Archive for May, 2009

Open for Business

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 by Brian
Kakao is Now Open!

Kakao is Now Open!

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Grand Opening

Posted in Uncategorized on May 27, 2009 by Brian

Need some Kakao Chocolate? We know exactly how you can get some, every week.

You can come to 2301 South Jefferson Avenue, 63104. Just a half-mile south of I-44 in Fox Park. When you come to the corner of Jefferson and Shenandoah, you can look at the buildings on the corner and see the one that’s obviously a chocolate shop. (If you’re not sure, it’s the one with the Kakao logo on the windows.)

For the past year we’ve been making our chocolates and confections in our workshop on Cherokee Street. Those of you who have visited know that it was small and a bit dark, and not exactly inviting to people who wanted to buy some chocolate.

You just have to come see the next step we’ve taken.

And you can do that at the Grand Opening of our new location on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll have all your favorite chocolates — hand-dipped truffles, sea salt caramels, pecan caramels, strawberry chocolates, dragees, chocolate bark, fruit marshmallows, and of course marshmallow pies. And a few surprises, too.

After that, you’ll be able to stop by the Kakao Shop every week. Yes, that’s right, we’ll be open every Friday from noon to 6:30 p.m., and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

See you soon!

Chocolate on the Grill

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2009 by Brian

Ah, Memorial Day weekend, when thoughts turn to the backyard barbecue — a nice pork steak, some sweet potatoes with a little bit of rosemary, and a slab of chocolate.

Huh?

No, that wouldn’t be a good idea. But we do have some chocolate you can, and should, put on the grill.

Let’s back up a bit. Chocolate is an amazing food, and when you combine it with sugar in the right ways you can create a luscioustreat. Chocolate can also be combined with savory flavors, like chile peppers and cinnamon in mole sauce. It might seem like an odd combination, but trust me, when it’s done right it’s sublime.

So in celebration of Memorial Day and the kickoff to grilling season, we present Kakao Cocoa Grilling Rub. It’s a special blend of toasted spices, cinnamon, ground chili peppers, sea salt, and — of course — premium cocoa powder.

We’ve been experimenting with it for a while now, and this combination of spices is perfect for pork. Try it on some ribs, or a pork steak. It’s also good on beef and chicken, and we’ve got a suspicion it would be great to add to ground meat for an amazing burger.

It’s simple to use. Take some of the blend and rub it into the meat (guess that’s why they call it a rub) and throw it on the grill.

We’ll have our first batch of Kakao Cocoa Grill Rub tomorrow at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market, in packages of about two ounces for $4. See you there!

(And don’t forget our grand opening May 30 at the new shop at 2301 S. Jefferson!)

Signs of Great Things

Posted in Uncategorized on May 21, 2009 by Brian

We’re moving fast toward the grand opening of Kakao on May 30. That’s a week from Saturday, which means we’ve got a LOT to do. But a lot has already been done, so we’re in good shape.

The new shop is at 2301 S. Jefferson, about a half-mile south of I-44, at the corner of Jefferson and Shenandoah. A week ago, if you went to that intersection, you could look at the four buildings on each corner and you’d instantly know which one was Kakao because of the great paint job on the outside — the building is obviously a chocolate shop.

Now, there is no doubt.

Kakao in South City

Kakao in South City

 

Phil Jarvis hand-painted the signs on the windows facing both Jefferson and Shenandoah. He’s done several windows on businesses in the city, and we couldn’t be happier with his work.

Another sign, important in a different way, is up on the door as well.

Grade A Restaurant!

Grade A Restaurant!

That, folks, is the official seal of approval of the Health Department, which is significant in its own right, but is also the last step we needed to finalize our business license. Those of you who know the story of our first license on Cherokee Street know that this time was a breeze.

Gotta get back to the chocolate, but not before I let you know that at the Tower Grove Market on Saturday, because Memorial Day is such a big grilling holiday weekend, we’re going to have something very special and very unique for sale. Stay tuned!

Vote!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 19, 2009 by Brian

I’m not going to tell you how to vote for the Sauce Readers’ Choice Poll, of course.

But I’m definitely going to tell you to vote. Here’s the link.

And I’m going to remind you that Kakao is going to have a grand opening at our new shop at 2301 S. Jefferson in St. Louis on Saturday, May 30. And we’ve got two Wednesday Maplewood markets and a Saturday Tower Grove market between now and then. Plus a Girl’s Night Out at the Third Degree Glass Factory on Wednesday night with Kakao chocolates, massages, glass blowing, and lots of fun.

Did I mention that you should vote on the Sauce Readers’ Choice Poll?  Sorry, there’s a lot going on and it’s hard to keep track of it all…

Curtains Are Up!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 4, 2009 by Brian

Well, not as in “the show is starting.” The curtains are up, as in, the curtains have been installed in the new shop!

opening curtains

Yes, we’re well on our way to opening the first Kakao storefront. We’ve got our professional-grade plumbing almost complete, the rest of the utilities are all set, we’ve got our occupancy permit (SO much easier than the first time around) and we’ve got the movers scheduled.

(If you’re keeping score at home, the movers actually come after the Mother’s Day Tea and Truffle Tasting on May 10, which means that the Tasting will be in an empty store. No worries, we’ll have chairs and tables and a counter and lots of great chocolate and tea!)

So we’ve got a busy week coming up: a Puddn’head tasting on Friday night, the first Tower Grove Market on Saturday morning, a tasting at the Market at Busch’s Grove on Saturday afternoon, and the Mom’s Day event at the new shop. Then we move, and head into the next week of markets and other tastings!

Oh, another thing about the shop. You’ve heard all about the “stimulus package” and how it’s supposed to help small businesses, right? Well, it’s not there yet. So far, banks have just looked at us as if we have two heads when we’ve tried to get a loan (one even told us that a small business has to be in business for two years before they’ll even consider it; seriously). It’s coming, we’re told, but the money’s not there yet.

Which means that we’re not going to open up a brand new store with everything exactly the way we’d like it. It’s not going to look like Crate & Barrel, or even your average coffee shop, because we need to start slow with what we have, and build things up one step at a time.

We can do that because we know you all appreciate good chocolate. We’re going to continue making it for you, and only ask that you 1) keep enjoying it, and 2) keep telling your friends. We’ll continue to grow with your help.

Last, mark your calendars: Saturday, May 30 will be our GRAND OPENING. You’re not going to want to miss that!