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Thank you to everyone who attended and helped make the January 20th FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2018
in San Francisco an 
amazing success.  Here is the event recap providing highlights.  
Members have been sent the recap with links to presenters' presentations.
Please mark your calendars for June 30th and plan to attend Summer 2018 in New York.

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Thank you, Event Sponsors!


                       



"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

    • 03/14/2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • CocoaTown, Roswell, GA
    • 38
    Register


    FCIA Georgia Regional Meet-Up
    Hosted By 


    Wednesday, March 14, 2018
    5:00 - 8:00 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're planning on gatherings in Georgia, New England, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, Southern California, Seattle, Texas AND Brazil! We expect more as the word gets around.

    Meet the Hosts of the FCIA's Regional Meet-Up - Southern States, 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. 

    What's on the agenda?

    • TOUR: CocoaTown Facility

    • GUEST AUTHOR:  Meet Kristy, Leissle, Ph.D. and learn about her new book "Cocoa."
    Chocolate has long been a favorite indulgence. But behind every chocolate bar we unwrap, there is a world of power struggles and political maneuvering over its most important ingredient: cocoa. In this incisive book, Kristy Leissle reveals cocoa's extensive global trade system and shows who benefits and who pays so that we can enjoy this exquisite food. 
        
      • TASTING:  Bring your chocolate and get feedback from Kristy and the group
      • YOUR ISSUES & CONCERNS:  Tell FCIA what you want to talk about at future meet-ups
      • NETWORKING, NETWORKING & MORE NETWORKING!

      Cocoatown can accommodate up to 40 people in their facility, so we do require you to RSVP.  


      Cost 
      Free for this first meet-up,
      but register
       online since space is limited.

      Location
      Roswell, GA
      Exact address will sent to you upon registering.

      Register online today! 
      Registration required to attend.
      Upon registering online, we'll send you the address.

      Questions?
      j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


      • 03/16/2018
      • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MDT)
      • Expo / Albuquerque, Albuquerque, NM
      Register


      FCIA SouthWest Regional Meet-Up
      Hosted By 


      Friday, March 16, 2018
      5:00 - 7:00 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're planning on gatherings in Georgia, New England, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, Southern California, Seattle, Texas AND Brazil! We expect more as the word gets around.

      Meet the Hosts of the FCIA's Regional Meet-Up - SouthWest,
      our good friends at The Art of Chocolate / Cacao Santa Fe,
      Melanie Boudar and Derek Lanter


      Melanie and Derek will host this first ever FCIA Regional Meet-Up - SouthWest in conjunction with the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Festival in Albuquerque.

      Who is invited?

      This meet-up is focused on the South Western States, but we invite all FCIA Members and Friends from all over along with attendees of the Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Festival, who are chocolate makers, chocolateirs, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

      What's on the agenda?

      • Presentation By Melanie Boudar & Derek Lanter: Consumer Perception of Fine Chocolate and How to Make That Work for Us
      • Tasting: Bring samples of your chocolate for feedback from your colleagues.
      • YOUR ISSUES & CONCERNS:  Tell FCIA what you want to talk about at future meet-ups
      • Free raffle for FCIA promo items.
      • NETWORKING, NETWORKING & MORE NETWORKING!

      The Expo can accommodate an unlimited number people in their facility, however we do require you to RSVP.  


      Cost 
      Free for this first meet-up.
      However, we do request $10 per person (to be paid at online registration)
      to reimburse hosts for refreshments.

      Also, the Southwest Festival has arranged for a cash bar stocked by a
      brewery and distillery to be open and serving during this time.


      Location
      Albuquerque, NM
      Exact address will be sent to you upon registering.

      Register online today! 
      Registration required to attend.
      Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 14th 
      Upon registering online, we'll send you the address.

      Questions?
      j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 

      Thank you
      Dean Strober, Blue River Productions and the
      Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Festival for supporting this meet-up.

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      • 03/29/2018
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
      • Minneapolis, MN
      Register


      FCIA Upper MidWest Regional Meet-Up
      Hosted By 

      Thursday, March 29, 2018

      6:00 - 8:00 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're planning on gatherings in Georgia, New England, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, Southern California, Seattle, Texas AND Brazil! We expect more as the word gets around.

      Meet the Host of FCIA's Regional Meet-Up - Upper MidWest,
      our good friends at Enliven Cacao


      Enliven Cacao at FCIA’s recent Elevate Chocolate – Winter 2018 in San Francisco.

      Who is invited?

      This meet-up, hosted by Enliven Cacao on March 29th, takes place in Minneapolis, MN. But we invite FCIA Members and Friends from all over - chocolate makers, chocolateirs, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

      What's on the agenda?

      • TopicLinking You to Cocoa Sources
        Enliven Cacao is pleased to present a social evening with complimentary food and adult beverages for emerging and established chocolate makers and industry professionals.  
        • Using the Enliven model as an example, we’ll look at cocoa sourcing, production and productivity attributes on the farm level.
        • You’ll get a better understanding of production level problems and solutions and how that impacts sourcing and quality of cocoa.
        • You’ll learn about the communities that grow cacao and how chocolate makers can enter into direct trade arrangements without risk.
      • Your Issues & Concerns 
        FCIA wants to hear what you want to talk about at future meet-ups

      • Free raffle for FCIA promo items.

      • Networking, networking and more networking!

      There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend, however we do require you to please RSVP and register online.

      Cost 
      Free for this first meet-up.
      Thank you, Enliven Cacao, for providing free food and adult refreshments!

      Location
      Minneapolis, MN
      Exact address will sent to you upon registering.

      Register online today! 
      Registration required to attend.
      Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 27th 
      Upon registering online, we'll send you the address.

      Questions?
      j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


      • 05/04/2018
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
      • São Paulo, Brazil
      • 40
      Register


      FCIA South/Central America Regional Meet-Up
      Hosted By 


      São Paulo, Brazil
      Friday
      , May 4, 2018
      7:00 - 9:00 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're planning on gatherings in Georgia, New England, New Mexico, Minnesota, Oklahoma, New York, Southern California, Seattle, Texas AND Brazil! We expect more as the word gets around.

      Meet the Host of FCIA's Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America,
      our good friend at Mission Chocolate,
      Arcelia Gallardo


      Arcelia will host this South/Central America Regional Meet-Up in conjunction with Brazil Chocolate & Cacao Week, May 3-6, 2018.

      Who is invited?

      This meet-up in São Paulo, Brazil on May 4th hosted by Mission Chocolate is focused on South & Central America, but we invite all FCIA Members and Friends from all over - chocolate makers, chocolateirs, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

      What's on the agenda?

      • Presentation: 

      Craft Chocolate Trends: Global Consumer Demands
      Arcelia Gallardo from Mission Chocolate
      Juliana Aquino, Cacao Farmer & Chocolate Maker from Baiani Chocolate


      Juliana & Tuta Aquino from Baiani Chocolate

      • Your issues and concerns:  FCIA wants to hear what you want to talk about at future meet-ups
      • Free raffle for FCIA promo items.
      • Networking, networking and more networking!

      This South/Central America Regional Meet-Up is limited to 40 participants.
      We do require you to please RSVP and register online.

      Cost 
      Free for this first meet-up.
      However, we do request $10 per person (to be paid at online registration)
      to reimburse hosts for refreshments.


      Location
      São Paulo, Brazil
      Exact address will sent to you upon registering.

      Register online today! 
      Registration required to attend.
      Please RSVP by Tuesday, May 1st. 
      Upon registering online, we'll send you the address.

      Questions?
      j.wicks@finechocolateindustry.org 


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