Chocolate-y News and Events

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Photo from Neo Cocoa.

All kinds of chocolate-related events are happening this month: Madécasse is having a free launch party this Thursday June 10th from 7pm-9pm at The Hub in SoMa. Madécasse was started by two former Peace Corps volunteers and is one of the only bean-to-bar chocolates made entirely in Madagascar (most companies buy the beans from Africa, but then process them in factories in Europe or America). Each chocolate bar brings to Madagascar over four times as much income as fair trade chocolate. The first 200 people to register for the free event get a chance to win free chocolate (pick up your chocolate at the event)! More info and register here.

Gourmet Walks is planning a summer of “Celebrity Chocolate Tours.” On four different dates, local chocolatiers will accompany their chocolate tour and give their own input on chocolate production, ingredients, competitive offerings, and more. And they’ll be bringing samples, of course. Those of you who enjoyed the all-ganache Neo Cocoa truffles at my recent Books Inc. Castro reading will want to take the tour on June 18th, which will feature chocolate maker Christine Doerr.

And keep your eyes peeled on the new Cooking Channel, which will feature local (and Dogpatch-based) artisans {cocoa}, Kika’s Treats, and Sweet Revolution Caramels on an upcoming episode of host Aida Mollenkamp’s FoodCrafters.