Tag Archives: chocolate

Discussing being your best boss

“I believe in recharging as often as possible. Go somewhere luxurious to luxuriate.” ~ Niquenya Fulbright of Building Bridges Consulting Last week the Network of Entrepreneurial Women held a discussion on treating ourselves. As we nibbled on savory paninis and vegan chocolate pralines at Let Them Eat Chocolate, NEW co-founder Erica Thomas provided tips on […]

Join Our Treat Yourself Meet & Munch

Guess what? The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is back! With the unpredictable winter weather we decided to take a hiatus since long commutes are no fun. But now that spring has sprung and birds are chirping we are ready to connect with women business owners throughout the Chicagoland Suburbs. Our next event is coming up […]

Summer Partying

I’m working on my hiking posts but spent the weekend partying so those will have to wait. My friends Lauren and Rory celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary and several other special days with Sugarweek, and us friends were invited to tag along on their celebrations. Friday evening marked the opening of a show at Zhou […]

Chocolate Fun

Since Easter is also Chocolate Celebration weekend, here is some trivia we shared back in December during a Network of Entrepreneurial Women gathering: After Chocolate was presented to the Spanish King by Hernán Cortés in 1528, the Spaniards kept it a secret from the rest of the world for 100 years. Cortés presented the Spanish […]

Speednetworking with chocolate

We had a blast closing out Galentine’s month at Anna Shea’s Chocolate Lounge last week. In spite of another polar vortex front several suburban ladies were lured by the chocolate bar, and we cozied up to the fireplace to imbibe. The Pistachio Pomegranate cupcake was delicious, and I opted for a Bailey’s Chocolate cocktail this […]

Closing out the NEW year

The Network of Entrepreneurial Women closed out the year with a lovely party at Anna Shae’s Chocolate Lounge in Barrington last week. We warmed ourselves by the fireplace as we enjoyed the whimsical and girly setting. Chocolates are made on site here, and we couldn’t resist sampling pieces. I imbibed in the delectable S’mores Martini. […]

Summer Retreat nuggets

“The ABC’s of Success: Attitude, Belief and Commitment.” ~Valerie Beck One perk of the Women’s Innovation Network is rubbing elbows with Chicago’s chocolate expert, Valerie Beck. As the founder of Chicago Chocolate Tours, she ensured that WIN’s 2012 Summer Retreat was sweetened at all times. We were even given a private Geneva Chocolate Tour, which certainly […]

Daytrip to Geneva

“There are four basic food groups:  Milk chocolate Dark chocolate White chocolate & Chocolate truffles” ~ seen at the All Chocolate Kitchen On Wednesday I visited Geneva, IL for the Geneva Chocolate Tour. I’ve know founder Valerie Beck since my first Chocolate and Champagne Tour in 2010. I took my mom on the French Market […]

midweek bliss

It’s been a fun and full week already. I visited the Chocolate Exhibit at the Field Museum and learned a lot more about Chocolate’s history. The Mayans used huge vessels to drink their bitter frothy cocoa from, ranging from 8 to 10 inches tall with a 6 to 8 inch diameter. And here I thought […]


Happy Valentine’s Day. May you shower the people you love with love today. It’s been a few years since I had a Valentine. But that doesn’t mean love is invisible. Filled with expectations, hope, and tokens of affection, this day represents great joy for some, a lot of pressure for others, or a reminder of […]