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Fall in Love in New York with MarieBelle Chocolates

In New York’s famous Soho District is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates. This Valentine’s season, the flagship retail location at 484 Broome Street offers patrons a sumptuous shopping experience for the eyes and appetite with lavish window displays which aim to warm the heart. The perfect gift, MarieBelle Chocolates are artfully wrapped in luxury boxes with colorful ribbons. Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

MarieBelle New York Ganache Collection

9-Piece, $33.00

As a tribute to the city that never sleeps and the birthplace of MarieBelle New York, this collection is the perfect gift representing iconic images from the Big Apple. Flavors include, Passion Fruit, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Caramel Salt, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Toffee and Dulce Leche.

MarieBelle New York Ganache Collection

16-Piece, $50.00

Flavors include, Passion Fruit, Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Espresso, Caramel Salt, Pistachio, Wild Berry, Toffee and Dulce Leche.

New York Caramel Collection

9-Piece, $28.00

Take a bite out of the Big Apple with our newest collection of chocolate caramels! Packaged inside a whimsical inspired, New York-themed box, take in the aroma of dark chocolate while tasting the creamy smoothness of caramel through three, all natural flavors: Fluer de Sel, Italian Espresso and Chocolate Caramel.

Featuring iconic images of distinct neighborhoods across New York and Brooklyn, they’re the perfect New York souvenir to transport you to the City That Never Sleeps in every bite.

MarieBelle Chocolates choose only the finest selection of Criollo cacao beans from all over the world. What the fine Arabica bean is to coffee, the even finer and rarer Criollo bean is to chocolate. Criollo cacao makes up less than 10% of worldwide chocolate production, and as such, is highly sought after by connoisseurs. Chocolate made from Criollo beans has a distinct reddish color, and an equally distinctive complex taste, which can include flavors of caramel, nuts, vanilla and tobacco.

Only the finest, seasonal and natural ingredients are selected to make our chocolates. MarieBelle Chocolates source local ingredients such as fresh berries and fruits, and travel the world to find the best exotic ingredients each culture has to offer. This includes European butter, English lavender, Tahitian vanilla, Florida lemons, Japanese matcha tea and Puerto Rican rum. These ingredients are slowly infused into MarieBelle chocolates as their freshness is essential to the complexity of their flavor.

MarieBelle chocolates are all hand-made by passionate chocolate artisans. Their startling creativity and gift for harmonizing flavors have been the source of continuous innovation in MarieBelle chocolate-making process and techniques.

The chocolate and natural ingredients are combined into ganache and tempered to remove air and ensure maximum freshness. The ganache is then settled overnight before being cut into bite-sized pieces. Each ganache is then coated in pure dark chocolate before each piece receives its signature cocoa-based design. MarieBelle designs are all paintings created by artisanal, culinary artists. Each design tells its own story.

This Valentine’s season, choosing a sweet gift from MarieBelle chocolates, and sending the deepest love to the person in your heart!

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LULU Drew The Official 2019 Holiday Card for FIT Foundation

This was definitely the most excited assignment for Lulu in 2019. Lulu was invited to draw the official 2019 holiday card for her school – Fashion Institute of Technology. The postcard was sent to all the special alumni and FIT’s sponsors by FIT Foundation.

As we all know, Fashion Institute of Technology is one of the best fashion schools in the whole world. There are a lot of well-known fashion designers, interior designers and artists are graduated from this amazing school, such as Calvin Klein and Michael Kors are both from FIT.

Lulu is graduated from FIT’s MFA Illustration Program at 2017. She is thankful to her professor Melanie Reim, who always encourages her and made great advices to be a good illustrator. She is very proud to be a alumni of FIT.

Lulu, Yueming Qu was trained in the traditional Chinese painting style who moved from Beijing to New York to obtain second master’s degree in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After spending 4 years’ in New York, Lulu relocated to San Diego in November of 2018 to continue her focus on professional illustration.

When she was in China, she was different from other Chinese painting artists in that she love using bright colors in her artwork, She love drawing whimsical imaginative views of everyday life, and displaying her paintings in installation style. Lulu decided to come to the United States to broaden her art skills albeit she still uses traditional Chinese painting materials; such as, ink, gouache, and Chinese brushes while drawing the modern city landscapes, fashion and more recently food. She is passionate about combining traditional Asian art technique with modern Western art techniques together to explore more artistic possibilities. For example, she uses traditional Chinese brush and ink to draw the outlines, then uses pastels to make colors.

From the East Coast to West Coast, Lulu always strive to take on more art adventures, bringing more influences from different cultures which she’s very interested in.

You can check out more Lulu’s artworks from her website – qululululu.com or instagram @qululululu.

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Bring MarieBelle to Someone You Love in This Christmas

In New York’s famous Soho District is the world-renowned, luxurious bean-to-bar chocolate company, MarieBelle Chocolates. This holiday season, the flagship retail location at 484 Broome Street offers patrons a sumptuous shopping experience for the eyes and appetite with lavish window displays which aim to warm the heart. The perfect gift, MarieBelle Chocolates are artfully wrapped in luxury boxes with colorful ribbons. Relish in the sweetest gift for any occasion, available in-store or delivered same day anywhere in the Manhattan area.

Crafted with the finest single-origin chocolate and eclectic ingredients, using artisanal techniques are MarieBelle’s signature Ganache.

The Holiday Ganache Collection this year is MarieBelle’s Once Upon A Time Collection. The charming boxes are available in 4, 6, 9, 16, 25, 36 and an astonishing 100-piece boxes The signature ganache collections also include the New York set, River of Diamonds set, and other special totes, party favors and a limited-edition Ganache Cake using 65% dark chocolate.

Returning this holiday season is The Nutcracker Box. Showcasing the theme of the one of the most iconic tales, the holiday gift set is elegantly designed to include delicious sweets including: 16-piece MarieBelle Signature Ganache, six-ounce tin of Aztec Hot Chocolate, 125 grams of Pistachio Toffee, 180-gram Dark Chocolate Bar and a cylinder of Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. More book gift sets offer candy confections in the Luxury, Elegant and Classic styles.

MarieBelle New York (Soho), 484 Broome Street, New York, NY 10013

MarieBelle at the Kitano Hotel (Midtown), 66 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

For more information about MarieBelle Chocolates, visit www.mariebelle.com.

Facebook: MarieBelleNewYork | Twitter: @MarieBelleNY | Instagram: MarieBelleNY

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Create vibrant works of art with MODERN COLORED PENCIL!

Modern Colored Pencil (Walter Foster Publishing / November 5, 2019 / US $19.99) delves into all the basic techniques and concepts required to create fresh, colorful works of colored pencil art. Talented artist Chelsea Ward takes you on a lively, easy-to-follow exploration of colored pencils in this book, which is packed with creative exercises and projects designed to show you how to work with the versatile, approachable colored pencil medium.

The Modern series offers a fun, contemporary approach to working with traditional art media, demonstrating that with the right type of instruction, encouragement, and tips, success can be achieved by any artist or creative type. Modern Colored Pencil begins with a brief introduction to various tools, such as colored pencils, graphite pencils, watercolor pencils, papers, and other tools. This handy book also demonstrates often-complicated concepts, such as color mixing, shading, texture, and more, in an easy, approachable manner. Once you have a handle on the basics, explore how to create dynamic color palettes, use basic shapes and techniques to render a range of subjects, and create various marks and textures.

From beautiful florals and nature motifs to animals and everyday items, Modern Colored Pencil provides a fresh, contemporary, and enjoyable approach to learning how to create vivid artwork in colored pencil.

MODERN COLORED PENCIL

By Chelsea Ward

On-Sale Date: November 5, 2019

$19.99 US · $25.99 CAN · 128 pages · Paperback

ISBN: 9781633228146

Walter Foster, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Chelsea Ward is an art teacher and maker of one-of-a-kind creations. Chelsea currently manages her small business, Sketchy Notions, and an Etsy shop of custom treasures; teaches art lessons through Arts Outreach; co-hosts Bellissima Art Retreats with Gypsy Studios in Tuscany; and is the head chalk scribbler with Chalk by Chels. She is also the artist behind Cursive Cursing, a line of swear-word greeting cards. Her work has been featured in Elite Wedding Collection and The Knot, among other publications. Chelsea is the author of Modern Drawing and Your Year in Art. She lives in Los Olivos, California. www.chelseawardart.com

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Create kawaii characters to gift or keep with CRAFTING CUTE: POLYMER CLAY THE KAWAII WAY!

Make 50 adorable kawaii creations out of inexpensive and easy-to-find polymer clay—a teeny smiling donut, an irresistibly cute sloth charm, a sweet whale planter, and more with Crafting Cute (Rock Point / November 19, 2019 / US $22.99)! Follow the simple step-by-step photos and instructions to create cute characters ranging from small charms and earrings to larger multi-character scenes and desk accessories.

Kawaii—the culture of cuteness, originating in Japan—is everywhere. It’s time to make your own contribution! Join the cuteness revolution with these amazingly easy-to-make projects using polymer clay. A tools and materials section introduces the few things you’ll need to get started, including techniques on softening the clay and color mixing.

The projects are divided into three sizes, beginning with the smallest and easiest. You can choose to make just the characters or, depending on their size, learn how to transform them into earrings, rings, necklace charms, plant containers, and a range of desk accessories.

  • The first section presents instructions on creating 25 itty-bitty and ridiculously cute characters, including a pineapple, French toast, waffles, bacon and eggs, donut, taco, sloth, and unicorn—scaling up in difficulty as you go.
  • The 15 mid-size pieces include adorable whale, hedgehog, unicorn, and pumpkin characters as plant holders, desk accessories, ring holders, and more.
  • Wow your friends with the 10 large “showstopper” pieces that include a penguin North Pole pen holder, a beach-themed piece featuring sea creatures, a campfire scene, and a reading owl perched on a pile of books.

Brighten up your life with these colorful clay characters!

CRAFTING CUTE
By Danielle Clark
On-Sale Date: November 19, 2019
$22.99 US · $28.99 CAN · 144 pages · Paperback
ISBN: 9781631066313
Rock Point, an imprint of The Quarto Group

Since launching her Etsy shop in 2014, FunUsualSuspects, Danielle Clark has risen to become one of the top-ranking artists on the very popular crafting platform. Out of 1.9 million stores there, she consistently ranks in the top 1%. Danielle lives in the Pacific Northwest and her work has been featured several times in Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, and other media outlets.

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The New York Coffee Festival Wraps 5th Successful Year

The New York Coffee Festival recently wrapped up its 5th annual celebration of coffee culture here in the city that never sleeps. With over 11.1k attendees and 114 innovative and exciting vendors, it was the Festival’s biggest yet.
From Friday, October 11th to Sunday, October 13th, coffee novices and aficionados alike were treated to delicious cold brews, chai teas, chocolate, non-dairy milks, and more from exhibitors including Partner’s Coffee Roasters, Devoción, Raaka Chocolate, Bluestone LaneThink Coffee, Rishi Tea, Fruition Chocolate Works, Silk, Almond Breeze, and Keep Cup, amongst others. Attendees were also able to sample the best that New York has to offer in food, cocktails, live music, art, and more.
This weekend also played host to the inauguralRoast Masters™ – North America competition. Judged by a panel of leading industry figureheads, 25 of North America’s most up-and-coming roasters battled head-to-head for the coveted Roast Masters™ title. We are thrilled to share that the winner of this fast-paced competition were Elixr Coffee’s Rodrigo Vargas and Brian Lam.
Additionally, Sean Ben-Zvi was named the winner of the Breezey Masters’ Competition, and Liv Bread’s Dylan Klymenko took home the title of New York’s Best Barista.
100% of profits from the New York Coffee Festival are donated to Project Waterfall, with over $250,000 raised to date for NYC-based charity: water to deliver life-changing water projects in coffee-growing regions. We are looking forward to seeing how much this year’s event has raised. Find out more about Project Waterfall at projectwaterfall.org and charity: water at charitywater.org.
The New York Coffee Festival will return in 2020. Stay tuned for dates and details in the months to come.
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ABOUT ALLEGRA GROUP:
Allegra Events, the organizer of New York Coffee Festival, is a young, dynamic, and influential branch of the Allegra Group working to produce powerful, interactive events that engage and inspire audiences across the world.
About The New York Coffee Festival:
The New York Coffee Festival is New York’s flagship coffee event, celebrating the burgeoning specialty coffee scene in this great city. With exceptional coffee, as well as food, cocktails, live music and art on offer, it’s an unmissable event for coffee lovers of all levels.

The New York Coffee Festival is a celebration of community and culture, returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion from October 11-13, 2019. Whether you’re a beginner, a coffee aficionado, a self-confessed coffee geek or a key industry stakeholder, we’re curating an immersive program just for you.

Taste your way through the vibrant New York coffee scene with hundreds of exciting coffees to sample. Boost your coffee knowledge in workshops, be a part of interactive demos and meet the top US artisans and baristas one-to-one. To top it all off, enjoy delicious street food, coffee cocktails, live music and coffee-inspired art.

The Festival boasts an array of experiential features such as Latte Art LiveThe Sensory ExperienceThe LabThe Village, the Brew Bar, the Cold Brew Coffee Bar and The Kitchen.

For the very first time, the New York Coffee Festival will also host global roaster tournament Roast Masters and a new experiential area dedicated to the art of chocolate making and chocolate tasting.

With 100% of our profits being donated to Project Waterfall, partnering with NYC-based charity: water to deliver life-changing water projects in coffee-growing regions. Since 2011, Project Waterfall has raised over $1.4 million, bringing clean water to more than 50,000 people across seven countries. The New York Coffee Festival has contributed $250,000 towards the cause. Find out more about Project Waterfall at projectwaterfall.org and charity: water at charitywater.org.

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