Sweet Party for a Sweet Book
Kate Hopkins, stand up comic and author of 99 Drams of Whiskey: The Accidental Hedonist's Quest for the Perfect Shotand The Histroy of The Drink recently held the launch party for her latest book, Sweet Tooth: The Bittersweet History of Candy at Theo Chocolate, over in Fremont. Not only did Hopkins offer readings from her book, but one-of-a-kind confections and chocolates were handed out to guests throughout the evening.
Attendees partake in the free candy for the evening. It was only fitting that the book party be held at Theo, a local, organic, and fair trade chocolate producer - Hopkins states that a candy company must have 3 characteristics in order to earn her approval: 1. Respect of ingredients and all people involved in the process. 2. Sense of community. 3. Sense of fun.
Growing up, Hopkins' view of Easter was that Jesus came to her home, threw eggs all over the place, and apologized by leaving baskets of candy. She discussed in depth, her view of holidays as a child (which involved mainly candy) to her more cynical of holidays as an adult.
A special batch of Torrone, inspired by the book, was made by Theo for the evening and of course, sampled by guests.
Hopkins speaks with a fan after her reading. When asked what her favorite candy was growing up, she replied, "Any candy my siblings didn't have".