Archive for June 29th, 2010

June 29, 2010

Chalkboarder’s New Look..

We launched a new look to Chalkboarder yesterday, reformatting our main site (here) and re-launching another site Chalkboarder News.

Chalkboarder 2010

Chalkboarder News is our company and client newswire service. We’re sharing everything we post for our clients (and for us) there as it happens. We’d love for you to check it out and if you wish to stay abreast of current developments, please subscribe or RSS feed.

We’re using our main site here to discuss relationship engineering, social media, the evolution of the social web, customer service, organizational sustainability, brand concept and development and my favorite topic – building and nurturing organizational villages.

Our relationship engineering team includes Bill Bridgmon (VP Sales), Matthew Vitorla (NE Reg Sales), Jennifer Collins (SE Reg Sales), Judith Smith (Editor) and myself. I anticipate you’ll see an noticeable uptick in activity here at Chalkboarder.


June 29, 2010

Water Ave Coffee: Now Open

Water Ave Coffee

Portland OR

Water Avenue Coffee

Water Avenue Coffee, part of Bellissimo Coffee Infogroup and American Barista Coffee School, opened this last weekend. Brandon, the Head Roaster, shared with me a fantastic cup of old wine barrel Oak Barrel Aged Sumatran coffee. Wow!

If you’re in Portland, head on over to SE Water Avenue, between Hawthorne and Belmont. Bunk Sandwiches is opening on the corner and Clark Lewis Restaurant is across the street. Oh, and if you subscribe to Imbibe Magazine, they’re upstairs.

Great coffee, awesome snacks, excellently personable staff and wifi. Check it out!

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June 29, 2010

Dessert Professional: A message to all members of Dessert Professional

Dessert Professional

New York, NY

World Pastry Forum

The 2010 World Pastry Forum starts tomorrow, Wednesday, June 30th, featuring five days of classes from a faculty of world class pastry chefs, and ends on Sunday, July 4th. The World Pastry Team Championship starts the next day, ending on Tuesday, July 6th. Seven teams will compete over the course of thirteen hours to create chocolate and sugar showpieces and five different kinds of desserts – plated desserts, entremets, and more (tune in to find out what all five types of desserts are).

Dessert Professional will be on-site all day every day of the forum and championship bringing it to you “live” via Twitter, Facebook, and on video through DessertTube. We’ll be interviewing instructors and students, bringing you short demos from several of the classes, reporting from the Championship as it happens, bringing you information from Forum and Championship sponsors about what they’re showcasing – and we even plan to do some live streaming of important moments from the Championship.

THE BEST WAY way to keep track of what’s going on will be to use the Tweebus widget on the home page of – just click on the “Live Tweets” button for the up-to-the-moment Tweetstream. If you use Twitter, this widget keeps track of the “hashtag” #wpfwptc and you can follow @DessertPro from your Twitter account to make sure you get all the news as it happens. If you’re not a Twitter user you can still join in the discussion using the Tweebus widget on the home page of (Please let us know who you are by starting your tweets with your name, as in, “Clay says:”.)

If you have questions or feedback about the photos, videos, or reports we’re posting, please send them to us via Twitter using #wpfwptc and we’ll do our best to find the answers and respond. As always – thanks for your support. Without your continued interest and passion for The Art of Dessert none of this would be possible.

The moderation team
The DessertTube production team
All the staff and writers of Dessert Professional magazine

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June 29, 2010

Nicky USA: 4th of July Special Offer

Nicky USA

Portland, OR


This week on special we’ve got Nicky Farms Buffalo Tri-tips at $7.95/lb. Call in with code “Blues Fest” to 1 (800) 469-4126.

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June 29, 2010

A New Look

Chalkboarder Logo

Yup… summer’s here – and with it, a whole new feel for Chalkboarder.