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Truffle brings home the gold

By Elane Dickenson

Wallowa County Chieftain

Published on January 23, 2013 12:01AM

<p>Here are Arrowhead Chocolates owners Wendy and Bruce Reininger and Erica Houck at the Good Foods Awards ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, Jan. this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)</p>

Here are Arrowhead Chocolates owners Wendy and Bruce Reininger and Erica Houck at the Good Foods Awards ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, Jan. this past weekend. (Courtesy photo)

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JOSEPH – The huckleberry truffle made by Arrowhead Chocolates in Joseph is a national winner.

Arrowhead Chocolates owners – Bruce and Wendy Reininger and daughter Erica Houck – were among 99 Good Food Awards recipients in nine categories honored at a special ceremony in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 19.

Their huckleberry truffle was announced as one of 15 finalists from eight states in the confections divisions in December, and this month named among the winners. The official announcement came in conjunction with the awards ceremony.

As one of the winners, the Reininger family took part in a Good Food Marketplace Jan.20, where visitors were able to taste, buy and meet the producers behind the award-winning foods at San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

The Good Food Awards were created through a collaboration of food producers, farmers, food journalists and independent grocers organized by Seedling Projects. This year it attracted 1,366 entries from 31 states in the nine categories, which range from beer and chocolate to coffee and pickles.

“I think it’s so wonderful to see all their hard work rewarded,” Sophie Davis, an employee at Arrowhead chocolate shop on Main Street in Joseph, said Sunday. “From the beginning they’ve put so much effort into making sure every element is high quality.”

The flavorful award-winning huckleberry truffle is among dozens of original recipes developed by the family’s chocolatier, Bruce Reininger.

Davis said that now that business has slowed down following the Christmas rush, the publicity from the national award may offer a welcome boost to on-line sales of Arrowhead Chocolates truffles, www.arrowheadchocolates.com



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