We were excited when the culinary center, COPIA, invited us to participate in their annual 'Death By Chocolate' event this past weekend in Napa Valley. It was even cooler being there in person.
Imagine chocolate everywhere and a setting overlooking the wine vineyards of Napa Valley. Geneve and Rachelle came to riot while Kareem and Charles were chaperoning along the way. Thanks to all for a great event!
It was another crazy Valentine's season at sweetriot. We celebrated by traveling to Whole Foods Chocolate Fests in not just one location but rather in NYC, NJ, DC, and Austin!
You'll see some of our best rioting friends too -- sharing the cacao love this valentine's day. Thanks to Charles, Zeynep, Sachi, Craig, and more for rioting with us and to the great Valentine's team at sweetriot including Liz, Evie, Theo, Nina, Matt, Courtney, Danny, and more!
We love Marc Jacobs. We think his style is riotous. So, we decided to share a little cacao with his partygoers at Fashion Week. Not only did we riot outside of his show in freezing temperatures, but we also stopped backstage to drop a Valentines Day Lovers Pack to Marc personally.
We can just see him eating his yummy cacao right now - a well deserved break after orchestrating a huge show. :) Thanks to Courtney, Cornell, and Theo for rioting along....
Live from Main Street -- it's the 'sweetriot goes to Sundance' film. Here we are screening the film at the indie Alpine Cafe on Main Street. In a twist of fate, the Cafe owners even sold out and had a 'gifting booth' in their cafe for the first 5 days of Sundance. Luckily, by the time sweetriot arrived they were back to normal but due to the LARGE AOL corporate internet lounge down the street their traffic was lower than usual.
Anyway, this takes us back to the theme -- small and indie companies at Sundance? Where do they belong? It's a tough question. Even Alpine Cafe a local company was impacted by the big corporation.
(Here are a few other photos from Park City including The Egyptian Theater and the Mountains!) HUGE thanks to Eric and Brian at Alpine and Linda for hosting.
The rioters just flew out West to attend the delicious Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. We were lucky to have guest rioters including Geneve, Heather, Margaret, Laura, Mary, Leslie, and Oliver and many friends stopping by including Julius from Greyston Bakery. (Save the date for the NYC one in July!)
sweetriot saw many of its old friends at the show from some of the best stores in the country including The Pasta Shop, Zingerman's, Wild Oats, and Whole Foods.
Our friends at Creative Good and GEL celebrated their 10th birthday with a great party at the Exit Art Gallery in Chelsea this past week. sweetriot cacao was there of course too for the party revellers.
Phil Terry and Mark Hurst are a great team committed to creating outstanding customer experiences. You should check out their work and their wonderful conference, GEL. sweetriot will be there again this year speaking about cacao.
It's funny. Sometimes you go somewhere to escape only to be found again. I figured I should take a break from work far, far away in North Africa. I went to Marrakesh, Morocco to meet friends and couldn't resist talking about life, love, and (yes, a bit of sweetriot).
Despite my escape from work, the last day there I decided to give away some sweetriot, and the reaction was stunning. It truly crosses borders.
At the local bar where one person received it, the others came asking. I was traveling with friends from 3 continents (Australia, Africa, and Europe) and they loved the concept too.
My favorite experience was where we were staying. I gave sweetriot to someone who works there as she left for the day. Afterwards, I was in the shower and heard a frantic knocking. In French, she explained how she needed one more tin. After giving it to her, she smiled and kissed me on both cheeks. So cute! I always hoped sweetriot was a global concept, and every day I believe it more and more.
If you want some holiday reading over the holidays, look no further. Alex Steffen's book, World Changing has launched.
Alex and I met a few years ago at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin and spoke about his book at the Green Drinks Holiday Party. He is a known leader in the green movement and is someone to follow for his innovative ideas.
The book is described as "groundbreaking compendium of the most innovative solutions, ideas and inventions emerging today for building a sustainable, livable, prosperous future."
In fact, you can purchase the book so easily right here.
Here are some photos from our 2 sweetriot holiday gatherings this December. You'll see the full-time team (Nina, Matt, and I) with our beautiful new Latin hats, and the rest of the part-time gang (Jon, Liz, Joe) with their new Pez dispensers.
You'll also see a photo of us with my good friend, Gregory, the proud owner of the well-received new restaurant in NYC, Varietal.
sweetriot is so lucky to have great people, and the holidays is a time to tell them again THANK YOU for being so SPECIAL. Happy Holidays to you and your family! Thank you for all of your support.
PS - Did I mention that Matt even stayed out past midnight with Nina and me?
If you ever watched Sex and The City, you have seen the fabulous work of Patricia Field. Patricia is a thought leader in the fashion industry and opened up her home for a great party for new designers to show off their goods during the holidays.
sweetriot was of course there with yummy cacao too! Our super-cool fashion friend, Nicole Romano from the Chocolate Show, was nearby too.
One of the highlights of the party was actually Patricia's siamese kitten running around and her crazy little poodles who perched themselves on the bar for the entire night! As you can see in the photos, a great time was had by all. More scoop can be found here.