has a new sweet spot now that Blue Tulip Chocolates is officially opened. The
shop, painted an airy blue and filled with mouth-watering and eye-pleasing
creations, specializes in gourmet chocolate in all its glorious forms, but will
also feature hot chocolate, coffee, cake pops, mini cupcakes and desserts. Blue
Tulip officially opens today and will throw a grand opening celebration on
Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Blue Tulip owner Diane Holland, a Harrison resident, has been making chocolate treats for 20 years and running a chocolate business for the last five years. She is a graduate of the professional Pastry & Baking Arts Program at the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC, Ecole Chocolat’s Master Chocolate Program training at the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy in Belgium and an English honors graduate of Marymount Manhattan College.
Blue Tulip Chocolates are all handmade in special small batches for each customer and Holland uses chocolate from France and Belgium mixed with fresh Vermont cream, French or Irish butter and other quality ingredients.
Holland picked the Rye space at 137 Purchase Street earlier this year because she loves the Rye location and felt the unique space would allow her to host intimate chocolate workshops, birthday parties and classes, she told Patch this spring. She already has experience with running classes as she has been running a chocolate camp for several years out of various locations.
Blue Tulip employs a professional chocolatier team that can design gifts and party favors and can cater desserts for large events like weddings or small private parties.
Diane’s workshops emphasizes her simple philosophy: only use the best ingredients, time tested recipes and beautiful designs.
The store opens today, Sept. 24 and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturdays. The public is invited to the Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 20, starting at 10 a.m.
At the Grand Celebration, Blue Tulip Chocolates will offer free hot chocolate and chocolate samples from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. While watching a chocolate making demonstration, customers can enter an hourly raffle for a chance to win a wide range of exquisite hand made chocolate platters, bars and confections. A grand prize of a chocolate making workshop for 5 valued at $450 will be drawn at the finale of the celebration: a 3 p.m. Blue Ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a wine, cheese and chocolates reception.
Visit www.bluetulipchocolates.com, or follow Blue Tulip Chocolates on Facebook and Twitter for further updates on the Grand Celebration.