As summer turns to autumn and the Perthshire trees begin to change to glorious gold, it is time to bring a news update to all our loyal members and I extend a special welcome to our new Loyalty Club members.
News and updates
What a summer it has been! Apart from the wonderful sunny weather, we have been exceptionally busy in the Chocolate Shop and Legends Coffee House in Grandtully. It has been our pleasure to welcome back regular customers and many tourists from all over the world. We have received most complimentary feedback on our Truffles from many of you and many foreign visitors from Europe and as far afield as Japan amongst many others. News and feedback that our chocolatiers love to hear, thank you!
As a consequence of receiving Scotland Food & Drink Excellence “Product of the Year” award for 2013, we ran extra events during Scotland Food and Drink fortnight, which ended in ???. The Coffee House laid on a “Chocolate Afternoon Delight”, the chocoholic’s perfect afternoon tea featuring freshly made scones with whipped cream and chocolate ganache, chocolate cake and a selection of chocolates accompanied by a hot chocolate drink. This continues to be offered on the menu – great to warm you up after a walk by the river. Special escorted mini-tours round the Scottish Chocolate Centre were very well received. Everyone is amazed to find out how much care and effort goes into making gourmet chocolates. If you are interested in coming on a tour, please contact us in advance.
I told you last time about the planned increase in production to meet demand from more and more corporate clients and discerning chefs. Iain and his expanded team have been very busy training on the new specialist equipment brought from Italy and fine-tuning the setup to ensure that the quality meets the Highland Chocolatier’s exacting standards. Rest assured, although production is increased, every chocolate is still lovingly made by hand and tastes superb.
Now that the summer season is over we have a little time to draw breath, and we are progressing with improvements. We will be redecorating the exterior, the car park is to be resurfaced/re-lined and the car park entrance and Scottish Chocolate Centre will receive a revamp. Let us know what you think the next time you visit.
Chocolate Week, a celebration of chocolate, runs from 14th to 20th October. At 11.3 0 a.m. on Monday to Thursday, Iain will be signing the book which he co-authored “I Chocolate” which includes mouth-watering and delicious chocolate recipes from Masters of the Art of Chocolate. While in Grandtully, haggle yourself a real bargain at the ever-popular Peddler’s Market which will be running in the Gift Shop on Thursday and Friday (17th/18th October). Why not try our delicious Tomato and Chocolate soup and our Morangie Brie and Chocolate Panini in the Coffee House.
Thanks to everyone who entered our competition, which completed on 16th September. The answer was that as well as winning “Product of the Year” the Highland Chocolatier also won Scotland Food & Drink Excellence “Retail Product – Confectionery & Snacking” category. We had a draw for two winners – one for each of our two locations. This Thursday Iain presents a beautiful chocolate hamper worth £85 along with a voucher for £30, to the two winners – Susan Anderson and Fraser Tunstall. Mr Tunstall visited us here in Grandtully but lives in Arbroath and works in the oil industry in Aberdeen so he, along with Susan will be presented with their prize at the Bon Accord shop in Aberdeen.
We are really looking forward to launching a brand new website at the end of the month. It will be fresh and modern and full of interesting information about Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier and how we make gourmet chocolates. From then on it will be much easier to order online and to keep in touch, as there will be a blog and regular updates on Facebook and Twitter. It is very exciting and it will be great to receive your feedback.