Chef Katherine Clapner
is the visionary of the entire Dude, Sweet Chocolate concept, as well as co-founder, co-owner, and Chef of the company itself. Having over twenty years of experience as a pastry chef, Katherine is a force to be reckoned with in the kitchen. The rest of Katherine’s story is no less impressive.
Coming out of the Culinary Institute of America in New York with an associate’s degree in baking and pastry, Katherine headed overseas and got to work. Her first stop in Europe was the Savoy in London, followed a few years later with Windsor Court Hotel, Hotel Splendido and Hotel Cipriani under the Orient Express umbrella. She trained and held Pastry Chef positions at Four Seasons Hotel (Chicago), Charlie Trotter's (Chicago), Bread with Appeal (Chicago), Kevin Graham (New Orleans), Stephan Pyles (Dallas), Hilton Hotel Convention Center(Austin) and Central Market. She has contributed recipes and consulted with Wholesome Sweeteners, Southwest Vegetarian, PF Changs, Texas HoneyBee Guild and Rocky Mountain High Brands.
In The Press
Dessert Professional Magazine named Katherine one of their Top 10 Chefs for 2012 and she was featured on Chuck’s Eat the Street in 2014, “Beat Bobby Flay''. Wusthof Knives chose Katherine as a spokesperson and featured chef for their brand (2013-2020). Her diverse collaborations have a wide range including Jim Beam, Breckenridge Distillery, Laphroig, Whistlepig Whiskey, Desert Door Sotol, Angel's Envy Rye Whiskey, Dorcol Spirits, Wynona Orchards, Yaupon Tea, Rahr Brewery, Pork Council, World’s Craziest Funerals, Meatfight, Staff Meal, The Flaming Lips, and Valrhona chocolate.
Clapner, who now has one store in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, a full production kitchen / packaging and even facility, is usually found in the kitchen surrounded by an apothecaries’ treasure trove of plants, jams, vinegars, spices that friends bring her back from their travels, and a staff she adores. She remains an active part of the local food community, consulting and eating with some of Texas's greatest culinary luminaries.
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well. I'd review the Albatross Fudge if I ever got the chance to taste it.....My husband hoards it like it was gold. He tells me it's fabulous and addictive. So, you'll have to take his word for it.
I bought these as a gift for a family friend who had helped out with some handyman stuff around my house. He LOVED them. I've had them before, so I knew they would be a hit. It's great to give these delicious truffles as a unique gift for chocolate lovers. Oh, I failed to mention that he's a chocolate lover.
As always, the chocolates are amazing! Will be ordering another box for Xmas!
Order was processed and delivered in 2 days! Highly Recommended all of Dudes products bb
The Envy of all fudge is fabulous!!
We visited Dallas for first time recently . My family loves chocolate, but I’m vegan. I went into the shop and was surprised to find these truffles 100% vegan!!!! They are totally totally delicious! Smooth and creamy. Went back to Houston and now I’m ordering more online!
The name pretty-much speaks for itself.. beyond amazing. The best chocolate I have ever tasted.
I really liked the unique balance of rich chocolate and jasmine. It went great with my expresso just down the street at Wild Detectives. Thank you for letting me sample a couple of options before choosing!
If you are looking for one more addiction in your life, then throw down a bag of these! If I am within six blocks of Dude Sweet I cannot avoid going there to pick up, at a minimum, one of these bags. Frankly, I will never buy just one again!! Try them and thank me later!
What a box of delicious and haunting treats! My kids devoured this in seconds - the skulls were a huge hit. Plus popcorn! Love it.
This delicious , rich , flavorful bar was literally the category of chocolate I needed. Not too sweet, but a great chocolate taste, with perfect texture.
I enjoyed it so much that I felt guilty not sharing it with my husband. I have to make sure to buy another one just for him.
This drinking chocolate is beyond comparison with any "cocoa powder" I've had. It's not a hot chocolate. It's velvety and delicious. I like to mix it with my coffee for a delightful morning.
I like it, it's not too sweet
Wow! So yummy