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Big Weekend Ahead!

Dark Chocolate Paint Palettes

We’re feverishly preparing for a big weekend at Mount Vernon Confections, with three cool events on the schedule!

1) Tomorrow (Friday, September 14, 2018), Mount Vernon-Lisbon Restaurant Week begins, with the theme, “What can $20 get you?” Each of the 18 participating food businesses is offering a 2-for-$20 special throughout the Week (which actually runs for 10 days, from September 14-23). MVC will have a special half-pound box of a dozen favorite chocolates, perfect for giving as a gift or nibbling with your sweetie during a Netflix binge or Sunday Night Football broadcast. Pick up a “passport” in any of the participating businesses, get signatures from five, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a restaurant gift certificate. Learn more about Restaurant Week here.

Restaurant Week Half-Pound Gift Box

2) Also tomorrow, we’ll be participating in the 15th Annual Brewnost, at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s always a fun night filled with delicious beers, food, wine and spirits from great local restaurants and breweries. We’ve been posting the last couple weeks about our menu, which will include a milk chocolate truffle made with Wilson’s Orchard Hard Cider “Old Blue,” with a fruity twist of blueberry (and an impossibly cute label). We’ll also be offering our “sleeper favorite of 2018,” the creamy white chocolate lemon truffle; and of course we’ll have our signature dark chocolate raspberry truffles (do you see a fruity theme going on here?).

White Chocolate Lemon Truffles
Don’t think you like white chocolate? You haven’t tried this creamy, lemony delight.

3) Last, but definitely not least, the Lincoln Highway Arts Festival takes place Saturday, September 15, 9 am-4 pm. There will be 50-plus artists exhibiting and offering their work for sale, artist demos, music and more. This is one of my favorite of Mount Vernon’s festivals: it’s typically a beautiful fall day–still warm enough to warrant ice cream(!); it’s low-key and relaxed; and there is beautiful art and interesting artists. We’ll be open our regular hours of 11 am-5 pm and will have a limited number of these fun chocolate paint palettes.

Dark Chocolate Paint Palettes

Phew! They all sound like fun, right? I hope we’ll connect with you this weekend…or during Restaurant Week!

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Preparing for BrewNost, a Beer and Fine Food Extravaganza!

Dairy free raspberry truffles

We’re busily preparing for BrewNost, the annual beer and fine food festival held each fall at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This year’s event–their 15th anniversary–is Friday, September 14, 2018, 6:30-10:00 pm.

We’re excited to be paired again this year with Wilson’s Orchard Hard Cider, and this week I’m experimenting with a special new truffle flavor using their Old Blue, a hard cider with a blueberry twist. I like blueberries, but honestly, I just love the label so much we had to give it a go. Any of the local bartenders can tell you that my husband, Farmer Dave Miller, will often choose his adult beverages based purely on label art. More often, if he’s on the fence and doesn’t like the label, that beverage won’t make it into a glass for him. I’ve kind of made fun of him for this quirk, but I totally get it. I mean, if you like dogs, how can you not love this artwork?

Artwork for Wilson's Orchard "Old Blue" hard cider
How cool is this artwork for Wilson’s Orchard “Old Blue” hard cider?

Of course at this year’s event we’ll have our signature truffle, dark chocolate raspberry. We’ll bring the dairy-free recipe, which uses only Belgian dark chocolate and raspberry puree of fruit from the farm. The dairy-free part is great for those who don’t do dairy, but don’t let it scare you off; these truffles are amazingly decadent and pair well with just about everything–from an IPA to stout to wine to coffee. We generally take this truffle to any tasting event and I love watching people’s eyes get huge as the raspberry sweetness hits their taste buds.

There is still time to get tickets to BrewNost and join us for a full-filled evening of beer, wine, excellent food, live music and more. And if you stop in the shop later this week, you may have an opportunity to taste-test the Old Blue truffle!