If you’ve stopped by the factory in the last week, you’ve probably heard that we recently parted ways with our pastry chef, Phil. Phil was amazing and we’re grateful for the time we got to spend together. He spent six months perfecting our hot chocolate recipes which will always remain on the menu. Since we have a chance to do something new with our pastries, we’ve come up with a crazy idea: pop-ups!
For the next 6-8 weeks, we are inviting our pastry chef friends to take over our kitchen for a week at a time. We’re asking that they funnel their creativity and passion to work magic on our chocolate. It’s exciting thinking about all the great treats our chocolate can be transformed into.
We’ve just finished a pop-up with the awesome Amy and Joe from Marla Bakery:
They made many delicious tarts and cookies and we were especially wowed by their pain au chocolat — something we’ve dreamed of snacking on since before we opened. Hopefully they will teach us a few of their tricks!
If you missed them at our shop, they are taking their amazing pastries on the road and popping up for brunch at State Bird Provisions starting in May.
Next up, Kika’s Treats! You’ve probably tried Cristina Arantes’ chocolate-covered graham crackers, but for the next two weeks you’ll get a chance to try her fresh baked treats. Cristina was born and raised in Brazil, one of the tropical lands of cacao, where she spent her days baking and eating all things chocolate. In 1999 she moved to San Francisco and worked at a variety of wonderful restaurants and bakeries before starting her own company.
I’m hoping she makes us some of her famous s’mores!
Thank you to all the chefs coming into our space and showing us their talents!