This is Tamara writing. It was in early December 2006 when I met Chef Daniel Herskovic surrounded by fabulous food, drinks music and work. I was working a second job as a server for private catering jobs in Chicago. Daniel's private chef career was booming. So much so that it was a long 10 days after meeting before our first date. He arrived with a chocolate box and confidence.
You won't hear this very often, but I was thrilled when I found out that he had just started a new relationship a month before we met. It was nearly all encompassing. He would often arrive to our dates with evidence on his shirt sleeve or the corner of his mouth. Her name was Chocolate. My jealously of his time spent learning about Chocolate was easily erased by watching Daniel work with his newest recipes. Tasting his creations became almost as exciting as seeing the man himself.
When Daniel proposed marriage to me on Valentine's Day 2009 there was the sound of our dog lapping champagne from his bowl followed by a fabulous dinner with "Congratulations!" written in chocolate on our dessert plate.
We spent our early months of dating talking about and eating great food. A theme that still continues today. We still operate our private catering business in Chicago, Chef Daniel. Mayana Chocolate has grown with new recipes, packaging, people and community outreach.
It brings a smile to my face knowing that it all started with a chocolate box and confidence. Almost as big a smile as our 2 year old son gets when he tells people that "Mommy and Daddy work at a chocolate factory!"
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