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Artisanal, hand-crafted chocolate is a growing niche

Ryan Berk makes his chocolate from scratch. That means flying to Central America four times a year, hiking over Maya ruins to remote jungle villages and meeting face-to-face with the farmers who supply his cocoa beans.<p>Roasted back home at Berk's shop, the beans have a habit of enveloping downtown …

Videri Chocolate Factory Champions Bean-to-Bar Method

If it smells like brownies in downtown Raleigh’s warehouse district, then it’s Tuesday: roasting day at Videri Chocolate Factory.<p>Inside the …

Washington’s craft chocolate industry continues to grow

There are about a million reasons why we eat chocolate.<p>It makes us feel happy, nostalgic, sexy, pampered, sated. It’s sweet, snappy, silky, complex.<p>Chocolate. Tastes. Good.<p>But why do people make it? Why do they fuss with something so notoriously finicky? And why is a product accessible at every …

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The Rise of Awesome Milk Chocolate

More<p>All About Chocolate<p>Everything you want to know about chocolate<p>White wine, light roast coffee, and milk chocolate walk into a bar.<p>There's no punch line here; just three underappreciated edibles commiserating about their feelings of inadequacy. You see, somewhere along the way, our culture …

The 11 Untold Secrets of Menu Design

<i>Credit: Flickr/Basheer Tome</i><p>Restaurants think about more than just whether to add pretty pictures when they're designing a menu. Except at Denny's, where the primary focus is Photoshopping Grand Slams to look less like strike-outs.<p>To give a better understanding of how restaurateurs craft their menus …

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Visiting chocolate educator gives tasting tips

Theo Chocolate file photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times<p>Eating chocolate is already about as universal a pleasure as we get with food. But there …

Dominique Ansel Cookie Shots Officially Go on Sale in New York This Friday

Hundreds of people (including Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg) got to try Dominique Ansel’s much-discussed chocolate-chip-cookie-and-organic-milk …

The Mastery of Tasting Chocolate

<i>In part one of our trip into chocolate exploration, we visited a few of Valrhona Chocolate's partner farms in the Dominican Republic to see firsthand how cacao farming in this country can affect flavor, and what developments in agriculture can influence the final chocolate outcome. We now take a</i> …

Raw Recipe: Tahini-Date Salted Caramels

Combine the dates, tahini, coconut oil, and cardamom in a blender or food processor. You should have a very smooth, creamy, and thick paste.<p>Transfer …

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How to Pair Beer and Dessert

Beer and dessert can be great friends. Chocolatey, caramelly, coffee-like and fruity flavors abound in your favorite bubbly beverages, and the potential for matching flavors opens the door to some seriously killer after-dinner pairings. Of course, pairing drinks with any food isn't as simple as …

Small Food Business | It’s Food Awards Season (and Open Call For Artisan Foods)

While everyone else was preparing for the long Independence Day holiday, specialty food manufacturers from around the world converged on New York …

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