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Foundation for the Future in Fine Chocolate

Spring is just a few weeks away. It's time to start thinking about FCIA's 
Elevate Chocolate Summer Event which will be held on June 22, 2019
at the InterContinental Hotel Times Square in New York City.

Registration is open! 
In addition to registering to attend, please consider donating to the 
Not So Silent Auction, sharing your company in the Gallery Showcase
or Partnership Exhibit, or Volunteer. We hope to see you in New York in June!

View the Event Agenda


                            


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Save the date for the Winter Elevate Chocolate Event:
January, 2020 in San Francisco.

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To learn more about other chocolate industry events, check out the
Affiliated Industry Associations & Events page.


"Through their events, the Fine Chocolate Industry Association offers its members and guests a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn more about the world of chocolate and its on-going evolution as well as sharing on a one-on-one basis its knowledge, achievements and experiences. This is a unique forum not to be missed!" Jacques De Waele, Savage Bros. Co.

Upcoming events

    • June 09, 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM (PDT)
    • Long Beach, California
    Register


    FCIA Regional Meet-Up
    Southern California 

    Hosted by


    #FCIAMeetUp2019


    Long Beach, California
    Sunday
    , June 9th, 2019
    2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

    Register online today!
    Registration required to attend.


    FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Southern California.

       

    We're proud that our good friends and Southern California chocolatiers Romeo Garcia of Romeo Chocolates and Amy Jo Pedone of Valenza Chocolatier will be leading a peer discussion of successful tips & strategies for bean-to-bar makers and chocolatiers. 

    What's on the agenda?  

    • Topic:  The Fine Chocolate Movement in Southern California
    • Tasting! Bring samples of your own chocolate for feedback. 
    • Yum! Small bites, coffee & tea compliments of Romeo Chocolates
    • Networking!


    Who is invited?

    We invite FCIA Members, Friends and non-members from all over - chocolate makers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators, culinary students and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

    Space is limited to 40 participants.

    Please RSVP and register online to secure your space.

    Cost 
    $35 per person

    Student Scholarships
    There are a limited number of full scholarships available for current culinary students. Students must register online with code. 

    Location
    Long Beach, California
    Exact address will be sent to you upon registering.

    Register online today! 
    Registration required to attend.
    Please RSVP by Thursday, June 6th  

    Questions?
    j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


    • June 22, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 7:30 PM
    • InterContinental New York Times Square @ 300 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036
    Register

    Join us - Saturday, June 22, 2019
    InterContinental New York Times Square 
    300 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

    A block of special rate rooms has been secured.
    A link to access the special room rate will be provided
    once registration is complete. 

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    Foundations for the Future
    in Fine Chocolate



    PROGRAM AGENDA  

    7:30 AM  Registration Opens

    8:00 - 9:00 AM: FCIA Membership Assembly
    FCIA's President's Remarks & FCIA Organizational Update:
    Clark Guittard, Bill Guyton
    Committee Panel Reports: Jean Thompson, Jenna Derhammer, Dan Domingo, John Kehoe
    ICCO Director General Remarks: Michel Arrion

    9:00 - 9:15 AM: Break


    9:15 - 10:15 AM:  Workshop Session 1
    Track 1: Quality Cocoa in Vietnam (Sylvestre Awono, Sonia Gregor)
    Track 2: Aromatics and the Chocolatier (Nikki Woolfolk)
    Track 3: A Panel Discussion on Marketing and Media in the Fine Chocolate Industry (Jenny Samaniego, Regina Varolli, 
    Håkan Mårtensson)
    10:15 - 10:30 AM:  Break

    10:30 - 11:30 AM: Workshop Session 2
    Track 1: Transparent Trade: The Future of Ethical Sourcing
    (Emily Stone, Nathan Hodge)
    Track 2: Using Chocolate as a Chef (Angelina Jacobs)
    Track 3: Building Consumer Demand in the Craft Chocolate Market (Lauren Adler, Brad Kintzer, Greg D'Alesandre, Etienne Patout)

    11:30 - 11:45 AM Break

    11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Workshop Session 3
    Track 1: Overcoming Farmer Obstacles in the Dominican Republic
    (Massimiliano Wax)
    Track 2: Building Institutional Understanding of Chocolate Flavor (Martin Christy - Attendees please bring an iPhone or tablet to this session)
    Track 3: Scaling Craft Chocolate: Maintaining Quality (Lorenzo Datei, Jael Rattigan)


    12:45 - 1:45 PM: Lunch On Your Own - Partnership Exhibits and Not So Silent Auction

    1:45 - 2:45 PM: Workshop Session 4
    Track 1: Chocolatiers Huddle (Richard Tango-Lowy)
    Track 2: Chocolate Makers Huddle (Lauren Adler)
    Track 3: Pastry Chef Huddle (Greg D'Alesandre)


    2:45 - 3:00 PM:  Break - Partnership Exhibits and Not So Silent Auction 


    3:00 - 5:00 PM: Plenary Discussion

    • Panel: Future Foundations for Fine Chocolate Demand  (Greg D'Alesandre, Arun Viswanathan, Jeffrey Lee) 
    • Panel: Future Foundation for Fine Cocoa Supply: MOOCA Program Announcement    (Carolina Aguilar, Brigitte Laliberte, Darin Sukha, Bill Guyton)
    • HCP Update (Pam Williams, Ed Seguine, Anne Zaczek)
    • FCIA Recognition Awards (Clark Guittard, Brad Kintzer)

    5:00 – 7:30 PM:  Gallery Showcase & Networking Cocktail Reception  

    • Exhibitors
    • Networking
    • Appetizer bar
    • No-host cash bar open from 5:00 - 7:30PM
    • Not So Silent Auction winning bids announced
    • Live chocolate sculpting by Paul Joachim of The Chocolate Genius

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                                 FCIA Gold Event Sponsors

                                  We are extremely grateful for the generous support from our Gold Event Sponsor:

                    

      FCIA Silver Event Sponsors
      We are extremely grateful for the generous support from our Silver Event Sponsor: 

                       
         


      FCIA Bronze Event Sponsors
       We are extremely grateful for the generous support from our Bronze Event Sponsor:

            
                     

            

      Thank you, Partnership Exhibit Sponsors 

           

      FCIA Gallery Showcase Exhibitors
      Our (vendor) Gallery Showcase is a great way to check out new products and get advice relevant to you business. Visit companies like: 

      aspecialtybox.com
       Blommer 
      Cemoi
      Chef Rubber 
      CocoaTown 
      Conexion 
      Dallas Chocolate Festival
       Diamond Custom Machines
      Duerr Packaging 
      EZtemper 
      Guittard
      HCP 
      JBM Packaging 
      Mesocacao 
      Northwest Chocolate Festival
      PMCA
      Rockgate Group 
      Salon du Chocolat - New York
      Savage Brothers 
      TCF Sales 
      Tomric

      Paul Joachim from The Chocolate Genius will sculpt live during the Gallery Showcase

      Each offers a wide variety of chocolate/ingredients, tools/equipment, and deep knowledge.

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      FCIA Refund Policy

      All cancellation requests must be received at least 1 week before the event date, sent via e-mail to:j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org. Unfortunately, no refunds will be made for requests received after that time.

      Refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. Refunds will be issued in the same form payment was made. Please allow two weeks for processing.

      • August 13, 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (CDT)
      • CocoaTown, Alpharetta, GA
      • 40
      Register



      FCIA Georgia Regional Meet-Up

      #FCIAMeetUp2019


      Hosted By 


      Tuesday, August 13, 2019
      7:00 - 9:00 PM

      Register online today!
      Registration required to attend.

      Second Annual
      FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Georgia.

      We're proud that our good friends at Cocoatown are sponsoring the second annual FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States. And have they got an agenda for you!

      What's on the agenda?  
      Discussion of Bean Quality & Chocolate Tasting with Darin Sukha, Ph.D.


      • Darin Sukha, Ph.D.
        We’re honored to have esteemed presenter Dr. Darin Sukha, Research Fellow at the Cocoa Research Centre, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Among his affiliations are the International Panel of  FCIA/HCP, the Cocoa of Excellence Technical Committee and Taste Panel for the International Cocoa Awards at the Salon du Chocolat
      • Tasting:  Bring your chocolate and get feedback from Dr. Sukha and the group
      • NETWORKING, NETWORKING & MORE NETWORKING!
      Meet the hosts of this Regional Meet-Up 


      Our good friends at CocoaTown, Andal & Balu.

      Who is invited?

      This meet-up is focused on the Southern States, but we invite all FCIA Members and Friends from all over, including chocolate makers, chocolateirs, writers, bloggers, educators and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

      Cocoatown can accommodate up to 40 people in their facility,
      so registration is required.
        

      Cost 
      $35 per person, includes refreshments.

      There are 5 full scholarships available for current culinary students.
      Students must register online. 


      Location: Alpharetta, GA 30009
      Exact address will sent to you upon registering.

      Register online today! 

      Questions?
      j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


      • August 25, 2019
      • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
      • Napa Valley, California
      Register


      FCIA Regional Meet-Up
      Northern California 

      Hosted at The CIA at Copia Campus
      by Chef Stephen Durfee & Chocolatier David Upchurch


      #FCIAMeetUp2019


      Culinary Institute of America at Copia
      Napa Valley, California

      Sunday
      , August 25, 2019
      10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

      Register online today!
      Registration required to attend.


      Second Annual
      FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Northern California.

      We're proud that our good friends Chef Stephen Durfee and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), along with chocolatier David Upchurch, are hosting the second annual FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Northern California. And have they got an agenda for you!

      What's on the agenda?  SUSTAINABILITY


      Emily Stone, Uncommon Cacao
      Emily Stone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao, a group of Transparent Trade cacao operations including Maya Mountain Cacao (Belize) and Cacao Verapaz (Guatemala). Uncommon Cacao supplies delicious, high-quality, transparently-sourced cacao to over 180 craft and premium chocolate makers globally. Emily is an Ashoka Fellow and Unreasonable Fellow, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Confectionery News. 



      Madeline Weeks, Stanford Graduate School of Business

      Madeline Weeks is an incoming PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she is continuing her ongoing passion for craft chocolate and value along the supply chain. Her work explores production and consumption within the craft chocolate movement. Most recently, she worked with an environmental organization in Guatemala to support an emerging women’s group of artisan chocolate makers. She has previously worked with smallholder coffee through a Gates Cambridge Award and Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico. As a publicly engaged scholar, she works actively with communities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and collective action. She'll share information about cacao farmer livelihoods. 

      In Addition to the Presentation . . .

      • Tasting! Bring samples of your own chocolate, sample others and get some feedback. 
      • Explore The CIA at Copia Campus. Tour the beautiful Napa Valley campus and explore the restaurant and shops.
      • Networking!


      Who is invited?

      We invite FCIA Members, Friends and non-members from all over - chocolate makers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators, culinary students and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

      Space is limited to 25 participants.

      Please RSVP and register online to secure your space.

      Cost 
      $25 per person
      Extra cost if you wish to have lunch on site at
      The Restaurant at CIA Copia,

      Student Scholarships
      There are a limited number of full scholarships available for current CIA culinary students. Students must register online with code provided by Stephen Durfee. 

      Location
      Napa Valley, California
      Exact address will be sent to you upon registering.

      Register online today! 
      Registration required to attend.
      Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 21st  

      More Information
      Check out other upcoming FCIA Regional Meet-Ups
      and photo gallery of past meet-ups
      https://www.finechocolateindustry.org/Regional-Meet-Ups

      Questions?
      j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


    Past events

    May 16, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
    January 12, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2019
    October 21, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - New England
    June 30, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2018
    June 03, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California
    May 04, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
    April 26, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northwest
    March 29, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Upper MidWest
    March 16, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - SouthWest States
    March 14, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
    January 20, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2018
    October 18, 2017 FCIA Texas Regional Meet-Up
    June 24, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2017
    January 21, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2017
    September 12, 2016 ECOM Ecuadorian Cacao Experince
    June 25, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2016
    January 16, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2016
    June 27, 2015 FCIA: Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2015(Members login to get your discounted registration)
    January 10, 2015 FCIA Winter Event 2015 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
    June 28, 2014 FCIA Summer Event 2014
    January 18, 2014 FCIA Winter Event 2014 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
    October 20, 2013 FCIA Networking Party: Chicago-Midwest Region
    June 29, 2013 FCIA Summer Event
    January 19, 2013 FCIA 2013 Winter Event
    June 16, 2012 FCIA's 2012 Summer Event
    January 14, 2012 FCIA's January 14th Event: Fine Cacao...Protect the Species & Share the Passion!
    July 11, 2011 FCIA / USDA-ARS Tour Confirmation
    July 09, 2011 FCIA - 2011 Summer Event - The Future of Fine Flavor Cacao
    January 15, 2011 2011 Winter Event
    June 26, 2010 Registration for the FCIA Summer Event on June 26th in New York City
    January 16, 2010 Join us for the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Party
    January 16, 2010 January 16th Program: Mystery, Myths, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits
    June 27, 2009 FCIA Members, Friends, & Industry Cocktail Reception
    June 27, 2009 June 2009 Educational Session
    June 27, 2009 June Members Only Networking Session & All Members Meeting- 2009

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