ChatterLog February 2009

A Short History of Chocolate

© Adriana Mullen 2009

According to Archaeological records the Mayans of Central America were consuming cocoa as far back as 600 B.C. or earlier. The Emperor introduced Cortés to cocoa when he conquered the Aztecs. But the cocoa consumed by the Mayans and later the Aztecs was not like our modern chocolate. Cocoa itself is bitter tasting and the Mayans and Aztecs consumed it as a drink in which dried cocoa was mixed with water and possibly some chili peppers.

When cocoa reached Spain, the Spanish began experimenting by mixing cocoa with sugar and vanilla to make a sweeter drink. The result was a “hot chocolate” type of drink, which soon became popular among the upper classes, as they were the only ones who could afford it, in Europe. By the first half of the eighteenth century cocoa production had increased and the price had fallen to the point where it became affordable to the general population of Europe and the European colonies in the New World.

In the 19th century, the Dutch invented a process to refine cocoa powder and if any of you have ever experienced their Droste’s cocoa, you know what I’m talking about! People also began mixing cocoa with warm milk, which became known as hot coca while the traditional mixture of cocoa and hot water continued to be known as hot chocolate. Another big advance came in 1876 when a Swiss chocolate seller invented a process for making candy out of milk chocolate and another Swiss company named Nestlé picked up the idea to become the global chocolate producer we know today. While another Swiss chocolate maker created the first chocolate candy with cream and other fillings – and so the modern soft centered chocolate candies were born and they joined the ranks of flowers and jewelry in men’s courtship arsenal.

Some of my favorite chocolate websites:
– my own personal addiction. Their Organic Dark Chocolate with Dried Cherries is quite simply a thing of beauty! – a client of mine sent me some of this award-winning chocolate from The Chocolate Fetish in Asheville, NC. They make these “rounds” that are out of this world – the size of a large cookie but made entirely of dark chocolate with toppings like roasted almonds & dried raspberries – OMG! – more like an art gallery than a chocolatier, she is known for her trademark and exquisite hand-painted gems with a signature blue & brown collection reminiscent of Tiffany’s. And their famous hot chocolate is to die for and a must on a cold Winter’s day! – boasts a roster of 47 chocolatiers from all over the world, with fun items such as the “Chocosphere Emergency Kit” and build-your-own gift bags. – from the familiar to the obscure – scroll down and recognize your favorites by label or by country. – if you like filled chocolates and truffles – this is one for you to check out. Other notables are their chocolate slabs and Chocolate Dipping Adventure.

ChatterTip of the Month February 2009

Cure for a Headache
Now, if you end up with a headache after all that chocolate, here is a brilliant tip to get rid of it. Take a piece of fresh lime and rub it across the forehead and temples. You’ll be amazed how it will cut through that pain! Just keep on applying it until the headache subsides.

ChatterNews February 2009


Kevin Tachman
One of my clients, Kevin Tachman placed 1st in the PDN “Billboard Summer Music Moment 2008” photography contest. Here is the image:

Scissor Sisters © Keven Tachman 2008

And as if that wasn’t enough, Kevin also placed 1st in the “Spontaneous Moment” category of the PDN “World in Focus” contest.

© Kevin Tachman 2008

Congratulations also to my pal Jason Florio for placing in the “Travel/Portrait” category.

To view more of Kevin’s work please visit:
To view more of Jason’s work please visit:
To view more from the PDN “Billboard Summer Music Moment 2008” contest winners please visit:

Speaking of contests, congratulations to the winners of the “Tell Us A Story: APA|NY 2008 Juried Photo Contest”
For more information and to view the winning images please visit:

PDN online Article: Creating a Commercial Portfolio for Photojournalists
Check out PDN online which includes comments from my friends Frank Meo of Meo Represents and Marcia Kebbon of Orchard Represents.

Please visit:
Frank Meo:
Marcia Kebbon:

ChatterEvents February 2009

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 – 7:00pm
ASMP|NY Presents: Hank Willis Thomas

@ Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway (at 12th Street)
New York, NY 10003-4805

Please join ASMP NY and Strand Books for the book release of Hank Willis Thomas’ new book entitled “Pitch Blackness”, his first monograph.

Please visit for more information.
Also – check out and enter the Strand Bookstore photo contest here: Eye on the Strand Photo Contest.

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009 – 6:30pm – 9:00pm
ASMP | NY Presents: Peter Krogh – Get Your Dam Stuff Together

@ Studio 385
385 Broadway (at White Street)
New York, NY

$35.00 — ASMP Member
$60.00 — Non-member
$50.00 — Professional Association member
$20.00 — Student

Peter Krogh, the guru of Digital Asset Management (DAM) will demystify this perilous area of technology.

For more information please visit:

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 – 6:30pm
NY Monthly Photo Salon

@ SoHo Photo Gallery
15 White Street
New York, NY 10013

Presenting the work of: Scott BarrowJohn DelaneyTim FerestenLisa Wyatt and Howard Schatz. For more information and questions please contact Rich Pomerantz or Bill Westheimer at

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009 – 7:00pm
ASMP | NY Presents : The Photographer’s Survival Guide with Suzanne Sease and Amanda Sosa Stone

@ Studio 385
385 Broadway (at White Street)
New York, NY

$25.00 – ASMP Member
$45.00 – Non-member
$35.00 – Professional Association member
$0.00 – Student

For more information please visit:

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 – 6:00pm
ASMP|NE Chapter Presents: Who What Where: A Panel Discussion With Top Industry Creatives
Moderated by Louisa J. Curtis

@ Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts
274 Moody Street
Waltham, MA

Cost (pre-registered):
$1 – Members
$10 – Students
$25 – Others

Cost (at the door):
$1 – Members
$20 – Students
$35 – Others

Panel will include:
Shawn Cournoyer – President of AIGA, Rhode Island
Kat Dalager – Print Production Manager, Campbell Mithun, Minneapolis, MN
Carolyn Dowd – Senior Art Buyer, Hill Holliday, Boston, MA
Gary Greenberg – Chief Creative Officer & neurotic father of a college bound daughter & classic rock lover, Allen & Gerritsen, Watertown, MA
Fred Martins – VP & Creative Director, Tiziani Whitmyre, Inc., Sharon, MA
Christine Tieri – Creative Director, smith&jones, Sturbridge, MA

*Members of the panel may be subject to change due to last-minute availability.

This panel discussion with top industry creatives and moderated by Louisa Curtis of Chatterbox Enterprises, is destined to be revealing as well as informative.
In a time of economic uncertainties, where is our industry headed and how do photographers adjust to stay in business?
Louisa has invited a diverse panel of six industry creatives ranging from large international ad agencies, to the boutique and niche, with a group that includes creative directors, art buyers and producers as well as a graphic designer, all of whom are willing to share their insights and thoughts on our industry now.

Please visit for more information.