No December General Meeting
January General Meeting
Date: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Time: 10:30 A.M.
Location: North University City Community Library, 8820 Judicial Dr., San Diego, CA 92122
Program: Jim Lantry, Chocolatier
The Craft Chocolate movement is in the same place that craft beer was 30 years ago and appeals to the same customer base. Unlike mass produced chocolates, craft chocolate takes advantage of the unique characteristics of cacao grown in different parts of the world.
Often times like wine, cacao grown in farms just a mile apart can have very different flavors and characteristics. The craft chocolate maker works with farmers to insure that the cacao is properly harvested, fermented and dried. Cacao farmers partnering with craft chocolate makers value quality over quantity and are paid a fair sustainable price for their crop, sometimes as much as five times the cost of "commodity" cacao from West Africa where 60% of all worldwide cacao is grown.
Unlike most chocolatiers who use commercially available chocolate for their products, craft chocolate makers roast and grind the cacao themselves. In this way they are able to control the final product. Craft chocolate is also know as "Bean to Bar" and "Bean to Bon" to reflect the entire process.
San Diego native and former lobbyist Jim Lantry has founded Seabreeze Craft Chocolates, a new chocolate factory and retail store in Carmel Valley. Their grand opening was December 10th. Jim serves as the head Chocolate Maker and Chocolatier. He will be talking to us about the history of chocolate in America, the process of making craft chocolate and how it differs from commercial mass-produced chocolate we all know. He will also share some samples of Seabreeze Craft Chocolates!
Susan Czertak, Co-VP Programs