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Exciting News!

Good morning! I'm sure that some of you have heard the news in the Upstate Business Journal or The Greenville News or on social media that LaRue Fine Chocolate is finally opening a space! My Momma was a Leap Year Baby so this is the day we would be celebrating her birthday and I thought it appropriate to share the news with you today. Below is my official press release. Thank you to Cheryl Andrews for being amazing at your profession!
LaRue Fine Chocolate to tempt even more
with deliciously wicked new chocolate shop and café in the 
Village of West Greenville 
Named after “momma who was a genuine bad-ass”
Coral Gables, February 20, 2019—You’ve heard or read about how Greenville, SC has become somewhat a new culinary capital of the southern US. One woman, Elizabeth Logan McDaniel has been in the forefront of that development since 2015 with her handcrafted, small-batch artisan LaRue Fine Chocolate. 
A strong woman with strong passions and strong tastes, she has traveled to many fascinating countries taking in the culture and cuisine that each had to offer. Her curious nature and love of food and beverage led her to culinary classes and vineyard tours in Thailand, Chile, France, Spain, Italy, and more. McDaniel worked for over 10 years as a fine wine representative for a large distributor in SC. During this time, she achieved the status of Certified Specialist of Wine. This career path allowed her to meet the local chefs and restauranteurs who had begun driving Greenville’s reputation for foodies. “My years in the wine industry gave me an understanding of flavor profiles and the importance of achieving balance on the palette,” McDaniel reflects. With encouragement from the local chefs and restauranteurs, to whom she began giving chocolates as Christmas gifts, who assured her she could make chocolate more than a hobby, in 2014, she quit her job and hopped on a plane to Vancouver to take a Master Chocolatier course. She received a Professional Chocolatier certificate with honors as well as achieved the rank of Maitre Chocolatier from Ecole Chocolat, and has studied under the notable Melissa Coppel, and, in 2015, in her studio with her niece as her only assistant, LaRue Fine Chocolate was born. The company is named after her mother, Dora LaRue Smith Logan, who served in the US Army, married a Marine, and survived with grace raising four sons and one daughter, Elizabeth, to whom she gave birth at almost age 40.
Since then, LaRue Fine Chocolate has built a strong base of loyal followers, eager to taste the next innovation that emerges from McDaniel’s creative mind. The Dora LaRue, a peanut butter, graham cracker crunch enrobed in milk chocolate. The GrandMa, milk chocolate, Grand Marnier enrobed in milk chocolate with candied orange zest. The Lavender Love, lavender and honey dark chocolate enrobed in dark chocolate. Lala Latte, a coffee-infused dark chocolate enrobed in milk chocolate with cocoa nibs and coffee salt. These are just a few of her offerings, some seasonal, some available year ‘round. 
Next for McDaniel and LaRue Fine Chocolate is her café, planned to open in the historic Poe West building offering office, restaurant, retail and educational space in the Village of West Greenville. The café will be open for guests to grab a “chef’s choice” box of chocolates to go, create their own collection or sit and linger a while over a glass of something new and interesting, a decadent dessert or cheese plate. There will be a wine, bubbles, beer and cocktail list offering in addition to coffee and tea drinks, hot chocolates (of course) with house made marshmallows and creative non-alcoholic cocktails. “I’m looking forward to hosting ‘roll your own’ chocolate making events, chocolate classes and truffle and beverage pairing events,’ in time for the holidays.,” McDaniel promises. She is planning for a late fall/early winter opening. Opening hours will be Wednesdays and Thursdays 1pm-9pm and Fridays and Saturdays 1pm-10pm, 556 Perry Avenue, Greenville, SC 29611.
For more information or to order chocolates: www.laruefinechocolate.com or 864-616-1991
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Media contact:
Cheryl Andrews
Cheryl Andrews Marketing Communications
www.cam-pr.com
305-444-4033

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Is it Spring yet?

Another Valentine’s Day is in the books and thank you all so much for your support! It was great.

The Anchorage in Greenville is offering a Farm Share this year. The first one runs March 13-May 15th. You can get a weekly add on of LaRue Fine Chocolate for $110.00 (that is $1-2 less than retail)! How nice would it be to pick up a bag of locally grown veggies and a 6 piece box of chocolates every week? Life is all about balance!!

check out the link for more information:

https://www.horseshoefarmsc.com/farmshare/csa-add-on-chocolate-from-la-rue-fine-chocolates

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Valentine's Day!!

Lot’s of great events coming up to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

First up is a tea and chocolate pairing in Anderson, SC at Carolina Parakeet on Thursday January 31st at 6:30 pm. Call 864-261-0704 to reserve your spot today.

The first Fire Forge event in December was quite a success so Nicole and I have decided to do it again! Wednesday February 6th at Fire Forge Brewery in Greenville, SC. Click the link to reserve your spot today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/craft-chocolate-beer-pairing-tickets-54644096965

On Sunday February 10th, it is yoga + wine + chocolates with Kimmie from The Community Tap. More details to come soon or look for it on Instagram or Facebook.

Appalachian Ale House in Pickens SC will be hosting me for a Valentine’s week event on Monday February 11th! #takemetoPickensbuymesomechocolate

On VDAY I’ll be at Quest Brewery. Don and I will be doing a guided tasting starting at 5:30. Flights will be available all night, but I will only be there until 6:00.

I will have chocolates for sale at all the events. If you wish to pre-order boxes for pick up please email me!!

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The holidays are here!

Hi all! Fun upcoming events….

this Wednesday, the 28th, Fireforge and LaRue join forces for a beer and chocolate tasting.

Monday December 3rd, beer, wine and chocolate tasting at Appalachian Ale House in Pickens.

Saturday December 1st we will be at The Swamp Rabbit Holiday Flea.

Tuesday December 11th, tasting at The Community Tap!

Our chocolates will also be at The Holiday Pop Up in the Village of West Greenville and The Show and Tell Holiday Pop Up in Asheville.

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Spring has Sprung!

Spring is in the air, Farmer's Markets start up this weekend all around us, and Mother's Day and Graduations are just around the corner. LaRue Fine Chocolate has been fortunate enough to be invited back again this year for the TD Saturday Market on Main Street in Downtown Greenville SC. We will be there May 5th through June 23rd and then back again September 8th-October 27th. I'll  pretty much be there all the Saturdays so come out and say Hi!  We are also participating in the Hartness Friday Market on May 18th, June 15th, September 21st, and October 19th. We will be in The Village of West Greenville on Friday June 1st. Our delicious chocolates will be at The Show an Tell Pop Up Shop May 10th-20th in Asheville and Southern Hills Lavender Farm May 18th-mid June. So many fun opportunities!   

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Upcoming Events

My apologies for being a slacker about posting on my website. If you ever want to know what I am up to please follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook at LaRue Fine Chocolate. I normally post once a week or more on those formats.

I will be in the parking lot of The Community Tap at 217 Wade Hampton Blvd. on Saturday November 18th starting at 2:00. I'll have peppermint bark, turtles, and other goodies for sale.

On Sunday November 26th I will be inside M Judson bookstore at 130 South Main Street. I'll have some boxes for sale and maybe even chocolate santas and snowmen.

Beginning Thursday November 30th those awesome ladies with Makers Collective will be bringing back  The Indie Craft Parade Holiday Pop Up Shop http://www.makerscollective.org/holiday/

On Monday December 4th I'll be at The Appalachian Ale House in Pickens for our annual holiday tasting. You must get your tickets in advance.

On Thursday December 7th Augusta Twenty will be hosting me for a little holiday pop up! 

there's more to come!!!!!

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Valentine's Day is almost here....are you ready???

We have so many fun events coming up soon. I hope you can join us for one (or more).

I'll be hanging out with Jamarcus Gaston on Studio 62 next week to show off some of my pretty Valentine's Day chocolates and talk about some of the events I have coming up.

Quest Brewery--I always love it when I get to hang out with Don and Lee and drink beer and eat chocolates. Won't you join us? Thursday February 9th at 7pm. Email lee@questbrewing.com to reserve your spot.

The Community Tap- 4 chocolates and 4 thoughtfully paired beverages on Saturday February 11th at 4pm.......gives you and your honey time to go out for dinner afterwards. Call 631-2525 to reserve your spot.

The Appalachian Ale House- 4 chocolates, 1 wine, 1 sparkling, and 2 beers on Vday eve. Join us at 6pm Monday February 13th. Email appalachianalehouse@gmial.com to reserve your spot.

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upcoming events

The TD Saturday Market is over until May 2017.....but don't be sad, we have soooo many fun upcoming events!

Friday November 11th-KrisKindl Mart. Friday evening is for Cliffs residents only. 

Saturday November 12th-KrisKindl Mart open to the public. It is a holiday mart benefiting Family Promise of Pickens County held at Keowee Vineyards Lakehouse.

Saturday November 12th- M Judson Edible UPcountry market from 11-3.

Sunday November 13th- Appalachian Ale House, Pickens 2-6. We are teaming up with Michael Mopps Pottery again this year. A fun afternoon of shopping for pottery AND chocolate in Pickens very own craft beer bar.

Saturday December 10th- Traveler's Rest Holiday Market 12-4

Saturday December 10th- Edible Upcountry holiday market at M Judson bookstore 11-3

Wednesday December 14th- Holiday tasting and beer pairing at The Community Tap.....call for tickets

Saturday December 17th- Swamp Rabbit Cafe Holiday Market- 11-3

Monday December 19th- Appalachian Ale House holiday tasting and beer pairing....call for tickets 

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Campfire Social October 27, 2016

So excited to participate in this charity event for Project Host tomorrow evening at Greenbrier Farm. I am humbled to be among some really amazing chefs, doing what we do, to raise money for a great cause. 

I hope you are among the lucky that were able to purchase tickets. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow night.

Chocolates that I am preparing: PB and Pig Candy, Goat Cheese and Walnuts, and the always popular Sweet Kentucky.

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Valentine's Week Events!

We are so excited about our upcoming events! As many of you know, Valentine's Week 2015 was our true kickoff as a company. To celebrate we will be having the following tasting events:

Quest Brewing Thursday February 11th

Appalachian Ale House Saturday February 13th

The Community Tap Sunday afternoon February 14th

We hope you can come out and celebrate with us.....see you soon!

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Greenbrier Farms April 18th

Please come out this Saturday April 18th to Greenbrier Farms at 766 Hester Store Rd starting at 9:00 a.m. In addition to great starts for your garden, LaRue Fine Chocolate will be there selling mixed boxes of chocolates. We hope to see you there!

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The Community Tap Thursday February 12th

Please join us on Thursday February 12th at The Community Tap from 5:30-7:30. We will be tasting 6 truffles paired with wine, beer, and bubbles! 

It has been a pleasure getting to work with Mike and Ed over the years....first as their wine and beer rep, and now with LaRue Fine Chocolate. I love those boys. Not only are they truly good people, they have amazing taste in beer and wine, so I feel quite honored for their support in my new endeavor. 

Come on out and join us if you can....it should be a really fun evening!

http://www.thecommunitytap.com/taptalk#2157

 

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