And the negatives? Latour says, “I had a lot of chocolate melting here this summer. That’s been a challenge with the really hot weather.
I’m originally from Montreal, so I’ll take winter over heat any day.”
CityBeat: What was your last great meal and where did you have it?
Shalini Latour: I went to Fork Heart Knife (in Over-the-Rhine) a couple weeks ago and had dinner there on a Friday night. It was wonderful. I really, really liked it. We had some kind of Bruschetta with roasted eggplants and peppers and then we had a version of a salad Nicoise and another salad. It was wonderful. The food was really fresh and delicious.
CB: Did you ever try a flavor with your chocolate that just didn’t work out?
SL: I tried hibiscus flowers, which I thought would be great in white chocolate. They’re also a beautiful color, so I figured it would color the chocolate as well and be a beautiful kind of reddish pink inside of a dark chocolate. I infused the cream and the cream looked good, and as soon as I added the white chocolate it turned this brownish-orange and completely lost the flavor as well. That was a huge disappointment.