Meet Tom Sciascia, an oil painter and graphic artist who after 9/11 turned to making exquisite chocolate truffles. I profile him and his company, The Painted Truffle, in the November 9 issue of US 1 because Sciascia (a good Sicilian name pronounced sha-sha) will be doling out samples of his cabernet and Scotch cordial truffles at the Junior League of Greater Princeton’s Artful Palate fundraiser on Friday, November 11 at the Trenton Country Club. Sciascia, who produces about 2,000 hand-dipped, all natural truffles a week from a 500-square-foot “chocolate studio” in North Wales, PA, also sells his wares online and at my favorite year-round indoor farmers market, the Stockton Farm Market, as well as through his website.
Some interesting facts: Sciascia grew up in tiny New Village, NJ, where the cornfields that surround his childhood home became the subject of his large, realist oil paintings. The Painted Truffle supports some good causes, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Rainforest Alliance. Proceeds from the Junior League event go to their ROCKETS project, which provides fun, hands-on math and science activities to at-risk preschoolers.