Jim Guittard’s Place

TO THE EDITOR: Bulgarian Teachers

Posted in Bulgaria, Society by guittard on October 26, 2007

The teacher is a human whose work is to teach somebody something. The Bulgarian teacher from the olden times leaves a big mark on teachers nowadays in the way to transmit culture to the students.

Because of those teachers in the olden times, we retain our nation and culture.

Every human passes through the school system and takes from it: knowledge and goodness. Only a teacher knows how much it takes to give the best to the student. Not everyone can be a teacher because even now there are teachers who don’t think about the way that they give information to the student. The teacher wouldn’t make mistakes if he or she knew what he or she was doing.

If a teacher is good with us, we will remember him for a long time. But we won’t remember for long the teacher who is always angry and bad and doesn’t provide much of a good experience. The human who gives all of his self and all that he knows, this is the Bulgarian teacher.

Many students don’t give much energy to learning, so they, too, are a good reason for a teacher to be bad. Nobody thinks about how much the Bulgarian teacher is giving and what he gets for all his work. The students and other people don’t think about what they are given and what they get from the Bulgarian teacher.

They are the people with big hearts and knowledge and little payment.

Why don’t we think about it?

Albert Krumov
11th grade
Simeon Radev School
Pernik

(I helped my student write this to the Sofia Echo about the ongoing Bulgarian teacher strike.)
http://www.sofiaecho.com/article/to-the-editor-bulgarian-teachers/id_25729/catid_27

England Podcast With My Song

Posted in Music by guittard on October 22, 2007

I was pleasantly surprised to see that Cold Citrus Radio Podcast from England included one of my songs. It’s an indie type program. Make sure to listen to the break after the fourth song. There is a reference about Bulgaria.

You can listen here:

Cold Citrus Radio 22

Here’s the track list of show:

16th August 2007
Recorded on a very gloomy August day the music is anything but…

Yeah, Oh Yeah – The Magnetic Fields
Breaking The Language Barrier – Jim Guittard
Wolf Like Me – TV On The Radio
The Complete Love Story – Ambra Red
White Wedding – The Harvey Girls
Your Rocky Spine – Great Lake Swimmers
Government Administrator – Eggs
Hear No Bullshit – Credit To The Nation & Chumbawamba
Unemployed in Summertime – Emiliana Torrini
Time Is Never Wasted – The Belvederes
Comfort Eagle – CAKE
The Dark of the Matinée – Coco Freeman
Calvary – Bossanova
Loop A Loop – The Crimea
Airbag – Doveman

Thanks Shaun.
Cold Citrus

Guittard Chocolate Factory

Posted in Family by guittard on October 5, 2007


In the 1850’s, Etienne Guittard embarked on an arduous journey from France to America. It was during the California Gold Rush, and in just a few short years, while still in his twenties, this adventuresome Frenchman struck gold on the rough and tumble streets of early San Francisco.

An experienced chocolate maker, Etienne had brought delicious French chocolate to trade for mining supplies, but soon discovered that wealthy miners were willing to pay premium prices for this elegant treat. Etienne sailed back to Tournus, France, where he worked in his uncle’s chocolate factory until he could afford to buy his own chocolate making equipment. In 1868, he returned to San Francisco and opened Guittard Chocolate on Sansome Street.

In no time, San Francisco became one of the great chocolate manufacturing centers in America, where ships from exotic regions
of the world brought their cacao beans to market. Of the original
family-owned companies that brought commerce and culture to the dusty, often lawless streets of early San Francisco, Guittard Chocolate Company is the only one that remains family-owned.


For Horace C. Guittard, who succeeded his father, Etienne, running the Guittard Chocolate Company would be no less challenging. Along with most of San Francisco, the legendary 1906 earthquake destroyed the family business. Undaunted, Horace quickly rebuilt on Main Street, near the Embarcadero, where he introduced coffee, tea and spices to the family’s offering of fine chocolate.


Horace’s son, Horace A. Guittard, became President of the company in 1950 and relocated the factory to Burlingame in 1955, where it became and still remains one of the foremost suppliers of fine chocolate to acclaimed professionals in pastry, confectionery and ice cream trades. Though Horace A. was instrumental in bringing the company into the era of automation, he continued to operate in the old-world tradition, producing small, carefully tended batches of chocolate and working closely with customers, tailoring products according to their needs. This visionary approach placed the Guittard Chocolate Company at the forefront of innovation for several American food trends.


One of Guittard’s earliest and perhaps most important innovations was their proprietary Guittard Sweet Ground Chocolate, which was used by San Francisco’s Cliff House at the turn of the century and later sponsored a popular radio show. Cliff House Vanilla, a specialty using Guittard Sweet Ground Chocolate, may have been the forerunner of today’s trendy cafe mochas. Guittard milk chocolate chips, white chips and super-sized chips were other notable innovations as was the idea of truffles, which Guittard passed along to some of their confectionary customers.


As the oldest family owned and operated chocolate company in the US, a new generation now continues to grow the company with the same indomitable spirit that has made the Guittard Chocolate Company one of the world’s most respected purveyors of premium chocolate.

(source: http://www.guittard.com/home/guittard_history.html )