The nice thing about working in chocolate is that, for the most part, you get summers off. No one wants to eat chocolate in summer; they want popsicles and ice cream. But the flip side is that from September through May, there are cascading deadlines. You spend most of the fall in a mad rush for Christmas, then catch your breath only to dive into Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day.
Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. While I’m not a fan of trying to create a romantic atmosphere while crammed next to couples with equally lofty ambitions, I’ll take any excuse for more chocolate. This Valentine’s day, I encourage you not to buy a box of chocolate from your local drugstore. Instead, visit a local chocolatier in your city (or better yet, your neighbourhood).
In that vein, I’m teaming up with the folks at Vancouver Farmers Market to highlight three chocolate companies: Take a Fancy Chocolate and Sweets (maker of bean-to-bar chocolate! Really!), Bad Girl Chocolates (they’re back and better than ever), and Levni Chocolates (new to me, but not for long). We’ll be taking tours of these three vendors, learning about their stories–and yes, sampling their wares. Tours start on the hour and pre-registration is highly encouraged.