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    Fine Chocolate Comes into its Own:
     Innovation, Profitability & Scalability

               

Registration is open for FCIA Elevate Chocolate Summer 2018.


In addition to attending, there are many ways to get involved and benefit from this amazing gathering of fine chocolate professionals.

Become an event sponsor

Exhibit in the gallery showcase

Participate in our new partnership showcase 

Donate an item for our Not So Silent Auction

Play a behind-the-scene role and volunteer


Check out the agenda and keep coming back as speakers are confirmed.

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Thank you, Event Gold Sponsors!

          

Thank you, Event Silver Sponsors!

     

Thank you, Event Bronze Sponsors!      

      
          

Thank you, Partnership Showcase Sponsor

CNFA
Peru Cacao Alliance

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:

Chef Rubber
Dallas Chocolate Festival
Enliven Cocoa
EZ Temper
Deershop Chocolate
Heirloom Cacao Preservation
Hilliard's 
Mesocacao
Northwest Chocolate Festival
PMCA
Savage Brothers

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

Questions or need more information?  Senior Advisor Bill Guyton:  b.guyton@finechocolateindustry.org 


"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 03, 2018
    • 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • St. Helena, California
    Register


    FCIA Northern California Regional Meet-Up
    Hosted at CIA Greystone
    by David Upchurch & Chef Stephen Durfee 


    St. Helena, California
    Sunday
    , June 3, 2018
    10:30 AM - 3:00 PM

    Register online today!
    Registration required to attend.

    Introducing FCIA Regional Meet-Ups.

    FCIA asked how we can better serve our members and you told us - provide opportunities to network with colleagues in the fine chocolate community throughout the year. And, make them closer to where you live and work so you can focus on regional issues. 

    FCIA is proud to present our first series of Regional Meet-Ups. As of this date, we've held Meet-Ups in Georgia, New Mexico, Minnesota and Oklahoma. We have upcoming Regional Meet-Ups in Seattle AND Brazil! We expect more as the word gets around.

    Who is invited?

    This meet-up in St. Helena, California on June 3rd, hosted by CIA Greystone is focused on Northern California, but we invite FCIA Members, Friends and non-members from all over - chocolate makers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

    What's on the agenda?

    Presentation:

    Sensory Analysis
    Orietta Gianjorio, Sensory Evaluation Expert, will
    lead a discussion of Sensory Evaluation and its
    application to chocolate.



    Orietta Gianjorio 
    Sensory Evaluation Expert
    3rd Level Sommelier
    Certified Olive Oil Taster - Italian Registry Member
    2nd Level Chocolate Taster - International Institute Chocolier Certified Expert in Honey Sensory Analysis - Italian Registry Member
    International Judge
    Author

    Orietta@Orietta.net
    www.Orietta.net
    www.youtube.com/Gianjorio 


    Orietta will lead a discussion covering:

    1. What is a sensory evaluation expert? Let's go beyond wine and discover the "hidden" profession of tasters of different commodity. 

    2. How does sensory evaluation work? Our sensory instrument and how we look, smell, taste and listen. Is it really as fun as it sounds? Can anyone who likes to eat be a professional taster? 

    3. What is the purpose of sensory evaluation? Descriptive analysis and sales are important, but what about quality standards and research purposes. Can we all get along?

    4. The application of sensory evaluation to chocolate. Lets look, smell and taste together.


    In Addition to Orietta's Presentation........

    • Tasting! Awaken your own senses, sampling and evaluating chocolate, guided by Orietta.
    • Explore Greystone. Take a tour of the Greystone grounds as well as Stephen Durfee's chocolate room.
    • Free raffle for FCIA promo items.
    • Networking, networking and more networking!

    This Northern California Regional Meet-Up does not limit participants.
    We do require you to please RSVP and register online.

    Cost 
    FREE for this meet-up.
    However there is a cost for lunch on
    site at the Greystone Cafe.


    Location
    St. Helena, California
    Exact address will be sent to you upon registering.

    Register online today! 
    Registration required to attend.
    Please RSVP by Thursday, May 31st. 
    Upon registering online, we'll send you the address.

    Questions?
    j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


    • June 30, 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM
    • Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan, 1605 Broadway @ 49th Street, New York, NY 10019
    Register

    Join us - Saturday, June 30, 2018
    Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan 
    1605 Broadway @ 49th Street, New York, NY 10019

    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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    Fine Chocolate Comes into its Own:
    Innovation, Profitability & Scalability

    PROGRAM AGENDA  
    8:30 AM  Registration Opens

    9:00 - 9:50 AM: FCIA Membership Assembly (for members only)

    10:00 - 10:50 AM: Workshop Session 1


    11:00 AM - 11:50 PM:  Workshop Session 2

    12:00 - 12:50 PM:  Workshop Session 3

    1:00 - 1:50 PM: Lunch on your own

    2:00 - 6:30 PM:  Partnership Showcase and Not So Silent Auction

    2:00 - 3:15 PM: What Pastry Chefs & Chocolatiers Want

    3:30 - 5:00 PM:  Formal Program
    • President’s Welcome
    • Heirloom Cacao Preservation (HCP) Update & Tasting
    • Keynote Panel

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

    • Exhibitors
    • Networking
    • Appetizer bar
    • No-host cash bar open from 5:00 - 7:00PM
    • Not So Silent Auction winning bids announced
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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 Showcase Sponsor 

    CNFA
    Peru Cacao Alliance   

                      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:

    Chef Rubber
    Dallas Chocolate Festival
    Enliven Cocoa
    EZ Temper
    Deershop Chocolate
    Heirloom Cacao Preservation
    Hilliard's 
    Mesocacao
    Northwest Chocolate Festival
    PMCA
    Savage Brothers

    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.

Past events

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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