- Northwest College of ArtVisual Communication and Interior Design
Short version: I'm a chocolate geek.
Long version: I’m a chocolate enthusiast / blogger who left behind common chocolate to seek out the slow melt, diverse flavors, and creative personalities of the fine chocolate world.
The first time I encountered the complex, delicate aromas, and varied textures of fine chocolate sparked a fascination, almost immediately the journey to find and fully understand and share the wonder of fine cacao began.
My hunger for learning more about every aspect of the chocolate industry takes me around the world to meet with cacao farmers, chocolate makers, shop owners, and visit chocolate events.
I’m a member of the Chocolate Aficionados Guild, participant in the Cacao Grader program, contributor to various lifestyle, cooking, and chocolate publications, and a judge for chocolate and confection competitions.
I love to travel with my family, and enjoy some form of chocolate every day.
- FindingFineChocolate.comChocolate Taster and Enthusiast / Blogger, 2010 - present
- First American CorporationAccount Rep, present
- Pacific Northwest TitleAccount Rep
- Old Repulbic TitleAccount Rep
- Van Horn Real EstateOwner / Real Estate Broker
- Windermere Real EstateReal Estate Broker
Chocolate by Chocolate Alchemist, beer by Boulevard Brewing Some things are better together. These two are. The beer: Boulevard Brewing Company Smokestack Series Special Release Chocolate Ale in collaboration with Christopher Elbow . Notes of roast, malt, ...
Chocolate without soy lecithin located close to my desk. Someone recently said to me "I can't eat chocolate because I'm allergic to soy. All chocolate has soy lecithin." Not true. Not at all. Many chocolate makers turn out chocolate bars with beautiful ta...
Google made this short video from the shots uploaded while I was shooting the blog post "How to Make Cold Brew Cacao" http://www.findingfinechocolate.com/2015/08/simple-cold-brewed-cacao-recipe.html
Although there are no words, it is entertaining!
#coldbrew #cacao #WoodblockChocolate #chocolate #beantobar #beverage
Aaron Barthel at Intrigue Chocolate in Seattle. A master of mixing spices in chocolate. #Chocolatier Aaron Barthel Always a smile. Always. That is just one of the things I love about coming to Intrigue Chocolate. Other things...the decadent, soft, french...
Seattle, the Puget Sound and, the Space Needle from the Columbia Tower Club As most of you already know, I've been working on this new thing called Craft Chocolate Week which is really just a few small events with chocolate makers, chocolate shops, and expe...
I've been super busy behind the scenes these days with new fun. In collaboration with small batch, craft chocolate makers and chocolatiers we are launching a series of small, "meet the maker" events that we are calling Craft Chocolate Week. Here are the ...
Craft Chocolate Week
We believe in supporting the craft chocolate community.
We do that by coordinating events to meet and get to know the chocolate community, hear their stories, and experience craft chocolate.
We share proceeds from ticket sales direct with the chocolate makers and event partners.
Want to join us? Want to experience craft chocolate?
Taste our Kickstarter
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A Seattle area native, I grew up in Renton, Washington. My work and play take me all over the beautiful Pacific Northwest, my home. These ar
Intrigue Chocolate Co — 6 Helpful Tips for Surviving the Seattle Chocola...
The Seattle Chocolate Salon is this Sunday, May 5th! We expect to see all those familiar faces from last year, but if your new or wanting so
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What are nibs? Are they called cacao nibs or cocoa nibs or chocolate nibs? Any of those names will work. Where do they come from? They are c
finding chocolate: NY Times article. Brussels: The Chocolate Trail
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Free Tickets to the NW Chocolate Festival for Volunteers
Love chocolate? Want a free ticket to the NW Chocolate Festival? Here is your chance. The NW Chocolate Festival needs volunteers to guard ch