Fine Chocolate Industry association Chocolate Guide

Heading to FCIA's annual event in San Francisco? Or maybe you just want to know the lay of the land in San Francisco. Check out this guide and get busy exploring the best the Bay Area has on tap for chocolate.

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Los Angeles

Farmshop

This anchor of Brentwood Country Mart is pretty remarkable: it’s not only an exceptional restaurant, it’s also a beautifully curated artisan market, all under one stylish roof. I’ve been working with Farmshop since right around its opening in 2012 to develop and support Los Angeles's best craft chocolate program. We're constantly talking and tasting chocolate, and the shop carries some of the best craft chocolate around, including Bar Cacao's partner makers Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition, Ritual, Castronovo, Patric, Amano and Soma. 

Wally's Cheese Box

Wally’s Wine, around since the 60s, has become a heavy hitter in the wine world in Los Angeles, and its adjacent Cheese Box offers the same for cheese and specialty goods. I’ve worked with Jenny Knotts and her team to add excellent craft chocolate to their specialty food selection inside The Cheese Box. They now carry not only one of the best craft chocolate selections in LA, including Dick Taylor, Ritual, Fruition, Askinosie, Fresco and Dandelion, but also a solid selection of internationally-produced chocolate, like Amedei, Bonnat and Marou. Their sandwiches are deservedly enormously popular, and friendly, knowledgeable cheesemongers are happy to offer tastes of chocolate and, of course, lots of cheese…

Wally's Vinoteca

Posh, downright swanky new Beverly Hills address is filled with Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition, Askinosie and select others in addition to that whole amazingly beautiful-people wine bar scene. Also carries the infamous To’ak, if you have $260 to spare. The Marciano brothers of Guess fame have an international expansion plan, and Wally’s Vinoteca in Beverly Hills is its first stage. Expect shops in Chicago, New York, Paris and London down the line. Armand Marciano wants Bar Cacao to grow with Wally’s both nationally and internationally, so stay tuned.

The Oaks Gourmet

Grab a sandwich and meet your agent at Bar Cacao’s newest LA-area relationship, though The Oaks has flirted with Fruition, Askinosie and Dick Taylor in the past. They’re now committed to those makers, Ritual, Fresco and more with Bar Cacao’s support.

Larchmont Wine & Cheese

Walk right in to a wall of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Rococo and more to nibble after a coveted deli sandwich. Grab a bottle of wine for the party, and say hi to Sergio and Simon.

Erewhon Markets

An excellent range of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition and Askinosie craft chocolate has arrived at Los Angeles’s favorite health food store, because “if it’s here, it’s good for you.”

San Francisco

Bi-Rite Markets

It’s been a joy to introduce Bi-Rite to Soma, Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Castronovo and other top chocolate makers since 2013. Bi-Rite and its guests have been learning about the evolving world of craft chocolate via Bar Cacao's regular staff tastings & trainings and holiday demos, helping guests raise their craft chocolate bars. 

Rainbow Grocery

Since Bar Cacao landed in SF in 2014, Kristen Connolly and Bar Cacao have been carving out a craft chocolate selection at the city's 40-year-old vegetarian co-op. It's become a model in specialty grocers for introducing a craft chocolate program and supporting a broad range of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition, Amano, Zotter and an ever-expanding selection of craft chocolate.

Farm Fresh To You

A wraparound checkout area filled with chocolate of all kinds has been raising its bar ever since Anderson welcomed Bar Cacao and nearly every last maker it supports onto its shelves. Both under the radar and right under your nose, this is one of the best places for craft chocolate selection and price in the Bay. Sleeper hit for all your chocolate needs.

Other Avenues

SF co-op in the Outer Sunset that has a carefully curated selection of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco and Fruition.

Chocolate Covered

Jack has kept me and the city covered for my original love, Bonnat, and a cutting-edge selection of other beautiful bars. I get my secret favorite here, and Jack and I play nice with Palette de Bine, Fresco, Hummingbird and Rococo. You get access to chocolate nirvana. Win, win, win.

Coming Soon

Bar (S)hopping

LA: Farmshop

This anchor of Brentwood Country Mart is pretty remarkable: it’s not only an exceptional restaurant, it’s also a beautifully curated artisan market, all under one stylish roof. I’ve been working with Farmshop since right around its opening in 2012 to develop and support Los Angeles's best craft chocolate program. We're constantly talking and tasting chocolate, and the shop carries some of the best craft chocolate around, including Bar Cacao's partner makers Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition, Ritual, Castronovo, Patric, Amano and Soma. 

LA: Wally's Wine & Vinoteca

The Cheese Box at Wally’s Wine: Wally’s Wine, around since the 60s, has become a heavy hitter in the wine world in Los Angeles, and its adjacent Cheese Box offers the same for cheese and specialty goods. I’ve worked with Jenny Knotts and her team to add excellent craft chocolate to their specialty food selection inside The Cheese Box. They now carry not only one of the best craft chocolate selections in LA, including Dick Taylor, Ritual, Fruition, Askinosie, Fresco and Dandelion, but also a solid selection of internationally-produced chocolate, like Amedei, Bonnat and Marou. Their sandwiches are deservedly enormously popular, and friendly, knowledgeable cheesemongers are happy to offer tastes of chocolate and, of course, lots of cheese…


Wally’s Vinoteca: Posh, downright swanky new Beverly Hills address is filled with Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition, Askinosie and select others in addition to that whole amazingly beautiful-people wine bar scene. Also carries the infamous To’ak, if you have $260 to spare. The Marciano brothers of Guess fame have an international expansion plan, and Wally’s Vinoteca in Beverly Hills is its first stage. Expect shops in Chicago, New York, Paris and London down the line. Armand Marciano wants Bar Cacao to grow with Wally’s both nationally and internationally, so stay tuned.

LA: Erewhon Grocery

An excellent range of craft chocolate has arrived at Los Angeles’s favorite health food store, because “if it’s here, it’s good for you.”

SF: Bi-Rite Markets

It’s been a joy to introduce Bi-Rite to Soma, Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Castronovo and other top chocolate makers since 2013. Bi-Rite and its guests have been learning about the evolving world of craft chocolate via Bar Cacao's regular staff tastings & trainings and holiday demos, helping guests raise their craft chocolate bars. 

SF: Rainbow Grocery

Since Bar Cacao landed in SF in 2014, Kristen Connolly and Bar Cacao have been carving out a craft chocolate selection at the city's 40-year-old vegetarian co-op. It's become a model in specialty grocers for introducing a craft chocolate program and supporting a broad range of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco, Fruition, Amano and an ever-expanding selection of craft chocolate.

SF: Farm Fresh To You

A wraparound checkout area filled with chocolate of all kinds has been raising its bar ever since Anderson welcomed Bar Cacao and the makers it supports onto its shelves. This is one of the best places for selection and price for craft chocolate in the Bay.

LA: Larchmont Wine & Cheese

Walk right in to a wall of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Rococo and more to nibble after a coveted deli sandwich. Grab a bottle of wine for the party, and say hi to Sergio and Simon.

LA: The Oaks Gourmet

Bar Cacao’s newest LA-area relationship, though The Oaks has flirted with Fruition, Askinosie and Dick Taylor in the past. They’re now committed to those makers, Ritual, Fresco and more with Bar Cacao’s support.

SF: Chocolate Covered

Jack has kept me and the city covered for my original love, Bonnat, and a cutting-edge selection of other beautiful bars. I get my secret favorite here, and Jack and I play nice with Palette de Bine, Fresco, Hummingbird and Rococo. You get access to chocolate nirvana. Win, win, win.

SF: Other Avenues

SF co-op in the Outer Sunset that has a carefully curated selection of Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fresco and Fruition.

WI: Madison Chocolate

Partnering with choco-chica Megan Hile on curation support for Madison Chocolate's Chocolate Library in Madison, Wisconsin, brings the chocolate community together for you to enjoy.

Coming soon

Where would you like to see a craft chocolate program?

SF Bom Dia: Defunct

Beautifully curated specialty shop in Noe Valley has raised its bar with an entire shelf dedicated to the makers that Bar Cacao works with: Ritual, Dick Taylor, Askinosie, Fresco and Fruition.

LA Venokado: Defunct

This is the very first shop in LA to work with both Ritual and Bar Cacao. Dick Taylor is now quite popular. 24 Blackbirds has been spotted here, too.

LA K&L Wine Merchants

Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fruition and Fresco arrived in time for the holidays! Test your pairing skills with access to the best.

SF Sixth Course

A carefully curated wall of craft chocolate bars from Ritual, Dick Taylor, Fruition and Askinosie enhances dessert nirvana in the Mission. If your favorite isn’t here, Bar Cacao’s chocolate closet is just a block away.

LA Vicente Foods: Defunct

The one that got away to a shady distributor rep.

SF The Market on Market: Defunct

Sometimes you plant the seeds and a new buyer throws away the garden. I hear it's bouncing back though.

Mission: Craft Chocolate CA

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