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Behind the Sweets: Hetty Arts Makes Chocolate Cassava Cake at The Refinery

Pastry chef Hetty Arts at The Refinery might not be on everyone's radar (I certainly hadn't heard of her until recently), but this Dutch dessert whiz has an impressive pedigree, with stints at Eleven Madison Park and Seasons (the former Michelin-starred restaurant at Chicago's Four Seasons Hotel). Check out how she makes The Refinery's chocolate cassava cake. More

We Chat With Marc Schulman, President of Eli's Cheesecake

I was recently invited out to Eli's Cheesecake World in Chicago's Dunning neighborhood by Eli's son, Marc Schulman, who has been president of the company since 1984. After spending some time with him and executive pastry chef Laurel Boger in the factory/store, I walked away truly impressed by the company's history of innovation as well as their dedication to quality ingredients. More

Behind the Sweets: Katherine Duncan Hand Dips Molé Truffles at Katherine Anne Confections

In the world of small artisan food-makers, Katherine is a little unusual. Instead of a passion for one specific item born out of years of professional culinary experience, she has years of experience on the business side of the restaurant industry. Click through the slideshow to gain a little chocolate knowledge or reserve a spot at one of KAC's monthly Truffle Parties where you can create your own uniquely flavored truffle. More

Behind the Sweets: Kymberli DeLost Constructs a Playground of Chocolate at Storefront Company

As part of the Chicago Chocolate Festival taking place at Navy Pier this weekend, Chicago Chocolate Week has gathered restaurants across the city in a celebration of chocolate that started yesterday and runs through Sunday, November 18th. If you're overwhelmed with all of the options, Storefront Company is a great place to kick off your week of chocolate madness. More

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