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About Valerie

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From a childhood love of decadent sweets, Valerie developed a lifelong passion for discovering and creating delicious moments with food. She has forged a varied and unique career, equally adept at running fine restaurants as she is working in a busy kitchen.

After spending her formative culinary years in San Francisco, amidst the early days of the farm-to-table movement, she relocated to Los Angeles to run the fabled Les Deux Cafes, one of the most celebrated (and missed) restaurants in Hollywood history.

Entirely self-trained, she left Les Deux and founded her namesake confectionary in 2004, with her partner Stan.  Since that time, Valerie Confections has become recognized as one of the top artisan chocolatiers in the country, known for her modern interpretation of classic chocolates and confections, elegantly packaged for gifting.

Never content to rest on her laurels, and always interested in absorbing and exploring the world around her through food, Valerie continually expands the breadth of the company. In 2009, Valerie introduced a line of Classic California Cakes paying homage to bygone bakeries (including the beloved Blum’s bakery of Valerie’s childhood). She then developed a line of preserves, which were subsequently named “Best in Los Angeles” by Los Angeles Magazine. In addition to selling the preserves at local farmer’s markets, they are available in Dean & Deluca locations nationwide. More recently, she has collaborated with the renowned Los Angeles firm Commune Design, on three chocolate collections.

Valerie Confections has been recognized in many national media outlets, including Vogue, House & Garden, Newsweek, In Style, USA Today, Chocolatier, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Town & Country, and the nationally syndicated radio programs The Splendid Table and Good Food.

Valerie Confections has been featured on The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, and the Food Network’s The BestThing I Ever Ate. Valerie was also a featured guest on two episodes of Top Chef: Just Desserts. Her recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, notably Food & Wine, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The

Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, Daily Candy and Food & Wine.  Her first cook book was released by Artisan Publishing in 2013.

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In July 2004, @sweightmanjr and I jumped off a cliff and landed in the world of small business. We set up licenses and permits and from our small apartment created this thing called Valerie Confections. Over the last 14+ years, we have taken endless twists and turns in this journey but always tried to keep with the original vision of creating delicious moments for our customers. We hand tie those bows and offer samples to every guest. Stop by today to have a sweet bite and support your local small business! #smallbusinesssaturday  #handmadeinlaHappy Thanksgiving! After making endless chocolates, petits fours, cookies, cakes and PIES this week we are getting ready to take off our aprons for a day of fun and feasting. We are open today at Valerie Confections, Valerie Echo Park and @grandcentralmarketla for all of your last minute Thanksgiving needs. Wishing all of you and safe and happy holiday!Need a delicious and easy recipe for dessert? Try this Pumpkin Teacake with CHOCOLATE and Rye Crumble...#ad...@samsungus partnered with me to share this recipe for friends everywhere...click on my story highlights #MadeWithSamsung for the recipe and bake one this week! Perfect for the Thanksgiving table and Teatime.

#MadeWithSamsungMore from the Great Pie Workshop of 2018! The home of @designlovefest  provided the loveliest backdrop and @samsungus #ad Flex Duo Oven baked everything to a luscious Maui tan...glorious times for sure. Pop over to the @designlovefest blog for the recipes and get to baking!

#MadeWithSamsungIt's peak pie season! To celebrate I got together with @designlovefest  and @samsungus #ad for a pie workshop where we created this 😍😍buttery(!) roasted grape galette, layered apple caramel pies and more. Get in the kitchen and bake!!! #MadeWithSamsungHappy National Chocolate Day!! Here's the scoop....pop over to our website and get 25% off orders over $60. Enter code CHOCDAY25 They call this a Flash Sale with online exclusivity. 📸@missimish