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A Sweet Wedding Story

Jordan and Leslie got married on a beautiful Sunday in October 2016.  Early in the day, Leslie had a pain in his stomach that he chalked up to pre-ceremony nerves.  After the ceremony was over, the pain was only getting stronger and by the time the couple was done taking portraits during cocktail hour, the groom could hardly stand. While their guests enjoyed their reception dinner, Jordan helped Leslie into their car and drove him to the Emergency Room.  Thankfully, the doctors informed the newlyweds that Leslie had kidney stones –painful, but not life threatening. They did not make it back to their wedding reception, but their guests danced and had a great time in their honor.
A few weeks later, Leslie reached back out with the hopes of throwing a surprise reception for Jordan. He was so appreciative and grateful that his bride stood by his side, even when it meant missing the day they had looked forward to for so long, and he wanted to give her a chance to enjoy all the work she put in.  
Under the guise of returning to the venue to take sunset pictures in their wedding attire, he had her bouquet and their cake re-made and invited their closest friends and family back to celebrate with them. After they finished taking pictures on the lawn, he led Jordan back inside where all of their guests were waiting! She was so surprised! They got to share their first dance, cut their cake, and get the send-off they had been dreaming of.  
Silver Swan Bayside Venue & Caterer412 Congressional Drive, Stevensville443-249-0400www.silverswanbayside.com

DIY Eastern Shore Style Give Your Guests the Expected… In Unexpected Ways

It’s time to come up with your signature spin on the Eastern Shore’s delicious food. As you decide what culinary delight to focus on, it’s not long before your mouth is watering for crabs, oysters, Smith Island cakes and the herbs and spices of Old Bay seasoning.
Why not serve a late night snack bar featuring Old Bay in unexpected ways? When the dancing kicks into high gear, roll out an Old Bay snack bar and fantastic local craft beer. The two are a match made in heaven… just like you and your new groom.
Try seasoning the following with Old Bay:PopcornDeviled EggsCereal Snack MixFrench FriesRoasted Peanuts & PretzelsChicken WingsFried Pickles
Serve the snacks in rustic tin containers or unique glass bowls and on platters to match. Be sure to label each treat for guests and grab a variety of disposable containers for guests to fill with their favorite treats. Save the serving containers and convert them into serving dishes for parties you host as a married couple… making a life-long memory of your special day.
For an easy and fun ay to decorate your snack stand, buy a container of Old Bay for each guest and attach a label with your names, wedding date and sentiment.

The Perfect Pairing for Your Old Bay Snack BarBull and Goat Brewery204 Banjo Lane, Suite ECentreville MD, 21617www.bullandgoatbrewery.com
Bull and Goat Breweries is a cool, local hangout spot perfect for beer enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike. Located near the heart of Centerville, Bull and Goat brews a variety of unique beers. From the spicy, hoppy “Baba Yaga,” to fruity and lighter “Frank Amber Ale”, Bull and Goat Breweries has something for every beer drinker.      If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic, alternative, they even offer an in-house brewed root beer! The beers rotate month-to-month, leading to a wide degree of variety depending on when you happen to stop by. Bull and Goat Brewery is stocked with comfy couches, board games, and even a dart board, allowing you to have some fun with friends while you kick back and enjoy local brews. Plus, they are animal friendly!      Bull and Goat Breweries also supplies their beers to local restaurants and eateries, including Doc’s in Centerville. If you’re looking to try some cool craft beers and have some fun with friends, Bull and Goat Brewery is one of the best places in Centerville to do it! They are open from 3 PM to 9 PM Wednesday through Friday and from 2 PM to 9 PM on Saturdays. Come check out this local hot spot!

You answered the big question… now let our experts answer the rest.

Your wedding day might just be the biggest moment in your life. Brides often find themselves at the center of attention on their big day with hundreds of pictures being taken and all their friends and family there to see them. Because of this, it is important to look your best on your this special day and to feel confident in your own skin. Many women get a little help to look their best through aesthetics. To get answers for curious brides-to-be, we talked to the girls from Bella Rose Medispa to get your questions answered on how brides can benefit from their services to look their absolute best on their big day. 
What kinds of beauty services would you recommend for future brides?Because each bride is different, each of their needs is different.  Lasting memories are captured in their wedding photos and everyone wants their skin and face to be glowing. We evaluate each bride to see what their needs are starting from  establishing a skin care program,  injectable aesthetics, Latisse for long lashes,  coupled with body contouring, IPL, microneedling and/or  hair removal.  We have many options for brides to bring on that glow on their big day. Helping future brides get ready for the big day is very important to us and we value being a part of the most important day of their lives.  
What is your fondest memory of your own wedding day?Special memories from my wedding day include celebrating with each and every guest there to support us.  The biggest moments for me as a bride were stepping into the doorway in my gown, having my father walk me down the isle and raising my veil , and our vows.  
What kind of advice can you offer brides?My most important piece of advice is to not sweat the small stuff.  Sometimes things don’t go as planned…. Don’t let that ruin your special day. When it comes to aesthetics and getting ready, the sooner you begin the more prepared you will be for everything from engagement pictures to the big day. Bella Rose customizes a plan specifically for you to make sure you look and feel your best. 
Why should brides come to Bella Rose?Brides should come to Bella Rose because we truly care about them and their big day.  We want to make sure they look their best and they feel their best! Developing relationships with our clients, and celebrating in their journey is what it is all about.  Stop by and let us help you be the best you!
If you are interesting in learning more about  Bella Rose, visitbellarose1medispa.com or call (443) 249-3232

Is a “Jack and Jill” Shower Right for You?

Today’s bridal shower, rather than the traditional all-girls bridal shower or the men-only bachelor party, now centers around couples combining the their interests into one event and calling them “Jack and Jill” showers. After all, men have become more involved with planning weddings, and the mixed shower lends itself nicely to couples who share the same friends or brides who have lots of male friends.       The traditional bridal shower was hosted by a relative and for the bride’s female family and friends. Games and food took a more feminine approach where special pastries or cakes were served and the bride “sat” in the seat of honor and opened gifts. Today, that bridal shower often is replaced with invitations to both male and female family and friends and usually hosted by a friend. The venue and food have changed to include barbeques, picnics, house parties and restaurant reservations with food and drinks that appeal to everyone.      The venue can help set the tone for the shower. Many are held in someone’s home; however, there are many more options. For a more upscale party, consider reservations for brunch at a nice restaurant or a wine and cheese party. If looking for something more low-key, how about a sports bar or grill. Venues for the combined showers may even take place as weekend excursions. How about a weekend winery tour, particularly appealing if there are multiple wineries in your area. When planning for the co-ed shower, consider the likes, lifestyle, personality and incomes of the couple as well as their family and friends to make for a truly enjoyable event.       The Jack and Jill showers are casual events meant to be both fun and creative. If there is a theme to the wedding or the honeymoon destination is known (beach wedding, a honeymoon in sunny Italy or Caribbean holiday, a cruise to Hawaii), consider using that same theme for the shower. Here are just a few ideas to consider:•Yard and garden party – If the couple has a house, how about lawn, garden, outdoor tools, lawn-mowing service and outdoor entertainment items.•Fitness Theme – Great for the couple who is health conscious or maybe who met during a 5K or other sports event… home gym equipment or a gift certificate for a local gym. •Potluck Theme – Everyone brings a dish to share and also a copy of their favorite recipe along with a kitchen item needed to create the dish.•Karaoke Theme – Guests participate in karaoke and gifts can focus on entertainment-related needs for a home.•Wine Theme – Suggest wines the couple enjoys for guests who also can bring wine-related gifts such as wine glasses and wine books. Consider hiring a sommelier to teach the guests about wine.     The types of gifts also vary for the Jack and Jill showers. Gifts can be meant for the happy couple, gifts that might appeal to both, or as gifts for either the bride-to-be or the groom. The variations on the Jack and Jill shower offer many more options and ways of focusing on the happy couple rather than on each as an individual.       Recently, the Jack and Jill party also has been used as an event to raise money for the couple’s wedding expenses. Traditionally, the bride’s parents paid for the wedding. With couples getting married at a later age, today many couples pay for their own weddings. All proceeds from the event go towards the wedding or honeymoon budget. These fundraisers are intended to raise money for the couple, but also to provide an evening of fun for attendees. For example… a casino night with different card games or a packaged outing to a concert or game.      The idea is to keep the shower light-hearted and fun. You want people to get to know each other, renew friendships, and anticipate the upcoming wedding. Through all of this, the bride-to-be, the groom and the host/hostess should keep in mind that attending a wedding can be quite expensive for guests who often have to pay travel and lodging expenses, purchase a wedding gift, and other expenses to attend the wedding.     For more ideas about Jack and Jill showers, be sure to attend The Eastern Shore Bridal Show on April 7 from 1 to 4pm at the Waterfront Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville. We will have a bridal suite at the show with lots of ideas for you to consider.   

Traveling Cashless

Why world travelers are going cashless

(BPT) – What’s your dream vacation?

Whether you live to travel or only manage to get away for a couple of long weekends every year, you probably have a bucket list of places to go and sites to see.

Sometimes it feels like there might be too many options. For some people, it’s adventure travel in Basque Country, exploring the caves of Urkiola, paddle boarding around the Urdaibai Estuary and indulging in world-renowned cuisine; for others, it’s a relaxing vacation in Thailand, including a meditation course, spa day and island hopping through the Phi Phi Islands. Either trip would rejuvenate travelers, yet they are quite different from one another. But no matter where you go in the world, there’s one thing that’s the same: People are going cash-free.

Going cash-free saves money. Part of traveling to a foreign country is exchanging money. With new coins and bills in your pocket, you can spend freely, buy souvenirs, meals, whatever you like. Research shows that 87 percent of travelers have leftover cash after their trips, so most of us have experienced the mad dash to spend your foreign cash before you board your flight home. But that doesn’t always happen.

Only 29 percent of travelers convert their foreign cash back to U.S. dollars. On average, this leaves $123 on the table. That’s a costly souvenir. Not to mention that getting foreign currency before your trip is just one more thing to do in the pre-planning process. And while 72 percent of respondents in the study said they get cash, many of them also admitted that, with the ease of traveling without cash, it was a waste of time. Skip the cash to save time and money by using your Visa credit card internationally. Plus, you can use your Visa card to pay in local currency, you are ensuring you get a competitive exchange rate and aren’t stuck with hidden currency conversion fees.

Peace of mind. Even if you’re diligent and always exchange your cash at the end of every trip, one of the biggest perks to traveling without cash is security. Virtually every traveler worries about leaving their money in the hotel room or losing it in some way or another. There’s no easy way around it: Traveling with cash is stressful, and can impact an otherwise great trip.

Why go through the hassle? Accepted nearly everywhere in the world, travelers can use Visa to make purchases with confidence anytime, virtually anywhere in the world. Unlike cash, your Visa card can be replaced if lost or stolen to provide greater freedom for people to enjoy their travel experiences.

Explore the world differently. For travel enthusiasts looking to explore the world cash-free, The Visa Cashless Challenge: International Travel Edition Search will send one lucky winner on a cash-free adventure across the globe. Visa has partnered with Arden Cho (@arden_cho) and brothers Alex and Marko Ayling (@TheVagaBrothers) to create two unique trips that will show the winner what it’s like to travel the world cash free.

The winner of the challenge will choose between a relaxing trip to Thailand or an adventurous journey through Spain’s Basque Country. The winner will have the opportunity to decide between destinations, but once they do, will experience firsthand the ease of traveling cashless in the 21st century, and receive pro-tips on how best to document their journey along the way.

For more information visit: www.visa.com/cashlesstravel

Combining Households

Marrying households: 7 savvy moving tips for newlyweds

(BPT) – If you’re planning a wedding or you’ve just tied the knot, congratulations! Getting ready to start the next chapter of your life with the one you love can be an exciting time, filled with anticipation about your future together.

That said, combining two households can take considerable planning and preparation, especially if both parties own troves of treasured possessions. As you are getting ready to make the transition into a single house or apartment, consider how the following suggestions may make your move easier.

* Pare down possessions. After unwrapping your wedding gifts, take an objective look at your collective furniture, household goods, clothing and other items. Where do you see duplicates? Whose décor are you more likely to use? Are those old clothes you’ve had since high school really worth keeping? Now is the time to be generous in donating unneeded items to a local charity (or selling them on Craigslist).

* Nix the shopping blitz. Although those wedding checks and gift cards are burning a hole in your pocket, postpone your purchases until after you move so you don’t end up needlessly hauling them to your next locale.

* DIY on the moving. Rather than shelling out a small fortune hiring a moving company, simply rent a truck that you can drive without a commercial license. As a rule of thumb, seek 150 cubic feet of space for the furnishings of each room in your present house; that means a 12- or 16-foot Penske rental truck should accommodate the contents of a small apartment or condo. Remember to reserve your truck at least two weeks ahead, and ask for the discounts provided to AAA members and military personnel.

* Invest in packing supplies. This is not the time to skimp by using flimsy containers, newspapers and cheap tape to pack up your treasured belongings. Save yourself time and frustration later by picking up sturdy boxes, labels, tape and bubble wrap from your truck rental store so you can ensure everything arrives at its destination safe, unbroken and easy to unpack.

* Party on. Inviting friends and family to help you with your move can be a win-win for all; many hands make light work when it comes to loading and unloading your truck, and you can offer incentives by springing for pizza and beverages at your new home afterward.

* Learn how to load. Apply logistical strategy to filling up your moving truck, perhaps by following the guidelines offered by Penske’s Truck Wizard. In general, heavier items should go in the back of the truck, with lighter items in front and on top.

* Practice makes perfect. Driving a moving truck isn’t difficult, but it’s definitely different from driving a car or pick-up. Take time to familiarize yourself with those differences; for example, you must use your mirrors to navigate turns, you should avoid sudden stops or lane changes and give yourself extra time.

Need more information about the advantages of renting your own moving truck? Check out PenskeTruckRental.com for details.

Tips for Changing Addresses

Changing addresses? 10 tips for busy baby boomers

(BPT) – For many Americans, moving households represents a fresh start and a chance to improve quality of life. Last year, some 39.4 million Americans changed residences, thanks in part to better affordability in the housing market.

That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone’s moving process was friction-free. The logistical coordination and the physical work involved with DIY packing and loading can be a major chore in the best of circumstances. And that’s doubly true for baby boomers who are downsizing or moving to new communities, yet challenged by the physically grueling aspects of a DIY move.

Fortunately, forming a plan that troubleshoots the most common challenges can help enormously. Consider how these tips could keep your next move smooth and free of unnecessary stress.

1. Protect your treasures: Avoid the heartbreak of damaged belongings by stocking up on bubble wrap and other efficient packing materials. You also could optimize household items such as towels, blankets and coats.

2. Stagger your packing: Pack too early and you may need items you’ve stashed away; pack too late and you may be crunched for time. Start with non-essentials and out-of-season belongings a few weeks before moving day, sorting discards as you go. Save necessities for the last 48 hours.

3. Label, label, label: This may seem unnecessary while you’re packing, but will save you time and frustration upon arrival when you’re desperately looking for your essentials. It also allows you to immediately sort boxes by room and store items that are infrequently needed.

4. Secure transportation early: Instead of procrastinating and missing out on the truck you need, hop on your smartphone at least two weeks ahead to easily reserve a vehicle at PenskeTruckRental.com.

5. Right-size your truck: Rather than guessing what size moving vehicle you’ll need, plan on about 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully furnished room in your home. That means a move from an apartment might necessitate a 12-foot truck offering 450 cubic feet, while a move from a house might require a 26-foot truck offering 1,400 feet.

6. Recruit help: The packing and transporting may sound easy until you try to do it all yourself. This is the time to call in favors or perhaps pay some teens to help with the lifting and hauling.

7. Pack your truck strategically: Optimize your space by positioning your furniture and other large, heavy items in the back of your vehicle before proceeding with lighter items. That optimizes the vehicle’s power and allows you to fit smaller items into smaller spaces.

8. Follow ergonomics: The last thing you need is to injure your back through haphazard movement during the loading process. Stretch beforehand, avoid twisting your torso as you load and remember to lift with your legs by crouching rather than bending from the waist.

9. Strategize your route: Map out the way ahead of time, review weather forecasts, avoid rush hour and leave yourself plenty of time for breaks, refueling and unloading.

10. Drive like a pro: Many people are unfamiliar with the difference between driving a car and a big truck. Read all instructions provided and understand how to drive differently to remain safe (and legal).

Regardless of your age, a DIY moving process can be efficient and pain-free when you organize the details ahead of time. Talk to Penske Truck Rental for more suggestions on making that happen.

Learn About Pinot Grigio

5 things you didn’t know about Pinot Grigio

(BPT) – A warm summer evening, a cold glass of Pinot Grigio and a light dinner al fresco. Sounds like heaven. This is the season for Pinot Grigio, one of America’s favorite white wines. It pairs perfectly with the lighter dishes of spring and summer – flaky fish, angel hair pasta with lemon and basil, steamed clams – and its crisp, bright, refreshing flavor makes it easy to sip.

You’ve heard of Pinot Grigio before, but how much do you really know about it? Here are five things that might surprise you.

Pinot Grigio is not made from white wine grapes. You read that right. Depending on the region where the grapes come from, the color can range from blueish gray to dark red. Normally, white wines are made from green grapes, extracting the juice and discarding the skin. For red wines, the grapes are fermented with the skin on, which lends its color to the wine. Pinot Grigio is the exception to this rule.

You should drink it while it’s young. It can go straight from the winery to your table and is best enjoyed in its youth.

Pinot Grigio vs. Pinot Gris. It’s all about location. Pinot Gris is from France, while Pinot Grigio is from Italy. Same wine variety, different names based on where it is produced. In the U.S., you’ll see both names used interchangeably.

The flavor varies widely depending on where the grapes are grown. All Pinot Grigios are not created equal. There are three main flavor profiles: mineral and dry, fruit forward and dry, and fruity and sweet.

* Mineral and dry: Pinot Grigios from cool climates like northern Italy, Austria, and Hungary are often produced in stainless steel tanks with no oak aging. America’s fastest-growing Pinot Grigio of this type comes from Friuli Colli Orientali in Northeastern Italy. Terlato Vineyards Friuli Pinot Grigio is nurtured and produced by the award-winning winemakers Pierpaolo Sirch and Marco Simonit, who literally wrote the book on how pruning techniques lead to richer, more flavorful wines. It’s no wonder Friuli Pinot Grigio is the top luxury Pinot Grigio in the U.S. (And don’t let that “luxury” term fool you. You can find it for under $25.)

* Fruit forward and dry: Pinot Grigios coming from warmer climates like Sicily, Abruzzo, Tuscany, Australia, Chile or California offer a style more complex and rich.

* Fruity and sweet: The style of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace, France, is the result of an interesting, ancient tradition. For centuries, winemakers in that region were trying to reproduce a Hungarian sweet white wine called Tokaji, which kings in Transylvania and the Ottoman Empire drank. In fact, “Tokay d’Alsace” was still on the labels of wine produced in that region until 2007.

It’s great for cooking. Because of its lightness, Pinot Grigio is the perfect choice for cooking. Whether you’re splashing it into pasta carbonara, a sauce for grilled halibut or sautéed clams, Pinot Grigio adds a richness to your dishes without overpowering them the way an oaky Chardonnay could.

For more information about Pinot Grigio or to find more Terlato family recipes that pair well with wine, visit https://www.terlatovineyards.com.

Sautéed Clams – Pair this light, tasty dish with Terlato Friuli Pinot Grigio for the perfect summer meal.

24 Little Neck or Manila clams, cleaned
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 ounces water
2 ounces Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio
3 tablespoons parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper
Bread, crispy

Heat olive oil in a stock pot. Add red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, and then add garlic. Lightly brown garlic, add clams, stir and keep covered for 2 minutes. Add water, Pinot Grigio and chopped parsley flakes and stir. Cover for one minute. Serve with crispy bread for dipping.

 

 

 

5 Ways Travel Is Changing

5 ways travel is changing

(BPT) – As international travel gains popularity each year, new destinations are added to bucket lists and new travel gadgets and accessories appear on the market. The way we travel has changed in the past few decades, but that age-old itch to explore and discover new places and experiences remains the same. So how and why are people traveling now? The results of Visa’s recently released Global Travel Intentions (GTI) Survey reveal some interesting travel trends – and tips.

Simplifying payments abroad – For as long as anyone can remember, a standard part of traveling to a foreign country involved exchanging currency. Carrying cash involves time, planning, anxiety about losing money and often, wondering what to do with leftover cash once you return home. In fact, loss or theft of cash is the number one money concern for travelers while on trips. And 72 percent of people say working to get their hands on foreign currency prior to departure is a waste of time. With more than 46 million merchants accepting Visa around the world, a Visa card is the most important travel accessory you can carry.

TIP: Use your Visa card and pay in local currency for a competitive exchange rate. A whopping 87 percent of travelers have leftover cash after a trip. However, only 29 percent convert it back to currency that can be used at home. Avoid wasting money by sticking to your Visa card and only pulling out cash when needed.

People travel because of culture – Of all the places to go in the world, why is it some people choose one place over another? According to Visa’s GTI survey, 41 percent of people cite “rich culture” and “friendly locals” as reasons to pick a destination. Although famous monuments, great museums and spectacular palaces continue to draw in visitors, the people who live in a traveler’s destination are hugely important.

TIP: Hang with the locals. Check out fun events such as festivals and concerts to make sure you’re not missing the best events in the city you’re visiting. And don’t forget local flavors of the country’s national dishes.

Ideal vacations look a little different to everyone – What do you want to get out of travel? Is it to meet new friends, see something in person you saw on television, or fulfill a longtime dream? When vacationing, 63 percent of travelers are motivated by a combination of reward and achievement. That means to them, an ideal vacation has some combination of relaxation and experiencing new cultures or exotic locations.

TIP: Block out time on your trip to relax and reflect on the experience. It can be easy to plan activities and sights to see, but it’s important to rest in between.

People are feeling optimistic about travel – Though they may be excited to get out of their comfort zone, some people have reservations about the safety of traveling to far-off locations, or worry about affording such a trip. However, according to the GTI Survey, people are not letting these factors keep them at home. Globally, only 17 percent of people cited security as a top concern and only 19 percent chose a destination because it fit their budget. What that says is that people are willing and eager to visit their dream destinations.

TIP: Budget your trip accordingly. A better understanding of what you can spend can help keep your mind at ease during travel. According to the GTI Survey, global travelers spend an average of $1,793 per trip. However, if you are following Tip #1, keeping cash transactions to a minimum will help in the budgeting process. While on vacation, look for Visa or PLUS logos at point-of-sale terminals or ATMs to ensure international payment cards are accepted.

Technology is the new travel companion – The traveler’s well-folded map and dog-eared guidebook might be a thing of the past. As more travelers adopt digital technology, virtually everything they need to navigate fits right in the palm of their hand. What’s more, 88 percent of travelers have online access while abroad and almost half, 44 percent, use ride-sharing apps to get around once they are on the ground.

TIP: Research apps or technology that might be helpful on your travels. Downloading your bank or credit card apps can help track your money while traveling. As technology continues to revolutionize our daily lives, so it will continue changing how we travel.

Staying on top of trends can allow travelers to plan accordingly. By budgeting, planning, avoiding cash and finding out the best ways to track spending, travelers can get the most from their dream travels – and their wallets.

Chocolate Pairings

Chocolate pairings: Innovative entertaining with a sweet twist

(BPT) – Whether a fancy five-course social event, a laid-back barbecue or a progressive dinner party, what separates average from impressive entertaining is innovative and original ideas. One way to surely catch the attention of your guests while tempting their taste buds is to feature chocolate pairings in your entertaining itinerary.

Fine chocolates add decadence to any event, but they are relatable and broadly enjoyed. Chocolate platters have replaced cheese platters at soirees, but what’s really on trend for 2018 is chocolate pairings. This interactive offering is a conversation starter that will delight guests – the perfect way to conclude a meal with friends or family.

While the idea of chocolate pairings might seem complex, it’s actually quite simple. These tips from the expert chefs who create Kohler Original Recipe Chocolates will make it virtually effortless to pair fine chocolates with beer, wine and spirits so you can impress guests at your next event.

Offer an array of flavors. To ensure you have something for all guests no matter their preferences, opt for a variety of chocolates. Selections from the white, milk and dark chocolate categories offer an array of flavors. Some guests may gravitate to one over others, while other guests may choose to sample all three varieties. Suggest sampling from light to dark to balance the palate.

Pairing 1 suggestion: White chocolate. White chocolate is sweet and buttery, integrated into numerous types of confections, many of which feature fruit. The Kohler Cranberry Terrapin showcases cranberries and white chocolate with its signature smoky caramel. Cranberry and white chocolate are delicate flavors and this piece is crafted so that those flavors balance well and are not overpowered by the smokiness of the caramel.

With that in mind, consider serving with a a stout beer that will bring out that buttery goodness. If selecting a wine pairing, opt for a zinfandel or another variety that won’t overpower those delicate flavors. Spirits can be a nice pairing addition, too. A classic bourbon complements the smoky caramel perfectly.

Pairing 2 suggestion: Milk chocolate. Americans adore milk chocolate and expert chocolatiers can transform this delight into virtually endless tempting flavors. The Kohler Butterscotch Hop is one such example. The smooth, creamy butterscotch filling is enhanced by a custom blend of premium chocolate to elevate this flavor combination. It’s velvety on the tongue with a light finish, plus the beautiful mold impresses the eye.

Milk chocolate is smooth and sweet, and drink pairings should complement that element without overwhelming. A light crisp beer or a refreshing chardonnay brings out the buttery undertones of silky-smooth milk chocolate. If you decide to serve butterscotch, it’s sure to be unique as it’s a pretty rare find in the chocolate world. A honey whiskey is the perfect pair for butterscotch chocolates.

Pairing 3 suggestion: Dark chocolate. Rich and undeniably decadent, dark chocolate is the ideal final pairing to offer guests. The flavors of coffee and dark chocolate are often fused together as they mingle together well. For example, the Kohler Caffé and Cream has dark chocolate coffee ganache with a layer of creamy mascarpone in a dark chocolate shell. This multi-layer chocolate is meticulously crafted and offers a burst of satisfying richness.

A bold, rich beer or heavy ale matches dark chocolate well. A tawny port that isn’t too fruity can be a nice complement to coffee flavors while bringing out the dark chocolate elements. Finally, a sweeter bourbon with a smoky finish pairs nicely with the dark chocolate, which in turn brings out the barrel notes of the spirit.

Serving – You can serve chocolate pairings in a variety of ways. If you prefer to set up a beautiful buffet, you can display chocolates on a platter and place drink pairings nearby, each labeled appropriately. Guests can help themselves at their leisure. You may also opt to serve guests by bringing out each pairing one by one and offering guests their choice of beverage to pair with the featured chocolate. No matter how you choose to serve, it’s bound to be a memorable moment at a fantastic event.

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