On a beautiful July day in Provence, France our own Sarah Endline, Mastermind and Chief Rioter, married her French beau, Jean-Luc! We'll share more photos soon, but here's a quick taste of their lavendar-filled wedding day!
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I flew out West to see my singing friends and for some meetings with Marissa, our super West Coast Catalyst, and a few companies. It's always a pleasure to go back to my old stomping ground - I adore wine country and also just love the sights and sounds of San Francisco. (We made a stop at the DeLoach Winery - yum!) Our little rioting friend, Evan, enjoyed it more than most. :)
I had a 940 pm flight to Florida last Friday – flights were super busy due to Easter. I was hoping to fly early so my family wouldn’t have to be in the airport at 1230 am to pick me up.
I called all week and they said there was no way to get on as all flights were sold out.
I went to the airport early anyway.
The ground check in crew guy for the 645 pm flight seemed a bit grumpy. I made sure I was on the standby list, and he told me status, class, etc. didn’t matter. Due to my crazy travel, I had been upgraded on the 940 pm flight to first class but he didn’t care. I went and asked him politely one more time for an update, and he said he wouldn’t know until 5 minutes before.
Finally, I visited again and said I was sorry but my family was waiting and I was hoping for an update. This time I pulled out my secret weapon (a sweetriot tin of course). He was surprised when I gave him a little sweet gift, and then he said, what’s your last name?
A few minutes later, I was called.
First class, baby! I'm not kidding!!! You should try sweetriot gift giving too! It works wonders. :)
Last year sweetriot visited the Sundance Film Festival to spread the joys of cacao. This year, we are excited to launch our short film from our experience there. It was in fact challenging as there was no clear place for an indie cacao company at the festival. Check it out!
This past weekend I went to see my dad and sister in Central Florida. They took me to this cool old FishCamp called Cherry Pockets. You can see where the boats used to pull up to bring in their fish and the bar is still set up in an old-fashioned, outdoor way. I would send you to their website but they don't really have one -- there's a rustic approach through and through.
And yes, I saw a baby alligator! I've been known to approach wild animals but this time I stayed safely behind a barrier. Although this little one couldn't hurt you, I didn't really want to test out any theories on human/alligator interaction. :)
Luckily, it was sunny and 80 degrees all weekend. My lovely rental car company gave me a great upgrade to a convertible, so I zoomed around Central Florida all weekend taking a quick break from the cacao riot in NYC.
I'm not sure how many of you have heard of the NYC subway series, but it is the time of year when the NYC teams (Yankees and Mets fans (or Dodgers back in the day)) shuttle back and forth for baseball play-off's. Since 1903 this match up has occurred 14 times.
Yesterday we were having our own Subway Series between New York University (NYU) and Columbia. There were two excellent events going on and sweetriot cacao was active at both of them. This also meant we were having our own subway series. (Nina was at NYU; Matt was at Columbia, and I shuttled back and forth. To top if off, Heidi was in Boston!)
NYU held a great conference on social entrepreneurship and sweetriot dished out cacao to the attendees. At Columbia the finals of the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) were held and sweetriot was a featured guest at dinner. Yum! We were also semi-finalists in the GSVC competition this year. :) Peter and Jonathan, our friends at the visionary Ethos Water, were the keynote speakers. More on Ethos later....
There is an amazing movement of people who really believe business can change the world -- these conferences brought together some of the most visionary thinkers in this area. It's great to be with them and to know sweetriot is not alone in its beliefs -- careful actions by committed individuals truly do make a difference and will change our world.
I was lucky a few days ago to spend some time with Helen Greiner, the Chairman and Co-founder of iRobot. You may have heard me say that cacao will change the world -- Helen says similar things but she is talking about robots! It's interesting how much I can learn from another entrepreneur even when their business in entirely different. Helen is focused, tenacious, and visionary plus she is fun to be around. Did I mention she loves sweetriot cacao too? :)
iRobot builds amazing products which have consumer and military applications. Helen's products discover landmines in areas of conflict and build cleaner homes with automated vacuums. She began over 15 years ago with a passion to create change with robots and that passion has not wavered. She can be proud of everything she has achieved so far - amazing robots which make a true difference, a real company, a great team, and more! Check out the roomba and scooba if you haven't already. Have you used one?...let us know!
sweetriot was lucky to stop by some fabulous events this week in Chelsea and on South Street near the Seaport. Our first stop was at the brand new Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Chelsea (newly moved from Soho). The curator, Cordy Ryman, set up a beautiful show of emerging artists, including our friend and customer, Gabriel Shuldiner.
Tonight it was on to the opening of a beautiful new wine store, Pasanella and Son Vintners, in the growing hub of downtown culture near South Street Seaport. Tall ceilings, exposed brick, hand painted signage, and lovely wines are just a few of the lucky finds at this new store.
Both are well worth a visit! Above you'll find a picture of Gabriel Shuldiner and his art and Jeffrey Hargrave and his Voodoo art at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery plus a photo of Marco and Becky, the founders of Pasanella and Son Vintners.
sweetriot is having an amazing time at the Sundance Film Festival. I would have written sooner but this place is just a little bit nuts every single day! We are out on the streets spreading cacao everywhere.
I had a chance to see a movie one early morning (movies play here from 830 am - midnight) and watch out for this one! The House of Sand is absolutely beautiful, moving, and courageous filmmaking from Andrucha Waddington of Brazil pictured here.