• Chocolate Masters Hangout #17: Choosing Fine Chocolate

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    (originally broadcast 20 October 2015)

    Choosing Fine Chocolate

    Chocolate season is upon us! Halloween, Thanksgiving, the winter holidays, Valentine's Day, Easter....there are so many holidays on the horizon where chocolate is part of the tradition! Have you ever wondered what to look for when you're shopping for chocolate or why some chocolate seems expensive compared others? How do you know if you’re buying a high quality fine chocolate? In this Chocolate Masters Hangout, we will be talking about what to look for when you're buying chocolate for your holiday gift-giving. We’ll talk about what distinguishes fine chocolate from other types of chocolate, how to know if a chocolate bar or bonbon is of high quality, and how to find the best fine chocolate for your budget. 

    Chocolate specialist: Jessica Ferraro, Bar Cacao
    Food Writer: Megan Giller, Chocolate Noise
    Author: Eagranie Yuh, The Chocolate Tasting Kit, The Well Tempered Chocolatier
    Moderator: Alysha Kropf, Ecole Chocolat
    Producer: Robert Ouimet, Big Snit Media

    About our Panelists:

    Jessica Ferraro, Bar Cacao

    Jessica Ferraro is Bar Cacao's craft chocolate specialist. Since 2007, she has avidly explored the world of craft chocolate, from visiting cacao-producing origins to building supportive relationships with chocolate makers to sharing her knowledge with the wider foodie community. Her mission is to drive the craft chocolate movement in a positive direction by educating, advising and brokering relationships among curated craft chocolate makers, industry-leading retailers and, of course, the chocolate-loving world. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and learn more at http://www.barcacao.com/

    Megan Giller, Chocolate Noise

    Megan Giller writes for publications like Slate, Food & Wine, and Texas Monthly. She's currently exploring the world of American craft chocolate through her digital project Chocolate Noise. Read more of her work at megangiller.com or follow her on Twitter.

    Eagranie Yuh, The Well Tempered Chocolatier & The Chocolate Tasting Kit

    Eagranie Yuh is an author, editor, and chocolate expert. She’s the author of The Chocolate Tasting Kit (Chronicle Books), senior editor of Edible Vancouver and Wine Country, and Sweet Spot columnist for The Vancouver Courier. You’ll find her writing in The Washington Post, National Post, Tasting Table, and Chemistry in Australia, as well as the 2012 and 2014 editions of Best Food Writing. After completing her master’s degree in chemistry from Queen’s, she attended Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa and obtained a Diplôme de Pâtisserie. She’s worked in fine dining restaurants, hotels, pastry shops and chocolate shops in Ottawa and Vancouver, and assisted the Le Cordon Bleu chefs at the 2007 James Beard Awards. She has taught chocolate-tasting classes throughout North America and judges competitions around the world.
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