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Tasting Seminar: Askinosie Chocolate
18 Reasons
San Francisco, CA
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Tasting Seminar: Askinosie Chocolate
{A led tasting and discussion.}
Monday, January 20, 7:00-9:00pm
Tickets: $25 for members, $35 for the general public

Chocolate has one of the most complex flavor profiles of any food; it contains more than 600 aromatic compounds. Like grapes and coffee beans, cacao absorbs chemical components from the soil in which it's grown, and thus, like wine, it tastes of terrior. Shawn Askinosie was one of the first American producers to champion the bean-to-bar method to preserve the singular character of beans from different regions. He also runs a business based on inspiring and sustainable business ethics.

During this 2-hour tasting seminar, Shawn will lead a tasting of Askinosie chocolates, relating each bite to the origin of the beans. He will discuss his business practices (e.g., sourcing, direct trade, sustainability, etc.) and share stories and insights from his recent trips around the world, where he sourced cocoa beans and worked with the community farmers.

Shawn Askinosie is the founder and chocolate maker of Askinosie Chocolate. Since founding Askinosie Chocolate after working in criminal law for 20 years, Shawn's social business model has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine and numerous other publications. Shawn sells his chocolate throughout the U.S. and exports to stores around the world. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Affairs degree in May 2012 to "recognize his contributions as a community leader, an entrepreneur, a role model and an inspiration to students and others."

Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch award winning chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Missouri, sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn travels to regions of Ecuador, Honduras, the Philippines and Tanzania to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other; sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.


18 Reasons (View)
3674 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States


Food > Sweets

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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