Archive for September, 2013

Taste of St. Louis, This Weekend!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2013 by Brian

We are so excited to be participating in the annual Taste of St. Louis again this year! (And we’re particularly excited this morning because we have a nice, cool, shady spot on Chestnut!)


This event is one of the largest and most well-attended in St. Louis, showcasing food, art, music and culture. Every culinary delight you can imagine will be available for purchase on Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row, including Kakao. We will have some of our favorite goodies on hand: several classic varieties of chocolate barks and bars, sea salt caramels, marshmallow pies, bacon brittle, and truffle shots. Also check us out at the 314 Hot Sauce Showcase Stage and Dining Area on Sunday at 5pm where Brian will present Get Your Chocolate On! 

Also keep an eye out for our friends Local Harvest Cafe (they sell our chocolate and hot chocolate), Naked Bacon (we make some of our candies from their bacon), Park Avenue Coffee/Ann & Allen Baking Company (they sell our chocolate and we sell gooey butter cakes they make with our ice cream sauces) and The Cup (we collaborate with them on their cupcakes) among many others. 

Check out the Culinary Stage for award-winning St. Louis chefs and brewmasters as well as the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale ( Over two dozen brewers will staff the Beers of the World experience, where tasting size samples will be available for purchase. Free music includes performances by St. Louis’ own Pokey LaFarge, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, The Samples and The Dusty 45s, among many others. Tickets are available for Russo’s VIP lounge where guests will be treated to drinks, upscale hors d’oeuvres, music and private restrooms. Discover the Artwalk, featuring dozens of artists selling their wares.  The Marketplace will showcase local and national businesses. And there’s lots of fun for kids in Kid City: Saturday and Sunday 11am-5:30pm kids can enjoy learning about safety, recycling, farming, and more!

Centered at Soldiers’ Memorial 12th Street & Market (check out a detailed map on Taste’s website)

 Free Admission for all!

Friday, September 27, 4pm – 11pm

Saturday, September 28, 11am – 11pm

Sunday, September 29, 11am – 9pm


Metrolink is recommended as parking may be difficult (and probably costly).  

Visit for details and important information about the rules for attendance (such as no coolers or pets).

Art of Food, Part IV

Posted in Uncategorized on September 16, 2013 by Brian

We love food.  We love to eat it. we love to cook it.  In our eyes, it has been elevated to art.


Thanks to Slow Food St. Louis and a bevy of sponsors, you too can experience the Art of Food at this special event on Friday.  Slow Food St. Louis is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and supporting local food traditions.  Throughout the year, they work to produce educational events, films, Truck Farm visits and tastings.  They also sponsor the Small Farm Biodiversity Micro-Grant program, though which they have been able to give generously to local, sustainable farmers, enabling them to grow or raise more than 250 different heirloom varieties of produce and heritage breeds of animals.

The annual Art of Food is a fundraising event that benefits those programs through Slow Food St. Louis, and it seems like just yesterday that we did this — this is our fourth year, in fact.  It’s a fantastic event, where you can sample bites from local chefs who prepare them in the slow food tradition. Many of your favorites will be on hand this year, including Maplewood’s own Cassy Vires of Home Wine Kitchen and Table, and many others  Kakao will be sampling a surprise treat, and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Also at the event: a silent auction of local food gift baskets and art pieces, a street fair outside the venue where guests can learn about event sponsors and local food culture, a cash bar and tastings from local wineries and breweries.


Friday September 20th, 6:30pm-10pm

Lumen (2201 Locust St., 63103 catty-corner from the Tap Room parking lot)

$65 Early Entry at 6:00 pm

$40 General Admission at 6:30 pm

$25 Late Entry at 8:00 pm (food likely but not guaranteed)

(Members receive $10 discount on all ticket prices)


For more information and to purchase tickets, visit