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The French Pastry School | November 7, 2011

Chef Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F. demonstrates for industry associates for Cap'Fruit, a sponsor of The French Pastry School.

Omaha World-Herald | November 2, 2011

Village Pointe shopping center will have two new retailers in time for the holiday shopping season. The Whistle Stop Country Store, a seasonal tenant through the holidays that offers a variety of gift and holiday décor items, opened Saturday. Chocolatier Blue, a specialty chocolate shop owned by a Nebraska native, will open this month. read more

TimeOut Chicago | October 5, 2011

We asked top Chicago toques to nominate the under-the-radar chefs quietly cooking up a storm in kitchens all over town. (One restriction: Chefs were not allowed to nominate employees of their own restaurants.) You may not know their faces or names (yet), but these 20 up-and-comers are anything but flashes in the pan.

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By Julia Kramer, Heather Shouse and David Tamarkin

(JS Online) | September 22, 2011

FPS Alumn Kurt Fogle mentioned: Sometimes, we want - we need - everything about dinner to be right: the service, definitely; the atmosphere, best when it supports the menu; and, of course, the food.

Above all, the food.

Every year, it's agonizing to decide which restaurants will make the list and which won't; many more restaurants than the 30 here had their share of shining moments when I dined at them.

(Lake Norman News) | September 14, 2011

Three years ago Eric Greenwell was flying on an airplane when his cell phone rang with news he'd lost his job. The victim of a corporate merger, the career newspaperman (a printing production manager) spent months staring into a jobless abyss.

His three-year road to reinvention led the Huntersville native, 50, to the Midwest and back, before he settled in downtown Mooresville in June, opening Black Velvet Patisserie. Read more

Julius Meinl | September 12, 2011

Julius Meinl North America is pleased to announce Rochelle DuBridge as our new Executive Pastry Chef. Upon completing the L’Art de la Patisserie program at the French Pastry School here in Chicago, Rochelle began her professional career as a Pastry Assistant at North Pond. With her “get it done” mentality, she successfully filled in for North Pond’s absent Pastry Chef for her first six months on the job. Her tenacity then led her to acclaimed Pastry Chef Mindy Segal’s team at Hot Chocolate.

Global Traveler | September 7, 2011

Strong ties with local farmers, an exceptional rapport with staff and a distinctive dynamic with guests are the key elements of the dining experience Chef Danny Grant creates at RIA and Balsan in Chicago’s Elysian Hotel.

Grant, who began his career cooking in professional kitchens throughout New York and Arizona, hit his stride in Chicago while working with award-winning chef Bruce Sherman at North Pond.

Tasting Table | August 5, 2011

Amy's Candy Bar opened in late June, its walls stocked with multicolored treats from across the world: licorice from Holland, Finland, Sweden and Australia; chocolates from New York; gumballs from Canada. Read more here…

Beijo de Chocolat | August 3, 2011

CHICAGO, IL (August 2, 2011) – Beijo de Chocolat, a European style chocolate shop in Chicago’s North Park neighborhood, was the only chocolatier in Illinois to place in the International Chocolate Salon’s “Bridal Chocolate Salon” and “Midwest Chocolate Salon” competitions this month winning gold, silver and bronze medals and beating out established shops Ghirardelli, William Dean and Moonstruck. Read the full article here.

NWI Times | July 22, 2011

Alumna, Jennifer Dean, joins Gayety’s Chocolates and Ice Cream. Read about Jennifer and other culinary news in this NWI Times article.