Listing of Artisan chocolatiers in San Francisco

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Only in San Francisco, with its rich and lucious history of food, can one find four of the nation’s 11 major chocolate manufacturers and a disproportionate number of unique boutique chocolatiers.The Bay Area is home to some of the greatest chocolate factories in world including: The Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, See’s Candies , Scharffen Berger Chocolate (recently acquired by the Hershey Company) and Tcho


A new book about artisan producers: Food Heroes, by Georgia Pellegrini

Serious Reads: Food Heroes, by Georgia Pellegrini

“If you’ve ever wondered how to make the transition from your current career to one entirely based around food production, this book can be your guide.”

In a time when “local” and “sustainable” have become catch-all words for the foods we should be eating, it becomes easy to lose track of the individuals who put such excellent and fresh foods on our plates. Georgia Pellegrini, a former line cook at some serious restaurants, set out to find 16 artisan producers who are ensuring their craft is not forgotten. In Food Heroes: 16 Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition, she shares their stories and brings us glimpses into the world of making real food.

From a whisky producer in Colorado, to a “butter poet” in Cumbria, England, Pellegrini demonstrates the many forms and faces that artisan food can take. Here are just a few of the many figures she profiles.

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Cool Hunting: Alter Eco, global Fairtrade food brand

Alter Eco

Quinoa chocolate bars, purple jasmine rice and more from a powerhouse fair trade brand

Though today the fair trade food brand Alter Eco works with 25 cooperatives across 19 countries, they began in 1999 as a small shop in Paris carrying mostly furniture…. One of the leading members of the Fair Trade Initiative, their hands-on approach has led to major impacts in improving the food cycle…

Products range from bags of hearty grains like jasmine rice and quinoa to chocolate bars filled with sugary mint or crystallized orange peels…..

Each of Alter Eco’s 56 fair trade, USDA organic products sell on their site at reasonable prices…..For in-store purchase, check out the webstite’s retail locator, which lists carriers all across the U.S. and in parts of Canada.

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Great Canadian Beer Festival: Celebrating the Food and Drink of British Columbia

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“earlier this week, Gulf Island Brewing began harvesting its first crop of estate-grown hops. The organically grown hops, which began in 2009, are part of a collaborative farming partnership between Salt Spring Island Ales and neighboring organically certified Grandview Farms”

Celebrating the Food and Drink of British Columbia


6 Artisan producers featured in Food and Wine mag, USA

Via the True Blue Ridge blog came this feature from the September Food and Wine magazine in the USA. It features the following 6 small scale producers

Some great stories (and great websites too). The photo is from the North Caroline Organic Bread blog.