Chocolate Fountains

  • 27 Nov

    Holiday Dessert Buffets | Houston Dessert Buffets

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    The holidays are right around the corner and with that comes all of the crazy busy schedules to get everything bought, wrapped and prepared.  This year, Chocolate Encore is offering several options to help take some of the stress off of your holiday food planning.  We are always offering our delicious Belgian Chocolate Fountains and crafted candy and s’mores buffets, but did you know we do decorated dessert buffets complete with holiday favorites like fall flavored cheesecakes, gingerbread men, crème de mint brownies and custom cupcakes and mini pies?  Call us today, we are booking out fast and would love to help make your party super sweet!  Pictures of desserts can be found on www.facebook.com/chocolateencore.

    By ChocolateEncore Chocolate Fountains
  • 04 Sep

    Choosing Your Houston Chocolate Fountain Provider

     

    It has been brought to my attention during consultations that many people do not know what to ask or look for when they begin the search for that extra special “sweet” service for an event like a chocolate fountain, candy buffets, cupcakes etc.  Experience in this industry has taught me that many companies are out to look like they are running a “special” or “exclusive” package price when in fact they are misleading in not only what they provide but more in what you will actually need come your wedding or event day ie: overpromising and under-deliverying.   For example, if you check out the company website and it is an ongoing discount, most likely it is not a special. A true special is not something you run all the time.  So with that said, I wanted to inform you the consumer about things you should be asking and thinking about when choosing your “sweet” service.

    1.  Does the price look to good to be true?  Take the time to read the small print and do the math.  For example, if the dipping items are not priced seperately, make sure the venue allows outside food to be brought in.  Ask how many pieces per person it serves.  Offering 6-10 items might sound like a super idea, but not if that means that each person only gets three items.  The food will be gone within an hour of your event and your guests will be wondering why their isn’t enough.  Many hotels and some venues do not allow outside food to be brought in, so call and check that out before you sign your contract.

    2.  What kind of chocolate is the company actually using?  You get what you pay for.  If the price of the fountain looks too good to be true, they are not running a true, premium chocolate.  Most Chocolate Fountain companies use a canned product that is less expensive both in cost and in labor hoping you the consumer will not know good chocolate.  It is also called bulk and courture.  It is a must to do a tasting to see and taste the chocolate before the night of the event.  One hint:  If the claim is semi-sweet and the chocolate is really dark, that is probably NOT the chocolate you want at your event….just sayen.

    3.  What will the presentation look like?  At Chocolate Encore everything is customized to your event.  You are not last weekends client and so your presentation will not reflect that party, but your own theme with coordinating fabrics, elevations and glassware.  Make sure to check out a companys’ photo gallery to see what they offer.  Make sure you are not looking a stock photography but actual representation of their work.

    These are just a few ideas of what to watch for and ask when selecting your sweet provider.  If you have any other questions or concerns, we would be happy to help you design and assist you with your upcoming event.  Don’t forget to check out our other sweet services.  Have a sweet idea you need executed? We are happy to help make that vision a reality. Check out some of our past event on www.facebook.com/chocolateencore – Have a really sweet day!

     

     

  • 06 Jul

    Chocolate Fountains Are Here To Stay!

    This year marks our 5th anniversary!  Starting with just one chocolate fountain we have grown our business to the event catering business it is today.  Staying up with the trends and focusing on customer service and needs has truly been an exciting venture.  This month we have transitioned our showroom to a commercial kitchen in the Cypress area and we are excited to see what the future holds.  Many thanks to Elaine Potter with The Bavarian Cakery (www.BavarianCakery.com)  for her many years of support and partnership with our catering ventures!  She truly is a blessing from above.

    Long ago I realized that to stay in this business you have to know your competition but more importantly, you have to make your business unique to you and each client and create the very best product and presentation each and every time.  We are committed to use true Belgian chocolate, not imitation, bulk chocolate or products out of a can.  Our chocolate is Kosher and we also have Kosher Parve available (not Belgian).  Depending on your personal taste, the chocolate can be enhanced with color or flavors like amaretto, hazelnut and other favorites.  White chocolate can be hand died to match your event colors too!  As every client is different, so is each set-up.

    Other fun ideas for the fountains include:

    Ranch dressing with fresh vegetables for dipping like snap peas, cherry tomatoes and broccoli and cheese stick to name a few!

    Queso Bar with crisp corn chips, guacamole, fresh pico de gallo and ground meat for nacho’s

    Maple syrup with French toast sticks, mini sausages, dollar pancakes and cubes pineapple

    BBQ sauce with skewerd chicken and beef, fries and everything else fabulous drenched in our sweet and savory warmed sauce!

    One thing is for sure…if you can dream it…we can probably do it!  Fountains are here to stay!

    By ChocolateEncore Chocolate Fountains