier for Delysia Chocolatier. In 2006 while pregnant with her first son, Nicole made a batch of chocolate truffles as holiday gifts. To the delight of friends and family, she continued to create chocolates as a way to relieve stress from her corporate engineering job. In 2008, a chance trip to Becker Vineyards led to Nicole being the first in Texas to make truffles using local wines. Within five years, what started as a hobby turned Delysia into one of the Top Ten Chocolatiers in the Americas, as selected by the International Chocolate Salon.

One response to “Notes from the Chocolatier—May”

  1. Hi Nicole,
    I like your insightful reflection post. I haven’t tasted your chocolate but I will soon. Our friends lost their amazing Roscar Chocolate business in the Bastrop fire, and I’m just now exploring to find a new favorite. I’m very loyal 🙂

    I’m a foodie and also a teacher. I was lucky enough to attend the South Beach Food & Wine Festival a few years ago, and I loved it!

    I don’t know if you’re ever in need of help at the shows, but I would love to volunteer! Just going to the Food & Wine Festivals would be a treat. My schedule is flexible and I’m a hard worker. I worked in restaurants for 15 years and did everything from washing dishes to managing. I’m resourceful, nice, funny, and motivated.

    Please keep me in mind,
    Shauna Wells