Thank you, Austin!

Owning a business is probably one of the most difficult, and yet most rewarding things I have done in my life (with the exception of motherhood). There are days I can take on the world and others where nothing seems to go right. Yes, I’ve made a lot of mistakes – haven’t we all? And I’ve had successes, both big and small, that I would never have imagined three years ago when I started Delysia Chocolatier.

I was once asked what I enjoy the most about owning Delysia Chocolatier. I didn’t even have to think about the answer – what makes the good and especially the bad days worthwhile is watching customers indulge in our chocolates. I love watching people’s faces and seeing the pure enjoyment. I’ve even been given a hug or two at events from delighted patrons. It’s the customers that make it all worthwhile!

We always look forward to the Austin Chronicle Restaurant Poll every year. I would like to Thank You Austin for voting for Delysia Chocolatier and awarding us the 2012 Best Local Chocolate Runner-Up.

And I would like to extend a congratulations to all of this year’s winners in the

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.