I had a chance to go to the East Austin Studio Tour while in Austin. If you enjoy art, East Austin is worth a visit as there is a growing artist's community there. I saw my friend Jessica's artist, Michael Merck, who was a lovely host . You can see his art in this photo.
The sweetriot art vote is live!! Things are heating up in the vote between the beautiful art of Jill and Rita, so please vote today. Decide which art you want to see on your next round of collectible, reusable sweetriot tins. Voting ends December 8, so don't delay!
My friends and advisors, Peter Roy and Steve Demos, recently hosted an amazing conference in Austin called SNAP - Science, Nature, Art, People (aka, The Leadership Gathering). The team of Peter, Steve, Drake, and Doug put together a cutting edge group of leaders spanning topics from magic to global warming and more.
They also recognized some special people in the natural foods industry, my friend, Sara Snow, and Michael Funk, the founder of UNFI, our lead distributor. Congrats to both of them and thanks to the team for an amazing few days!
It's Black Friday in NYC, and we decided to spread some Thanksgiving cheer on Union Square for the 3rd year in a row! Why not give sweetriot cacao on Thanksgiving? This year we had official sampler packets -- in the past, we had to make up our very own sampler bags.
We were lucky it was a sunny day for standing on the street corner. Needless to say, the holiday shoppers were excited to try some cacao! Since we were rioting outside Whole Foods and Pier 1, we could easily tell them where to find it. Thanks to Lauren for organizing and to all for joining us including Karlie, Daniel, Kevin, Andrew, and Vitaly!
There is simply no other chocolate frenzy as stupendous at the NYC Chocolate Show. Imagine over 30,000 chocolate lovers in one place over a 4 day period. It's non-stop, exhausting fun! I'll let the pictures speak for themselves. Thanks to all who visited too -- My mom, Lauren's Mom, Lauren's sister, Casey, Liz, Rob, Arsen, Bonnie, Tedrick, Nick, Danny, Ellen, David, Munbing, Rob, Elizabeth, and more!
sweetriot and I were truly honored to win the Make Mine a Million competition recently in NYC. Make Mine a Million is organized by a wonderful organization called Count Me In, which is committed to women's economic independence.
Can you imagine over 700 women applied for 10 awardee slots for this program -- we were honored to take one spot home to the sweetriot Riot Room! Did I mention (gulp) it involved speaking in front of 700 folks in an auditorium - fun, fun! Nell Merlino, the founder of Count Me In, is a great force for women, and Susan Sobbott, the President of American Express' Open Small Business initiative was also there supporting.
For the 3rd year in a row, sweetriot was thrilled to be a part of this fun event held each year in the village. In fact, this year they put the riot in FRONT - seriously, they had us heading up the parade and passing out cacao!
Make sure you check out the fun photos - we dressed up as hippies in riot mode. You will see Claire, Jack, Lauren, Leonard, Mary, Geneve, Hansen, Edna, Peter, Rob and me. We were excited to have Jack with us making his first appearance in a parade at the ripe old age of seven!
Another part of the fun was the after dinner in the village at a great neighborhood bar, Live Bait, just watching all of the great costumes entering and exiting the bar. We had Shrek and the Princess in the booth nearby!!
We hope you had a great Halloween -- remember you can riot with us next year at the parade!