Another one of my favorite food artisans is the Slitti family, makers of chocolates as done years ago. I had no idea that the the basement of a coffee shop in our neighborhood was also the setting of a chocolate making kitchen, until hearing the announcement that they were the winners of the Medaglia d’oro Concorse International di Ciocolaterie in 1993. This was followed by the Slitti’s winning the International Grand Prix of Chocolates in Paris in 1994. A wonderful relationship developed with the Slitti’s and soon their spotless hospital like kitchen became the location for our chocolate cooking classes.