For nearly 20 years Sonoma County native Lucy Gustafson has been giving away chocolates confections by the dozens of dozens for appreciative friends and family. After making more than 500 truffles last Christmas, Gustafson decided to enroll herself in the Ecole Chocolat’s professional chocolatier program and make her part-time
passion a full-time calling.

This weekend, she opens Recherche du Plaisir, a Parisian-style confiserie (aka a sweet shop) in Santa Rosa
(3401 Cleveland Ave., Suite 9, 843-3551) featuring truffles (white chocolate with ginger cinnamon and honey; milk chocolate with peppermint; Calvados infused dark chocolate ganache among them), butter caramels, French style macarons and Linzer cookies.

Grand opening on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 1-4pm.