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 Molded Chocolate Food Network Visits The Chocolate Vault, Chocolate Turkeys, Chocolate Thanksgiving
FOOD NETWORK VISITS THE CHOCOLATE VAULT


 
 
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Cable television's Food Network visits the Chocolate Vault to film segment for fall broadcast
by Deb Wuethrich July 25, 2002
DOWNTOWN TECUMSEH’S CHOCOLATE VAULT AT 110 W. CHICAGO BOULEVARD
A few years ago, Jim and Barb McCann were urged to make their Chocolate Vault business available to Internet customers.
"It's the way to go," people said.

"I didn't even know how to turn it on," Barb said. Still, she and Jim decided to heed the advice. She learned to design and maintain a website that has become so large their son, Rob McCann, helps maintain it from Florida. Barb said she also has worked very hard to ensure their business is one of the first to be listed on the screen when key words are typed into the search engines. Words like "chocolate turkeys." That's how Laney McVicar, a producer for cable's New York City based Food Network, found the McCanns.
McVicar heads High Noon Productions, based in Colorado, and was hired to put together a Thanksgiving special for the Food Network's "Unwrapped" series to be aired this November. She said the one-hour show includes peeks at the making of food from the traditional holiday menu, but she wanted to include some fun, quirky things as well. McVicar began an on-line search for a novelty chocolate maker who might make chocolate turkeys, and voila! Tecumseh's Chocolate Vault fit the bill.
On July 18, McVicar and Detroit videographer Reid Riddell, who had done other work for the network, spent the day in Tecumseh in the Chocolate Vault kitchen. They taped as Jim demonstrated the process, from filling the molds to the trimming operation. They proceeded to a behind-the-scenes look at the packaging process then went on to front-of-the-store sales. The crew was there 13 hours, but the segment to be viewed by a national audience will encompass less than four minutes. Still, the couple is pleased to have the exposure.
"It was a lot of fun," Jim said. He said he was not uncomfortable under the lights during the shooting, and the crew was very organized so things flowed smoothly.
"It was good they were so personable," he said of spending that many hours in the small space with the duo.
Barb said they were asked to prepare a few finished and partially finished samples ahead of time, mainly to speed things up, so viewers can see instant results, such as when a TV chef pulls a finished product from the oven two seconds after preparing it.
McVicar said the chocolate novelty business seems to be really catching on in popularity.
"I think what they're doing is really fun," she said of her impressions from the Chocolate Vault shoot. "I'm sure seasonal chocolates during the holidays are a hit." She said she thought the big 3-D turkey would make a great Thanksgiving centerpiece you could then eat for dessert.
Food Network crews often get samples wherever they do shows, from factories to mom and pop operations, and McVicar said seeing what goes on behind the scenes is as fun for them as it is for the audiences who watch the shows.
"It's especially fun when the samples are chocolate," she confided then glanced down at her waistline. "Dangerous, too."

The air date for the special that will include scenes from The Chocolate Vault has not yet been set. Readers might want to pull up schedule information on www.foodnetwork.com as the holiday approaches.


JIM McCANN FILMED WHILE FINISHING
A CHOCOLATE TURKEY


©Tecumseh Herald 2002

 

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