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Elevate Chocolate Winter Event Registration Now Open

Beyond the Bar: New Frontiers for Chocolate

Fall is here and before you know it, Winter will arrive along with the next Elevate Chocolate Winter Event.
Mark your calendars for January 12, 2019 and plan to join us in San Francisco, CA at the Intercontinental Hotel for
FCIA's next winter event. We're planning an action-packed day filled with educational workshops, a membership meeting,
keynote address by Chi Bui, industry outlook and regulatory update by John Down, the ever-popular Not So Silent Auction,
Gallery Showcase,  Partnership Showcase, and plenty of opportunities for networking.

For more details and to register, visit the Winter Event Registration page. Check out the Agenda here. Please check
back often for updates and more details as they become available.


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

    • October 21, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • New Hampshire


    FCIA's First
    New England Regional Meet-Up

    Register online today!

    Hosted by Two Outstanding Chocolate Professionals

    Sunday, October 21, 2018
    Morning session:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Hosted By Chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy
    Manchester, NH 03101


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    Afternoon session:  1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Hosted By Chocolate Maker Enna Grazier
    Epping, NY  03042


    What is an FCIA Regional Meet-Up?

    FCIA regional meet-ups provide opportunities to learn and network with colleagues in the fine chocolate community throughout the year close to where you live and work so you can focus on regional issues. 

    Who is invited?

    FCIA Members and Friends from all over are invited to participate. FCIA Regional Meet-Ups are for you whether you are a chocolate maker, chocolatier, pastry chef, baker, writer, blogger, educator or other professional who supports the fine chocolate industry. 

    What's the focus for this meet-up?

    Chocolatiers & Chocolate Makers:
    Working Together Makes Both Better

    Rich and Enna will co-host this meet-up focused on collaboration. We'll discuss what chocolatiers and chocolate makers can learn from each other and how each can benefit the other.  

    You'll start off with master chocolatier Richard Tango-Lowy at Dancing Lion Chocolate in Manchester, New Hampshire to explore the chocolatier perspective.

    Then there'll be a short break for lunch and beverages.

    For the afternoon session, you'll join Enna Grazier at Enna Chocolate in Epping, New Hampsire for the chocolate maker perspective. 

    We also hope to bring in a few other non-chocolate guests to discuss the value of broader types of collaboration 

    What else is on the agenda?

    • For those who wish, bring samples of your own chocolate for
      sharing during the afternoon session
    • Tells us what you want to talk about at future meet-ups.
    • Free raffle for FCIA promo items.
    • Networking, Networking & More Networking!
    • Refreshments & lunch.

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    The New England Regional Meet-Up is limited to 12 participants.
    We do require you to register online.

    Free for this first meet-up.
    $25 per person for lunch, snacks and beverages
    (to be paid at online registration)

    Meet-Up Locations
    Morning Session:  Manchester, NH 03101
    Afternoon Session: 
    Epping, NH 03042

    Exact addresses will be sent to you upon registering.
    Carpooling will be arranged

    Register Online Today!
    Registration required to attend.
    Please RSVP by Monday, October 15, 2018 


    • January 12, 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM (PST)
    • InterContinental San Francisco Hotel, 888 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Join us - Saturday, January 12, 2019
    InterContinental San Francisco Hotel 
    888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

    Registration is now open!


    We have arranged a limited number of reduced-rate rooms at the
    InterContinental San Francisco. They are available on a first come basis.
    Details for booking a room are included in your event registration confirmation email. 

    Beyond the Bar: New Frontiers for Chocolate

    Morning Session

    Registration Opens 8:30am
    FCIA Membership Assembly (members only) 9am - 9:50am
    Breakout Groups: Morning Workshops 10am - 12:50pm
    • Track 1: Value Chain Partnerships & Sourcing Quality Ingredients
    • Track 2: Product Development & Innovations
    • Track 3: Tastes & Quality Standard

    Partnership Showcase 10am - 6pm
    No So Silent Auction 11am - 6pm
    Informal Lunch 1pm - 2pm

    Afternoon Session

    Breakout Groups - Meet the Makers and Huddles 2pm - 2:50pm
    • Meet the Makers
    • Chocolatiers- Building Your Business
    • Quality Control and Regulatory

    Plenary Discussion 3pm - 5pm
    * President's Remarks Clark Guittard
    * Industry Outlook / Regulatory Update John Down /NCA
    * Heirloom Cacao Preservation Update Dan Pearson / Ed Seguine
    * Keynote Address Chi Bui / K & M Extravirgin Chocolate

    Gallery Showcase /Chocolate Sampling Table 5pm - 7:30pm

                               FCIA Event Sponsors
    We are extremely grateful for the generous support from all of our Event Sponsors.

    Gold Event Sponsors


    Silver Event Sponsors


    Bronze Event 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:

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


    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

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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Event Manager: Nicole Price / 1.312.953.4541 / Email Nicole

For membership inquiries: Jennifer Wicks / 1.406.370.8606 / Email Jennifer


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