Archive for August, 2009

Kakao Downtown

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2009 by Brian

Goodness what a busy week. An enormous wedding with several hundred boxes of caramels, and tonight is the RFT’s Artopia (which you won’t want to miss if you want to get some free samples of Kakao caramels and marshmallow pies, while they last). We’ve been busy with other new products, too, like a Marbled Mocha Cardamom Cake that looks and smells sublime.

We’re also excited to let you know about our new locations downtown St. Louis. No, we’re not moving, and we’re really not opening a new store. We’re partnering with some great city businesses, making it even easier for folks who live or work downtown to grab some Kakao Chocolate.

First, check out Anatomy of Style, at 3001 Locust.  Gini, the owner, has helped thousands of women define their personal styles by offering suggestions on how to dress individual shapes.  Anatomy of Style also offers sugar scrubs, salt scrubs, bath salts and body oils in dozens of different scents. And now, they’re also offering Kakao Chocolates.

Next is a newcomer to downtown, Mama Figlia, right next to the Dubliner, at 1021 Washington. The specialties here are all Italian — gifts and custom gift baskets filled with items imported from Italy and by special local producers, including Kakao Chocolate. We’re hoping to work with them on some special Italian confections. (Any suggestions?)

Last but certainly not least is City Grocers, at 10th and Olive. For the past five years City Grocers has been serving the downtown community, and they’ve recently renewed that commitment by renovating and re-arranging their store and offering more local product, like Kakao.

Oh, and a big shout-out to Puddn’Head Books, a great Kakao friend and retailer, for an article about their successes in the recent Riverfront Times — yes, we can feel the love, too!

Celebrity (?) Chocolate

Posted in Uncategorized on August 17, 2009 by Brian

Some things are inexplicable. They happen without apparent cause — not by accident, but for reasons that don’t make much sense.

And so it is that your Chocolatier Brian Pelletier has been invited to be a “Celebrity” Waiter at a fundraiser this Thursday for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Who knows how these things happen, because I’m certainly not a celebrity.

Even if the “how” is unknown, the “why” is certain. The Crisis Nursery helps prevent child abuse and neglect, and provides emergency intervention, respite care and support to families in crisis. It works, too: 99% of children whose families remain involved with the Crisis Nursery do not experience abuse, and 99% of Crisis Nursery children remain in their natural home.

The Celebrity Waiter and Waitress Night is a huge fundraiser for the Crisis Nursery. I’m pretty excited about it, not just for the opportunity to help raise money, but hopefully to meet some real celebrities.

Yes, raising money. Here’s how it works: you come to the Canyon Cafe at Frontenac Plaza this Thursday between 7 and 9 p.m. when I’m working my tables. MAKE RESERVATIONS at 314.872.3443. NOW. Ask for a table in my section, and I’ll take good care of you. You have a great meal, hear more about the Crisis Nursery, (hopefully meet some real celebrities as well), and then you tip, generously, because it all goes to the Crisis Nursery.

Lots of other stuff to know, right here:

CWN 2009-CW Flyer-Pelletier

If you can’t make it, you can still give, and you and Kakao can still get the credit. Just send me a note and let me know how much you’d like to contribute, and we’ll add it to the total for the night.

Hope to see you there!

A Bevy of New Chocolates!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 7, 2009 by Brian

We’ve got some really exciting chocolate goodness in store (and at market) for you this weekend!

First, we’re offering our long-awaited Bacon Bark. Except it’s not made with bacon — too many chocolatiers are already using regular old brined and smoked pork. No, we’ve got something special: pancetta.

Artisan pancetta. Pancetta made by a local purveyor. Cured, not smoked. Made with cinnamon, allspice, and other spices. We cooked it up, crumbled it to bits, and put it both inside and on top of a special blend of semi-sweet chocolate. And then sprinkled on a just a tad of sea salt for good measure.

And then the chocolate coffee beans.

You’ll notice right away that these are different. This is our first go, and we tried a couple of different things, and expect to try more. First, Kakao Chocolate-Covered Coffee isn’t smooth and shiny. That’s because they were made by hand, not by machine, with several layers of chocolate rather than one big glump. Next, we used a medium roast bean rather than the espresso beans that might be more familiar to you (we’re meeting soon with a coffee roaster to determine the best bean for your buck).

In any case, early reports are that they’re good. And they’re just going to get better.

What else? Oh, truffles! MARGARITA TRUFFLES. Made with fresh-squeezed lime juice, 100% agave tequila, and a bit of limed salt on top. I’m just about to dip them, and I have to say the ganache is wonderful. (Also dipping some Earl Grey Tea Truffles, which we haven’t made in a while.)

Shannon, our pastry expert, today will put the finishing touches on her coconut cake with passion fruit filling. Really scruptious!

All of the above will be available at the Kakao Cafe at 2301 S. Jefferson, and at the Tower Grove Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning, until we run out.

And one more thing, at the Cafe for dine-in only: milk chocolate cremosa with espresso-cream parfait. I’ll just let that speak for itself.

See you soon!

Kakao Pajama Party!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 4, 2009 by Brian

Yes, you read that correctly. We’re having a pajama party on Thursday, August 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.!

No, you don’t need to wear your PJ’s, you can buy them. We’re excited to present a trunk show by PJ’s by Pinkie, makers of lovely pajamas for women, men and children.

PJ's by Pinkie

PJ's by Pinkie

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll also have Indigo Massage here providing chair massages. Kakao is sponsoring free massages (five minutes with a $25 or more purchase), or you can buy a massage for $1 a minute. Massages will be available starting at 6:30 p.m.

Oh, and chocolate, of course! We’ll have our truffles, caramels, marshmallow pies and other treats. Plus we’ll have some special desserts that we know you’ll really love.

Chocolate, massage, what else could you want?

Perhaps some wine? We’ll have to see what we can do…