Kristin & Dean Bingham
A little about the Artist
When we started making truffles in our home kitchen in 2004, it was a hobby, a way to treat our friends and family to something special—and enjoy a few ourselves, of course. Before long, we were hearing the same response over and over: These are so good. You should start a business.
So we did!
Twelve years after opening our first shop, our kitchen has gotten a bit bigger (it’s a commercial kitchen—with lots of fun gadgets). We’ve also expanded to two locations in Portland. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to making handcrafted sweets using only the best ingredients.
About their Business
How do you train to become an expert truffle-maker? By spending 40 years as an architect, of course!
Really, my passion for sweets goes back—way back. Recently, while rummaging through some boxes in my basement, I came across a photo of a chocolate potluck I hosted sometime in the early ‘80s. I had no idea it would one day become my career—and a rewarding one at that.
While working in Blue Hill, Maine, I used to make truffles as gifts for friends and family, experimenting with different techniques and flavors. Like architecture, truffle-making requires a sense of aesthetics and design—and a laser-like attention to detail.
In my free time (which varies greatly by season), you can find me riding my bike, frequently accompanied by Kristin—except on my two solo cross-country rides to benefit the National MS Society.
Back when we first started our business, I couldn’t have dreamed our chocolates would be such a big hit. Now, I get to share my passion with you. Best of all, I get to do it with my life partner, Kristin, by my side.