Notes from the Chocolatier: Stepping into September

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons as weather becomes calmer and allows for many outdoor activities and festivals that the summer months are just too hot to bear. It is also a time when children fall back into their school routine which can certainly be a blessing. We began our month with a trip to Fredericksburg for the Becker Vineyards Grape Stomp for the Labor Day weekend. This was a chance for my family to spend time together before the hectic holidays begin. We watched the “Lucy and the Italian Woman Costume Contest” and enjoyed wine tasting but overall spent the weekend relaxing and taking advantage of one of the few long weekends we’ll have together for the next few months. We always enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Becker Vineyards and it holds a special place in our hearts. They were our first customer, making us the first chocolatier in Texas to use local wines.

Lucy and the Italian Woman Costume Contest Contestants Becker Vineyards Grape Stomp

With the children back in school and routines falling into place, September is a great time to make a fresh start and reevaluate goals. Often New Years resolutions are forgotten long before the year ends. We still have a few months until December, so we are taking advantage of these upcoming months to get started on any forgotten resolutions.

September we use to focus on prepping the Culinary Center for the holidays and making it a great experience for our customers. Join us for complimentary chocolate tastings on the weekends. This is one of our favorite ways to thank our customers and give advice for their upcoming parties. Cricket chocolate bark for Halloween anyone?

I hope you’ll join us at the Culinary Center this fall for autumn inspired tastings like wine and salted caramel.

What goals can you get back to this month? Let us know in the comments and on twitter.



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.