Umamiventure #32: TCHO Chocolate Factory (SF)
Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
My first introduction to TCHO chocolates was in 2007, working in New York City. My friend Fumiko, who worked closely with Silicon Valley techie innovators, handed me a bar and told me that it was the next big thing in chocolate.
She was right.
Started by the founders of Wired magazine, TCHO is the only chocolate factory in operation in San Francisco, located right on Pier 17. The company keep their chocolates simple: dark, with only four variations (Chocolatey, Fruity, Citrus, and Nutty). Their packaging is sleek, with futuristic touch.
TCHO also has a social mission, which is to go beyond the ordinary Fair Trade regulations by working directly with cocoa farmers, helping them grow better beans, so they can become premium producers. [Not unlike Four Barrel Coffee's mission].
Which is all to say, TCHO is awesome! I have been begging, erm, pleading for a tour for the last year, and finally! I'm able to bring you all Umamiventure #32: a factory tour + tasting of TCHO! Yippee!
Join me on Sunday 3/13 at 3:30pm for this private, super fun tour of TCHO factory. We'll have our very own guide, who will talk about the history of TCHO, their sourcing and production methods, and take us through their huge facility and all the awesome innovative techie equipment (the factory won't be in operation during our visit, but watch this awesome CNET video for the action).
A big highlight of our Umamiventure will be an extensive tasting of ALL their products (their four single-origin bars, "TCHOPro Baking Blends" and nibs). You will also get a $10 off discount card for the TCHO shop. Holla!
Tickets are $10 advance/ $15 at the door. Price includes tour, tasting, discussion, and guaranteed good times. Space is limited, so please buy your tickets early.
yes, it's true, TCHO tours are now also open to the public for free. But they are
always sold out, which is why I organized this event directly with the
TCHO folks, with many perks you wouldn't get on the public tour.
Besides, don't you want to hang out with other Umamimart readers and
writers? And ME????
Looking forward to seeing everyone! Cheers!
When & Where
Umami Mart + UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies
ABOUT UMAMI MART
Umami Mart sprouted into this world as an international food + drink blog in 2007. Over the years, it has grown into a Japanese kitchen and barware importing business, headquartered in Oakland, CA. Functional design, quality and service are all a part of the Umami Mart philosophy, reflected in every facet of the business. The Oakland shop, opened in 2012, is a curation of bar tools and glassware from Japan, as well as a bottle shop dedicated to sake and Japanese beer.
The Center for Japanese Studies supports and promotes an encyclopedic array of research and teaching related to Japan; we also support the study of historic and contemporary connections between Japan and Japanese Americans. Throughout the year, we host a regular lecture series, colloquia, and symposia bringing to campus a stimulating and always-changing community of intellectuals and public figures, including journalists, performers, artists, and business leaders.