Written by Georgi DeMartino, email@example.com Friday, 01 February 2013 00:00
The Chocolate Lady, a small business that can satisfy any chocolate craving, had its grand re-opening in Buckingham’s of Oyster Bay, on Jan. 17. The event opening brought members from the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce together, as well as supporters from the community. Legislator Judy Jacobs was also on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to present a citation.
There were more than 25 different types of chocolate to pick and choose from, in addition to premade boxes, with selections that ranged from simple milk chocolate to sea-salted caramel chocolate.
The Chocolate Lady will be participating in the 2nd Annual Valentine’s Day Festival on Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. This feast will give community members a chance to celebrate the holiday with their family, instead of just a significant other.
Lee Perrotta, owner of The Chocolate Lady, believes that chocolate is not only positive for a person’s body and soul, but it also benefits the economy. Perrotta first discovered her love for the art of chocolate while teaching culinary school.
She has since embraced chocolate, and can do almost anything with it, from the basic hot chocolate beverage, to chocolate portraits and sculptures.
Each year she goes to the West Indies to see the production of the chocolate and what it is going to look like for the upcoming year.
“I go every year because it’s who I am,” said Perrotta. She learned shortly after realizing her love for chocolate that the fascination has been in the family for generations. Her great-great aunt was the original Chocolate Lady.
Her dream in life is to open a Chocolate Lady Museum and Institute for Learning, where she would have tours, lectures, children’s labs, and guest speakers.
Long time friend Jeremy Brown says Perrotta has a “fighting spirit” and is proud of all she has accomplished.
“Lee has become quite the pillar in the community, as a very involved business owner. We love having her with us,” said Michelle Browner, Oyster Bay East Norwich Chamber of Commerce president.