What do you think of when you hear the words “fine chocolates”? Does it invoke an image of Belgium, France, or Switzerland? If you really think about it, none of those countries are anywhere near countries that actually produce cocoa. What these countries are good at, is the production of pastries and desserts.
With that in mind, what do you think about when you hear the titles “chocolatier” or “confectioner”? Do you think about a team of neatly dressed apprentices learning from the master? Such is the traditional school of thought, ingrained into our heads thanks to story books and movies.
That’s why I’m here to talk about gourmet chocolates from New York City, by a self taught chocolatier. Someone who has recently beat the Europeans at their own game, winning Sofi award for specialty foods.
So if you’re in New York, head to 27 West 20th Street in Chelsea. If you see a sign on the street for chocolate tastings, head into the office building, past the security guard, and up the elevator to unit 904. Knock on the factory door, and prepare to be amazed.
Not only do you get to interact with the chocolatier Joan face to face, you can sample many of her famous creations. From the basic chocolate bars that you can buy at gourmet supermarkets such as Whole Foods or Dean and Deluca, to the super high end bonbons that are both stunning to look at, and absolutely delicious to eat.
Next time an important occasion arrives, consider the coral colored boxes.
27 West 20th Street #904
New York, NY 10011