Archive for April, 2010

Mother’s Day Chocolate

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 by Brian

Wouldn’t your mom love to enjoy a nice afternoon of fine tea and artisan chocolate?

Once again Kakao is teaming up with Traveling Tea’s Kateri Meyer — a.k.a. The Tea Lady – for our Second Annual Mother’s Day Tea and Truffle Tasting. Join us on Sunday, May 9, from noon to 4:30 at the Kakao Shop, 2301 S. Jefferson,  for a special selection of teas and tea-infused truffles.

The Tea Lady will be serving sublime teas such as light and refreshing White Blueberry, the ever-popular Ginger Citrus, and Jasmine Green. She’ll also be serving a very special Creamy Chocolate Mint (a Traveling Tea custom herbal blend) and a First Flush Darjeeling, a delicate afternoon tea.

To pair with your tea, Kakao will have a selection of truffles made from Traveling Tea blends, including Earl Grey Tea, Rose Petal Red Tea, Chai, Mint Tea with Candied Lemon and Oolong Tea with Organic Dried Pineapple. We’ll also have our unique Smoke Truffle, made from Lapsang Souchong tea, as well as a wide selection of other truffles and confections.

 Our special tea and truffle selections will be available by the piece or cup, or you can select two truffles and a cup of tea for $5, or three truffles and two cups of tea for $7. We’ll also have packaged tea and all our confections available for sale, of course.

For those of you keeping score at home, you probably noticed that this is the Second Annual Mother’s Day Tea and Truffle Tasting. Yes indeed, the first thing we did in the Kakao shop a year ago, before we actually moved everything in, was the Mother’s Day Tasting — the place was bare except for a few rented tables and chairs. Since then we’ve filled the shop with all our supplies, work space, espresso machine, truffle case, and our cozy cafe chairs and tables, even as we continue to grow and expand our chocolate and confectionary offerings. We couldn’t have done it without your support, so thank you!

Pam’s Peppermint Patties

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2010 by Brian

Brian’s mom is in the house!

And he put her straight to work in the Kakao kitchen. Pam loves mint and chocolate, so she started working on mint creams, using the recipe we modified from our blog-friend Fig Jam and Lime Cordial in Australia. She made the mint cream (we use peppermint oil, which is a stick of dynamite compared to the firecracker of mint extract), rolled it out, cooled it off, and sliced it into patties.

Here she is putting a ‘foot’ on the creams before we dip them. We foot (or ‘bottom’) the creams with tempered chocolate to give the fork something solid to rest on when we dip them in chocolate, otherwise the fork would smoosh through the soft cream. (We do the same thing with truffles, all at once before we cut them up.)

Pam didn’t want to get too close to the tempering machine to dip them, so Brian did the dipping. But Pam stood by and decorated each mint thin with a swoosh of chocolate.

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, but Pam claimed a couple of the confections didn’t look right, so they couldn’t be sold. She was happy to use them as a quality control taste test, though.

Today Pam will be stopping by the St. Louis Community Farmers Market and will be at the Kakao Cafe this afternoon, and we’ll have Mint Thins available at both locations. And don’t forget that the Maplewood Farmers Market is weekly on Wednesday afternoons now.

Summer Markets, 2010

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 by Brian

At the same time, it seems both early and late to be starting the summer market season.

Not more than a month ago it was cold and dark and seemed that the last bits of winter were going to stick around forever. In the past couple of weeks it’s been gorgeous, and the winter weather seems a distant memory.

Must be time for the farmers markets to begin. And Kakao is ready. For four of them!

The first summer market will be the Maplewood Market at Schlafly’s Bottleworks, which starts TODAY, and continues through fall, every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. (Because who doesn’t want to do their shopping while enjoying a nice Schlafly beer…?)

The last of the winter markets is the St. Louis Community Farmers Market this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John’s on Arsenal by Grand. (It’s really going to be tough calling this a ‘winter’ market when it’s supposed to be 72 degrees on Saturday, but oh well.)

That market morphs back into the Tower Grove Farmers Market starting on Saturday, May 8 and continues every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Two weeks after that, May 22, Kakao will venture west to the Clayton Farmers Market, at Straub’s in Clayton, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. That’s right, folks, Kakao is going to do two markets every Saturday — we’re excited to be expanding!

But wait, there’s even more! Starting on June 3, the folks at the Tower Grove market are launching the Downtown Farmers Market by the Old Post Office downtown St. Louis. Located on Locust between 8th and 9th Streets, this market will run from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and bring fresh locally grown produce and locally produced products (including Kakao, of course!) to city dwellers and workers alike.

Yes, four markets a week for Kakao this summer. And of course we’re going to have the shop open our regular hours, Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Oh, one more thing: tonight is the Iron Fork competition at the St. Louis Union Station Marriott from 6 to 9 p.m. There’ll be dozens of restaurants there with samples of their best, including Kakao — we’re bringing sea salt caramels and marshmallow pies.

And we have a few tickets to the event for our loyal customers. Keep an eye on our Facebook page (you’re a fan already, right?) to see how you can get them into your hands, free.

See you soon!