When it comes to National S’mores Day, there’s no better place to be than at The Resort at Paws Up. Around here, the day is anything but ordinary. Paws Up is known for having certified s’moreologists on staff, and it’s something we don’t take lightly—so of course we’ll be throwing an all-out celebration of the ooey, gooey and irresistible graham-cracker treat. The day culminates in a grand competition to make the best gourmet s’more. The winner earns the coveted title of Paws Up s’moreologist, plus unlimited bragging rights amongst all of our s’more lovers on hand
For 2020, Paws Up welcomes chocolatier Jessica Foster of the award-winning Santa Barbara candy boutique Jessica Foster Confections. Foster knows a thing or two about chocolate. She’s been making her famed truffles since opening her business’s doors in 2003. She’ll be on hand to help pick the winning s’moreologist and no doubt guide each s’more maker along the way to perfecting each piece of chocolate-y, melty, yummy goodness.
To say Jessica Foster makes truffles is bit like saying Julia Child dabbled in French cuisine. Foster has raised the art of truffle making to an epicurean art form. She’s constantly on the prowl for new ways to infuse Belgian chocolates with her blends of exotic teas, herbs and spices to create intriguing concoctions, such as milk chocolate star anise and thyme. Her love of artisanal foods and the process of making something special by hand harkens back to being raised on California’s Central Coast, where farmer’s markets abound. While shopping these days, Foster searches for fresh herbs and ripe fruits to create flavors such as dark chocolate orange or white chocolate lavender, delicious combinations that reflect Santa Barbara’s coastal bounty.
Previously, as a pastry chef at top local Santa Barbara restaurants, Foster learned the crucial culinary skills needed to master working with chocolate. In 2003, she launched Jessica Foster Confections, crafting truffle creations coveted by chocolate lovers around the country.