The tattoo on my right shoulder reads, "dare to be great," and was inspired by the movie Say Anything when the main character (Lloyd Dobler) is asked about what he plans to do when he finishes high school. This is my motto; always strive to be great in both personal and professional situations.
Earlier this year, three DWN chocolate bars were submitted to the International Chocolate Awards' Bean-to-Bar and Craft Chocolatier Competition for the Americas. This was our first time entering the International Chocolate Awards and I am super proud to share that the Old Fashioned bar won a bronze award in the category of dark chocolate with an infusion or flavouring. The strawberry and sumac bar, as well as the sesame chocolate chip bar were also chosen as finalists by the jury.
I keep thinking about the beginning of this company and how entrepreneurs work so hard to get to the starting line. Once the business is up and running, the day-to-day mechanics need constant attention. This award allows me to take a pause and look back over the last two years and see how far DWN has thrived. It is also humbling to be recognized in the same categories as other chocolate makers that I have tasted and admired for so many years.
Hip Hip Hooray!