CHERYL BALIAN

FrontRunners: Tasteful Architecture

The culinary elves at Eleni’s (212.255.7990, http://www.elenis.com), a gourmet Manhattan bakery, will not bake you an ordinary gingerbread house this holiday season—that is, unless you happen to live in an ordinary house. They will create a custom gingerbread house that is an exact confectionery replica of your house by blending their skills in baking and […]

FrontRunners: Chocolate Salut

Sophisticated chocoholics know where to get their fix, and it has nothing to do with a trip to Pennsylvania. Those who take their cocoa as seriously as their wine have come to appreciate the gastronomic standards implemented by France’s Valrhona chocolatiers (310.277.0401, http://www.valrhona.com).   The company employs the same cultivation techniques as fine wine producers […]