HandPicked People: Leslie Berliant

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As we've built up our community here at HandPicked Nation, we have met some truly incredible farmers, ranchers, makers and thinkers in the real food movement. Which prompted the thought, why not share a little more about the real people of real food with our readers?

Welcome to another addition of HandPicked People!

We have Leslie Berliant stepping up to the HandPicked plate today, to give us a little more insight into her sweet, truffle-making life! Leslie is a huge proponent of organic Fair Trade chocolate, building her Le Marais Chocolat business around the use and promotion of the humane working conditions and superior quality Fair Trade certification ensures. Leslie brings this same compassion to all areas of her life, co-founding the BLU MOON Foundation Haiti Orphanage Adoption Program (HOAP) and working in cause-related PR for several years.

She truly has a sweet heart.

Name: Leslie Berliant

Occupation: Chocolatier & Blogger

Describe what you do in ten words or less. Play with local, organic and Fair Trade ingredients.

Describe real food in one sentence. I could make it myself.

What is your first food memory? My brothers and me poising our forks over the steaming chicken Kiev (1970's haute cuisine!) and stabbing on the count of three to watch the butter in the center explode like a geyser.

If you were a food or a flavor, what would you be? Organic Fair Trade Chocolate, do you have to ask?

What are the five food things you always have on hand? Organic Fair Trade chocolate to make truffles, great olive oil, and organic almonds, organic Fair Trade sugar and fresh eggs to make macarons.

What is the one professional rule you never break? Sacrificing quality for cost in order to get the sale.

What's going to be your next meal? Fresh fava beans with caramelized onions and rice!

Did we miss anything? Let us know what kinds of questions you want us to ask in the comments below!