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Miss Madeleine Presents

Posted: Wednesday, 19 March 2014 by Robyn


This is a copy of a report that I sent to the Royal Childrens Hospital for their newsletter - I thought you might be interested!

Caulfield Auxiliary held an event recently that certainly wasn’t in their own backyard!!  It was actually held in North East Victoria but still very close to home for Pat Piper, President as it was run by her daughter Robyn and granddaughter Ellen.  Both are members of the Auxiliary having earned their 10 year and 5 year badges recently.  It was a real family affair as Robyn’s husband Neil is also a member along with her sister Jillian who is Treasurer of the group.

The idea for the event came from a casual discussion between Robyn and a local business owner of a stylish Millinery and Vintage clothing store who agreed to choreograph a parade at Renaissance Chocolates, a chocolate shop and café owned by Robyn and her husband Neil.  Ellen – Pat’s granddaughter put the finishing touches to an exciting event plan and was mistress of ceremonies on the day!

Thirty five ladies started the afternoon with a glass of bubbles from local winery – Cofield Wines, and then enjoyed a parade of Millinery and Vintage clothing - many ladies eyeing off an enviable outfit, hat or piece of jewelry for the upcoming local racing season.  The grand finale was a delectable chocolate high tea prepared by Renaissance Chocolates.

$1238 was raised on the day for The Caulfield Auxiliary whose main beneficiary is a research fellowship through the Aitken Foundation looking into Juvenile Type 1 Diabetes.


EASTER is coming!!!!

Posted: Saturday, 1 February 2014 by Robyn

I know how most people are unhappy when Easter products (aka Hot Cross Buns) start to share shelf space in your local supermarket only days afer the hustle and bustle of Christmas is over - and I see now that mass produced commercial Easter Eggs are already on the shelf, even if the temperature in the supermarket is well over the acceptable temperature for couverture (if they use couverture!!).  So - it is then a bit cheeky of me to advertise our Easter Classes and Activities - but as most of your know by now I like to be organised and perhaps I can tempt you to make your own Easter gifts so that you can offer your family and friends something hand made & unique, made by you using the best Belgian couverture.

BOOK NOW for Renaissance Chocolates hand-made Easter Truffle Making Classes.

Learn the art of chocolate making from the region’s best-known artisan chocolate makers.

This 3 hour class is a great way to learn the basic skill of chocolate truffle making and have loads of fun decorating your truffles in a fun Easter style. No pressure – only amateurs accepted!!  Taste! Experience! Create!!

Classes limited to four students.  Take home 2 dozen Easter truffles or Chocsicles that you have created. $75 per person.  Morning tea included, plus take home tips and techniques.  Also available for purchase on the day are supplies for you to make more of your creations at home.  Dates available include :  Sat March 22 and 29 plus Sat April 5 and 12 – 9.30am – 12.30pm.  Please enquire if your group of four would like an alternative date.  


If you just don’t have time to make your own handmade EASTER truffles place your order PRIOR TO MONDAY APRIL 7!!  Box of 8 including flavors of Caramel, Honey, Hot Cross Buns and Muscat, beautifully handcrafted and decorated – $18 per box

Pick up available from Renaissance Chocolates from Saturday April 12 onwards.



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