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1222075 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-03-27 02:22:28.0 UTC 2012-03-26T22:22:28.000-04:00 william-dean-chocolates-owner-says-his-are-killer-truffles-of-hunger-games Published 2012-03-27 03:10:11.0 UTC 2012-03-26T23:10:11.000-04:00 features/food/general DTI 90115365 About 30 minutes into the mega-blockbuster film Hunger Games, Bill Brown, the owner of William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs, felt his seatmates elbow him in the sides. Up on the screen were several of his handmade chocolate truffles. Like a parent knows the face of his own child, Brown recognized the green and yellow pattern he and employee Wyatt Rachal painstakingly hand-paint on the top of the lemongrass and coconut truffle; the marble swirl of purple, bronze and red on the PB&J; the purple dotted port with fig; and the lavender truffle in a delicate butterfly shape. It was the scene in the train where protagonist Katniss and love interest Peeta are bound for the Capitol and a fate uncertain. Laid out before them are the most opulent foods imaginable, including about a dozen chocolates on a silver tray at the center of the screen. But at the Friday night screening, the vision of his chocolates in a supporting role was over in a matter of seconds. Brown contacted the film's food stylist, Jack White, who has worked on more than 75 Hollywood films. "He said he purchased chocolates at the Dean & Deluca in Charlotte, N.C. (the movie was filmed in Hildebran, N.C., about an hour outside of Charlotte), and we sell our chocolates there," Brown says. Reached by phone Monday, White could not confirm the origin of the chocolates — only that they were not purchased directly from William Dean. "Foods for the film were sourced by several different people locally in Charlotte, including Dean & Deluca. Some foods we made, and other things were flown in from Los Angeles." Not content to live with the uncertainty, Brown went back to the Largo Mall on Monday afternoon to see his chocolates' cameo again. "There's zero doubt in my mind. The first time I saw it, it was a lot to take in. I wasn't expecting it. But now that I know they're there, it's easier to spot." It's not the chocolates' first brush with fame. Actor Mo'Nique and singer Kelly Clarkson have each sampled William Dean sweets, which have won dozens of awards in national and international competitions. "I don't want to be in a movie, but if my chocolates make it, that's okay," says Brown like a proud papa. But unlike the Hunger Games, "you don't have to kill anyone to have our chocolates here." Laura Reiley can be reached at lreiley@tampabay.com or (727) 892-2293. By Laura Reiley, Times Food Critic General,Food,Features William Dean Chocolates owner says his are killer truffles of 'Hunger Games' Laura Reiley A local chocolatier says he spies his truffles. 4STB Main Killer chocolates of 'Hunger Games' <p><b>. </b><b>if you go</b></p><p><b>William Dean Chocolates</b></p><p>The shop is at 2790 W Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs; (727) 593-0656; williamdeanchocolates.com. Individual chocolates start at about $2.</p> 1 WilliamDean032712.4st Killer chocolates of 'Hunger Games' 2012-03-27 04:00:00.0 UTC 2012-03-27T00:00:00.000-04:00 William Dean, Hunger Games false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2012/03/26/90115365-william-dean-chocolates-owner-says-his-are-killer-truffles-of-hunger-games StaffArticle 2012-11-18 12:45:12.0 UTC 2012-11-18T07:45:12.000-05:00 features,foodFoodAbout 30 minutes into the mega-blockbuster film Hunger Games, Bill Brown, the owner of William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs, felt his seatmates elbow him in the sides.William Dean, Hunger GamesLaura Reiley 380282 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:38:16.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:16.000-04:00 laura-reiley published 2013-02-13 18:30:11.0 UTC 2013-02-13T13:30:11.000-05:00 Laura Reiley <p>Laura Reiley is the <i>Tampa Bay </i><i>Times' </i>restaurant critic and a former critic for the <i>San Francisco Chronicle </i>and the <i>Baltimore Sun.</i> She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: <i>Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast.</i> She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy.</p> Times Food Critic writers DTI 33745760 Laura Reiley is the Tampa Bay Times' restaurant critic and a former critic for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Baltimore Sun. She is the author of four books in the Moon Handbook series: Florida Gulf Coast; Walt Disney World and Orlando; Tampa and St. Petersburg; and the Paradise Coast. She has cooked professionally and is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy. <p>Phone: (727) 892-2293</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:lreiley@tampabay.com ">lreiley@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/lreiley">@LReiley</a></p> 1 resources/images/dti/2012/10/Reiley_Laura.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745760-laura-reiley AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:38:16.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:38:16.000-04:00 <span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">LAURA REILEY</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Times Food Critic 2276530 2016-05-09 14:10:05.0 UTC 3 Months Ago after-years-of-work-the-truffle-market-is-booming-in-aragon-spain things-to-do/food/cooking After years of work, the truffle market is booming in Aragon, Spain StaffArticle 2264526 2016-02-08 13:26:05.0 UTC 7 Months Ago taste-test-chocolate-muffins things-to-do/food/tastetest Taste test: chocolate muffins StaffArticle 2284913 2016-07-11 14:02:53.0 UTC 1 Month Ago taste-test-chocolate-sauces things-to-do/food/tastetest Taste test: chocolate sauces StaffArticle <p>About 30 minutes into the mega-blockbuster film <i>Hunger Games</i>, Bill Brown, the owner of William Dean Chocolates in Belleair Bluffs, felt his seatmates elbow him in the sides.</p> <p>Up on the screen were several of his handmade chocolate truffles.</p> <p>Like a parent knows the face of his own child, Brown recognized the green and yellow pattern he and employee Wyatt Rachal painstakingly hand-paint on the top of the lemongrass and coconut truffle; the marble swirl of purple, bronze and red on the PB&amp;J; the purple dotted port with fig; and the lavender truffle in a delicate butterfly shape.</p> <p>It was the scene in the train where protagonist Katniss and love interest Peeta are bound for the Capitol and a fate uncertain. Laid out before them are the most opulent foods imaginable, including about a dozen chocolates on a silver tray at the center of the screen. But at the Friday night screening, the vision of his chocolates in a supporting role was over in a matter of seconds.</p> <p>Brown contacted the film's food stylist, Jack White, who has worked on more than 75 Hollywood films.</p> <p>&quot;He said he purchased chocolates at the Dean &amp; Deluca in Charlotte, N.C. (the movie was filmed in Hildebran, N.C., about an hour outside of Charlotte), and we sell our chocolates there,&quot; Brown says.</p> <p>Reached by phone Monday, White could not confirm the origin of the chocolates — only that they were not purchased directly from William Dean.</p> <p>&quot;Foods for the film were sourced by several different people locally in Charlotte, including Dean &amp; Deluca. Some foods we made, and other things were flown in from Los Angeles.&quot;</p> <p>Not content to live with the uncertainty, Brown went back to the Largo Mall on Monday afternoon to see his chocolates' cameo again.</p> <p>&quot;There's zero doubt in my mind. The first time I saw it, it was a lot to take in. I wasn't expecting it. But now that I know they're there, it's easier to spot.&quot;</p> <p>It's not the chocolates' first brush with fame. Actor Mo'Nique and singer Kelly Clarkson have each sampled William Dean sweets, which have won dozens of awards in national and international competitions.</p> <p>&quot;I don't want to be in a movie, but if my chocolates make it, that's okay,&quot; says Brown like a proud papa.</p> <p>But unlike the <i>Hunger Games</i>, &quot;you don't have to kill anyone to have our chocolates here.&quot;</p> <p><i>Laura Reiley can be reached at lreiley@tampabay.com or </i> <i>(727) 892-2293.</i></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:46:30