A grandmother from Mississippi has told how her family is enjoying the delicious flavours of traditional desserts in New York.
New Orleans is home to the best chocolate and sweet chocolate in the US and this year has become a holiday season for families and friends.
Grandma Marie Mascarenhas and her family have made a special contribution to the New York City community by bringing traditional New Orleans desserts to New York’s Disneyland.
Mascarenha says her family has been trying to recreate the New Orleans culinary tradition of making sweet and savoury desserts in her kitchen since she moved to New Orleans in 1986.
“I was trying to teach my husband and daughter how to make chocolate pudding and a sweet chocolate and we started this family-owned business and now we are the best sweets makers in the country,” she said.
The family began making chocolate desserts at their family home in rural New Orleans but expanded into a larger baking business and opened a new bakery in New Jersey.
Since then, they have expanded their range of desserts to include desserts such as chocolate fudge cakes, brownies and cakes with coconut whipped cream and other desserts including chocolates and candies.
Mrs Mascares is a native New Orleanian, from the town of New Bordeaux where her father was a police officer and mother a seamstress.
In 2012 she became the first woman in New England to be inducted into the Louisiana Culinary Hall of Fame.
She is also a member of the Louisiana Restaurant Association’s Southern Food Hall of Famer and the Louisiana Association of Culinary Professionals.
It was not easy for Mrs Mascare to open a business in New Orleans and it took her two decades to get her business up and running.
Ms Mascaria has also made a number of special contributions to New Orlese culture, including serving as a member and trustee of the New Orleans Cultural Heritage Commission.
Her mother and sister are also in the Louisiana Cultural Heritage Hall of Famers and her grandchildren also are in the New LeBaron Culinary Heritage Hall.
At the time of this article, the Mascarianas were celebrating the birthday of their granddaughter, Emma.
Emma Mascarie is the granddaughter of Mr and Mrs John Mascarles, who came to New Le Baron in the 1960s and opened the first chocolate shop in New Bandon in 1967.
Emma is also the granddaughter and sister of the late John M. Mascari, a former president of the Culinary Guild of America.
They were also the first couple to have a daughter, Charlotte Mascara, who has become the principal cook at the Mascalares bakery.
New Orleans is also home to several food-related events such as New Orleans Food & Wine Festival and the Taste of New Orleans Festival, which is one of the largest festivals of food and wine in the United States.
On Valentine’s Day, the city celebrated a special anniversary by having a parade of thousands of people in the streets and on the streets of New York and New Orleans, and people took to the streets to sing and dance.