1. What is the name of your shop or business and what do you sell?
Our business is called "Sweet! Brigadeiros".
We make traditional Brazilian Truffles (Brigadeiros) and some other Traditional Brazilian delicacies, such as Pão de Mel (Honey Cake) and Pão de Queijo ( gluten free cheese buns).
2. Where are you located? or where do you sell?
We sell at farmer's markets: Covent Garden on Thursdays and Saturdays, Masonville on Fridays, and Stratford on Sundays (Slow Food Market).
We also accept orders for all types of events: private (weddings, showers, birthdays, graduations) or corporate (fundraisers, luncheons, gifts, promotions).
3. Do you have your own website/store or online link?
4. How long have you been doing your craft/art and how did you get started?
We are two Brazilian friends who have always made Brigadeiros for our families and friends, maintaining a Brazilian tradition.
As our Canadian friends learned to love them as much as we do, around two years ago we decided it was time to share our much-loved (and delicious) treats with everyone; thus, Sweet! Brigadeiros was born.
5. Who or what inspires you to create?
Our desire is to share our Brazilian culture beyond samba and soccer to include some of the most popular Brazilian delicacies.
6. Do you listen to music when you work, and if so what kind?
All the time!
We are quite eclectic in our tastes, but Brazilian music comes first (bossa nova) then jazz, classic and rock.
7. What do you like least/most about your craft/art?
What we like least is carrying the canopy and all our other equipment to the outdoor markets; but once we're set up, it's most enjoyable meeting and interacting with customers and sharing a bit of our culture.
8. Describe your workspace?
We work in a commercial kitchen where we have all the facilities we need. It is a small space but everything is readily at hand and well organized, so our production flows easily and efficiently.
9. What is one of your best moments as a crafter/artist?
The best part, for me, is when we come up with an idea for a new flavour (which happens all the time!). We start testing it, adjusting the ingredients until our taste buds are satisfied.
It's amazing how many different flavours you can create with chocolate as a base; from fruit to nuts and our latest creation using beer.
There's no shortage of ingredients to explore!
10. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting their own craft business?
I think that we are too new in the business to give much advice, but I feel that if you are passionate about your product and really enjoy what you do, you will be successful.