By Chef Vincent Tropepe There’s nothing chaste about chocolate. Movies, which capture our inner cravings in freeze-framed moments, have always understood this. From the earliest days of “talkies,” chocolate has been cast as the go-to symbol of seduction. Jean Harlow’s performance in the 1933 film Dinner at Eight forever linked chocolate to […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe Every year around this time, the White House Executive Pastry Chef and their brigade unveils a gingerbread sculpture. Sometimes the theme of the sculpture is decided upon the First Lady and other times the Executive Pastry Chef is given full creative control. I thought it would […]

By Chef Vincent Tropepe Chocolate. There are few foods that evoke as much passion as this decadent treat. Folklore from many cultures claimed that consuming chocolate instilled faith, health, strength, and sexual passion. Once an indulgence of royalty, it is now a treasured and accessible – and yes, even healthy […]