Maria Rose

A rose is just a rose, you say? Well let me tell you about the Maria Roses we carry. Ask Felipe Villamizar, President of Maria Roses based in South America, and he’ll probably tell you about his mother Maria, the beauty of the Andes Mountains, and the graciousness of South American culture. He probably won’t tell you though that Maria Roses can be found in the best markets in Europe. He won’t brag that he can trace every rose bunch to the farm of origin and the day it was harvested. He probably won’t even mention the razor-sharp logistics of shipping his roses worldwide. But what he will talk about is the beauty of the roses, the connections they help build, and making people happy.

Maria Roses are cutting edge, coming to us from farms in Ecuador and Colombia. The Ecuadorian farms are at higher elevations and the Colombian farms at lower. With different climates, Maria is able to grow more rose varieties. Poor weather or a production problem at one farm doesn’t necessarily mean that the same problems are at another. Maria Roses cares about sustainability. As Felipe says, “It’s our land, it’s precious, and there is no more.” He is very proud of his family’s involvement, too, and will likely show you a photograph of his teenage son working at one of the farms last summer peering into a microscope in one of the laboratories.

Every few weeks, we get an email or call from Felipe asking if our customers like the Maria Roses we’re getting. Felipe has never been to our stores but he’s part of our family and culture and we are part of his.


Fresh Flower Basic Care Tips

  1. To keep your flowers fresh, place in water as soon as possible. If they’ll be out of water for longer than one hour once you leave our store, let us know so we can wrap them accordingly.
  2. Beware of extreme temperatures. Cut flowers in a hot car are doomed as are ones left exposed to the winter elements.
  3. Fill a clean vase with cold, clean water and flower food. Trim stems with sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove any foliage that will be below the water. change water and re-cut stems every three days.
  4. Find the perfect spot. Place your vase in an area that is away from sunlight, heaters, or drafts. These will cause your flowers to wilt quickly.

Think Pink With Ruby

The biggest innovation that’s happened with chocolate in the past 80 years is here, and we couldn’t be more excited to have some fun with it. We all know and love white, milk, and dark chocolate, but now there is a fourth variation on the horizon and it’s unlike any other we’ve ever tasted. Ruby cocoa has subtle berry notes intertwined into its melt-in-your-mouth chocolate flavor.

Ruby launched across the globe in 2018 in limited quantities, only appearing in the U.S. market in more recent months. “What you taste and see comes from the cocoa bean,” says Miriam Madrigal with Barry Callebaut Chocolate, explaining that the unique flavor and color of ruby is all natural. Some fresh cocoa beans are more white inside, but a vast majority are a dark reddish pink color. Through a different way of processing the beans, ruby cocoa was created. Once you add a bit of milk and sugar to the process, the color moves into a stunning pink direction.

The DLM Pâtisserie has created two scrumptious, limited-edition desserts utilizing ruby, which will make an appearance the first few weeks of February. Ruby Cocoa Rocky Road Bars start with a no-bake cookie crust, which is topped with a mixture of toasted almonds, pistachios, housemade marshmallows, freeze-dried raspberries, and shortbread cookies folded within the ruby chocolate. We’re also featuring a Ruby Ganache Tart, composed of pistachios in a gluten-free crust, ruby chocolate ganache, fresh whipped cream, toasted pistachios, and ruby chocolate curls. In addition, our dear friend Ghyslain has made some limited-edition ruby creations to be featured at DLM, including the Ruby Slipper!

20 Years of Partnering with Ghyslain Chocolatier

There’s something to be said about a long-lasting business relationship in this industry that feels more like a well-oiled friendship. It was nearly 20 years ago that Ghyslain Maurais, chef and renowned chocolatier, crossed paths with DLM’S Scott Fox, VP of Bakery & Coffee Bar. “It’s been quite a ride,” says Ghyslain. Watching the two interact, you can see that friendship at play as they jest and riff off one another’s creativity. Scott looks back on the start of it all around this time in 1999, and he knew that he had found a gem, not just in finding a unique product to bring to Dorothy Lane Market but in linking arms with a brilliant local partner with world class experience.

A ONE-IN-A-MILLION FOOD & FRIEND FIND

Ghyslain Chocolates are stunning handpainted creations, many with a flavored ganache encased inside. Each is truly as spectacular as Ghyslain himself. Born in Québec City, Ghyslain spent several years as the head chef for the Québec ambassador at the Canadian Embassy in London and also in New York City. After using his vacation time to expand his knowledge and study chocolate making in Zürich, his creativity was truly unleashed in new ways at the embassy.

In the mid-nineties, Ghyslain was eager to make his way to the U.S. and saw a head chef position for the Ohio-based Inn at Versailles, which is heavily influenced by French culture. It was there that he met his wife Susan. The two moved to Union City, Indiana, where Susan’s family was from, and Ghyslain started making his chocolates from the kitchen of their farmhouse in 1998. Today, Ghyslain Chocolatier is a thriving business there in Indiana where he creates everything from chocolates to perfect croissants, which we also carry.

Dayton Daily News food critic Ann Heller caught wind of Ghyslain and wrote about him in 1999. Fox had to taste the chocolate and meet Ghyslain, and this was the start of our 20-year relationship.

20TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE HEART BOX

That very first Valentine’s Day with Ghyslain, we featured a stunning dark chocolate heart that was hand painted red and held six beautifully crafted chocolates. You can see it photographed in the 1999 article by Ann Heller. This year, to celebrate our 20th anniversary of working with Ghyslain, we are bringing the chocolate heart back, but with some special touches for the occasion.

You’ll find the chocolate heart made from ruby chocolate, an exciting new innovation in the chocolate-making world, which is aptly timed for this occasion. The inside of the heart reveals three ruby pink chocolates filled with a ruby chocolate cream and Champagne ganache, and three platinum chocolates filled with a salted caramel ganache. The 20th Anniversary Ruby Heart Box comes enclosed in a platinum box as a nod to the milestone. It’ll be available seasonally just in time for Valentine’s Day, along with some other ruby creations by Ghyslain because every good friendship is worth celebrating.