William Dean Chocolates located in Belleair Bluffs, Florida (which is near Tampa Bay, Florida) will be one of the numerous food suppliers for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire according to this article written by the Tampa Bay Times.
Bill Brown chugged Diet Mountain Dew and blasted the air conditioning as he started out from Belleair Bluffs toward Atlanta at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. His white Honda Pilot SUV was brimming with 500 to 600 hand-stenciled William Dean chocolates, 300 macarons, 150 florentine cookies, nougat, fruit jellies and bar chocolates, all nestled among gel ice packs.
His destination: the film set of Catching Fire, sequel to The Hunger Games, based on the popular book series.
William Dean’s unique chocolates, seven of them, had a quick cameo in the first film
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As well all know, food is such a big part in the series in general but specifically in Catching Fire, while they are at President Snow’s mansion party, the prep team give Katniss that special drink that all the Capitol citizen drink to make themselves vomit to be able to enjoy more of the delicious food.
There’s a big scene where there’s a feast, with table after table of food. I got to walk through the tables where the feast will be filmed, but it was just empty tables. The whole point of the scene is to be gluttonous.
The article goes on to says that this is the same company they used for the first movie:
While Brown has no assurance that his candies won’t end up on the cutting room floor, he’s at least confident that the stars — including such big names as Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci and Liam Hemsworth — will sample his wares.
“Jack White said to make sure the chocolates and cookies were edible because the stars want to eat them.”
This week, Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (Hoffman’s character) may be nibbling florentines stenciled with a Hunger Games logo, but the fate of William Dean chocolates won’t be known until the film’s release in November 2013.
Brown says it took five to six employees about two days to make the products he drove to Atlanta, the whole carload ringing in at about $2,000 retail. Still, he didn’t present a bill to the producers of Catching Fire.
“We had seven chocolates in the first movie and have the potential for more than 1,000 in the second. . . . For a small company like us to get something like this — that is huge.”
I went ahead and checked out their site and looked at some of the sweets they had and saved a few of the pictures looked very Capitol-ish! Check out the picture and let me know which one you would like to try.
I think I’ll even make the 4ish hour trip one weekend to Tampa just to try these out! Yum!