Chocolate became a part of Cindy Pedraza Puente’s life at an early age. Her mom, Andrea, was the production manager for one of the first independent chocolatiers in Dallas.
What you might not know about Mariana is that she really likes bugs. It all started one day when she was watching a show on National Geographic that featured an Entomologist in Hawaii studying, well, bugs. As he methodically worked on identifying the bugs found on a corpse, she had a moment of clarity.
His love for great food led him on wild adventure as a young adult. Along the way, he met nearly all of the famous nascar drivers and golf and tennis professionals. He also met three U.S. Presidents–face-to-face–and handled catering for four total. While at Ceasar’s Palace, he regularly prepared meals for people like Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, and Jerry Seinfeld. At age twenty five, when he landed his first ‘Head Chef’ position in Nashville, the Rascal Flatts were his weekly customers.
When you enter into a store of any kind, it’s fairly easy to identify how much soul—or what kind of soul—is woven into the selection. This acknowledgment is not made as a way of passing judgment, but simply to regard the silent greeting that comes from an owner, as you browse a store’s wares. When everything fits together, despite different origins, makers, and types; that’s when you know a proprietor is especially pouring heart and soul into a place.