BEST EASTER CHOCOLATES 2013 COLLECTION

Each year, world-renowned French chocolatiers unveil a limited “prestige” line of Easter-themed figurines.

Here are nine of our favorites most impressive varieties for 2013:
1. La Maison du Chocolat by Nicolas Cloiseau
2. Laduree
3. Lenotre
4. Ma Mere de Famille
5. Fabrice Gillotte
6. Arnaud Larher
7. Pierre Herme
8. Jean Paul Hevin
9. Emmanuel Hamon.

2013 MOVING ON UP…

The latest on Pastry Chefs on the move, and openings or moving of bakeries, pastry shops, ice cream shops, etc… across the country.

[In Atlanta…]
Jake Rothschild’s (Jake’s Ice Cream) new bakery and café JDR Delishery will open with grand opening festivities in early May. [AM]
The Cookie Studio closed its current spot Friday, only to reopen in April.[[TNTA]

[In Boston…]
Union Square Donuts has closed and will reopen in a new larger space.
Captain Jackson’s Colonial Chocolate Shop has opened.

[In Chicago…]
Insomnia Cookies, cookie delivery chain has just opened their first Chicago location.
Golden Brown Delicious Cakes & Sweets hopes for a summer debut, where cakes, cupcakes, pastries and cookies will be crafted with a Mexican influence. [WPBIG]
Pastry Chef Hsing Chen has left her post at the The Peninsula Chicago to open her own patisserie this summer/fall.

[In Houston…]
Fat Cat Creamery, an ice cream company will set up shop this June.

[In Los Angeles…]
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee opened at 270 E. 17th Street in Costa Mesa, CA on April 12th, 2013.
Milk Jar Cookies, from husband-and-wife team Courtney Cowan and Adam Tiller, is now open. [LAIST]
MILK ice cream parlor has gotten the ball rolling to open a second spot, as has Sweet Rose Creamery.
Jin Patisserie has left its location on March 24; a new spot is in the pipeline.

[In Miami…]
Michael Schwartz has opened The Cypress Room with Roel Alcudia running the kitchen and Hedy Goldsmith dishing up desserts.
Sweetness Bakeshop & Café opens its second location this summer.
Carolina Montoya and Fernando Puga launched the showroom at Unique Designer’s Cake.

[In New Orleans…]
Chris Barbato has left Café Adelaide to open the bakery and lunch spot Rivista with his wife, baker Lisa Barbato.

[In New York City…]
Andrew Carmellini and restaurateurs Luke Ostrom and Josh Pickard debuted the much-anticipated Lafayette, with Jen Yee (Aureole) in charge of pastry.
Sarah Sutherland (Marea) joined the team at Vitae as the new pastry chef.
Sam Mason, WD-50 alum has an ice creamery, Odd Fellows Ice Cream Co., set to open this summer.
Baked is now scouting for a Manhattan bakery location.
Pastry Chef Jen Yee (Gilt) have signed on to work with Chef de Cuisine Damon Wise at the upcoming Lafayette.

[In Philadelphia…]
Federal Donuts has lined up a spot at Citizen’s Bank Park this year.

[In Portland…]
Bluebird Bakers, a former wholesale bakery has opened a brick-and-mortar retail space.
Rick Widmayer has departed Screen Door to team up with Greg Slauson (Donut-O-Rama) on a doughnut shop/bar due to open in May.

[In San Francisco…]
Michael Rotondo (Parallel 37) has snagged former Charlie Trotter Sous Chef Mitchell Nordby and Pastry Chef Andrea Correa for his kitchen.
Bi-Rite Market has officially open in its second location.
Charles Chocolates has reopened after closing two years ago.
Emily Day, baker-owner, of Flour + Co. has opened its door.[GSSF]
Three Twins Ice Cream is set to reopen in June.

[In Seattle…]
Fuji Bakery has reopened after closing in July, with a new location still in the works.

[In Washington, D.C….]
Just Cakes closed its brick-and-mortar space, and will move operations online.
Golden, Brown, and Delicious is now open with husband-and-wife team Chef Kyle Bailey and Pastry Chef Tiffany MacIsaac running things.
The chocolate pizza concept Chocolate Crust is now open in the former Washington Deli space.[EaterWire]
Fluffy Thoughts Cakes plans to open a location inside Nationals Park this May.