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Future of Fine Chocolate? at Ritz Carlton

July 9, 2011 from 5pm to 10pm
The news is full of stories about rising cacao prices, future cacao shortages and the efforts underway to address these issues. The majority of the emphasis is on making cacao more disease resistant and increasing the yield. These are all wonderful efforts, but...what's going on to preserve fine flavor? How will we preserve the amazing and outstanding cacao enjoyed by chocolate aficionados, produced by artisan chocolate makers and used by pastry chefs and chocolatiers today?Join us on Saturday…See More
Jun 25, 2011
Clay Gordon commented on MJ Stojak's event Future of Fine Chocolate?
"I would love to be there but have a prior conflict that will keep me from attending. Is there going to be a video or audio recording or transcript? I would like to be able to excerpt parts of the discussion for ChocolateLife members."
Jun 16, 2011
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Future of Fine Chocolate? at Ritz Carlton

July 9, 2011 from 5pm to 10pm
The news is full of stories about rising cacao prices, future cacao shortages and the efforts underway to address these issues. The majority of the emphasis is on making cacao more disease resistant and increasing the yield. These are all wonderful efforts, but...what's going on to preserve fine flavor? How will we preserve the amazing and outstanding cacao enjoyed by chocolate aficionados, produced by artisan chocolate makers and used by pastry chefs and chocolatiers today?Join us on Saturday…See More
Jun 16, 2011
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Nov 1, 2010
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The FCIA's Summer Program featuring an educational session on Cocoa Flavor; How Genetics, Fermentation, and Environment Affect the Inherent Flavor Profile at Radisson Martinique

June 26, 2010 from 3pm to 10pm
EVENT DETAILSThe Fine Chocolate Industry Association's (FCIAs) Summer Event is packed full of information and fun! Our educational program explores the work being done to preserve the flavor profile of rarer cocoa genome types before the beans get into the hands of the chocolate maker. Taste a rare sample and evaluate how this scientific work could impact its flavor.The event also includes a session on extending shelf life for fine chocolate truffles and confections (Members-Only Session).…See More
May 31, 2010
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The FCIA's Summer Program featuring an educational session on Cocoa Flavor; How Genetics, Fermentation, and Environment Affect the Inherent Flavor Profile at Radisson Martinique

June 26, 2010 from 3pm to 10pm
EVENT DETAILSThe Fine Chocolate Industry Association's (FCIAs) Summer Event is packed full of information and fun! Our educational program explores the work being done to preserve the flavor profile of rarer cocoa genome types before the beans get into the hands of the chocolate maker. Taste a rare sample and evaluate how this scientific work could impact its flavor.The event also includes a session on extending shelf life for fine chocolate truffles and confections (Members-Only Session).…See More
May 17, 2010
MJ Stojak's event was featured
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The FCIA's Summer Program featuring an educational session on Cocoa Flavor; How Genetics, Fermentation, and Environment Affect the Inherent Flavor Profile at Radisson Martinique

June 26, 2010 from 3pm to 10pm
EVENT DETAILSThe Fine Chocolate Industry Association's (FCIAs) Summer Event is packed full of information and fun! Our educational program explores the work being done to preserve the flavor profile of rarer cocoa genome types before the beans get into the hands of the chocolate maker. Taste a rare sample and evaluate how this scientific work could impact its flavor.The event also includes a session on extending shelf life for fine chocolate truffles and confections (Members-Only Session).…See More
May 16, 2010
MJ Stojak's event was featured

Webinar Workshop: Chocolate Manufacturing (& Working with Raw Chocolate) at 3 session webinar scheduled each day from noon-1PM eastern time

April 13, 2010 at 12pm to April 15, 2010 at 1pm
The National Confectioners Association (NCA) and Fine Chocolate Industry Association (FCIA) are sponsoring a 3-day webinar on April 13-15. The Chocolate Manufacturing workshop is hosted by the NCA and designed for small and medium artisan confectioners and chocolate makers that process cocoa beans and manufacture chocolate and work with raw chocolate.This course will inform chocolate manufacturers of impending laws and regulations that will impact their business and the essential food safety…See More
Mar 28, 2010
Clay Gordon replied to MJ Stojak's discussion anyone producing easter chocolates in a nut-free environment?
"Mary Jo - Are you looking for personal consumption because you (or someone you plan to gift to) is allergic? Or is there some official FCIA reason for the request? Your classifying this as news and including your FCIA affiliation makes me ask. If…"
Mar 24, 2010
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Fine Chocolate Industry Association Meeting in SF at Hotel Nikko

January 16, 2010 from 5pm to 11pm
Dear Chocolate Life Supporters,We'd like to extend a special invitation to our upcoming event on Saturday evening January 16th in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko! This year our event includes our Members Gallery Showcase, the Educational Program, and our Industry Cocktail Reception.EVENT AGENDA5-6:30PM Check-in, Members Gallery Showcase6-7:30PM Educational Program; Mystery, Myths, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits7:30 - ??? Industry Cocktail Reception--------------------Check-in opens at…See More
Dec 18, 2009
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FCIA Educational Program & Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception at Radisson Martinique on Broadway

June 27, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
For those of you who have a Fine Chocolate Business or are seriously considering starting one, we are hosting a few events on Saturday June 27th in New York City that you may be interested in attending.If you are planning to be in New York for the Fancy Food Show, or live in the general area, consider joining us for our educational program and/or the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception.Registration is required. More information is available on the FCIA's website:…See More
Jun 24, 2009
Carol is attending MJ Stojak's event

FCIA Educational Program & Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception at Radisson Martinique on Broadway

June 27, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
For those of you who have a Fine Chocolate Business or are seriously considering starting one, we are hosting a few events on Saturday June 27th in New York City that you may be interested in attending.If you are planning to be in New York for the Fancy Food Show, or live in the general area, consider joining us for our educational program and/or the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception.Registration is required. More information is available on the FCIA's website:…See More
Jun 20, 2009
Clay Gordon commented on MJ Stojak's event FCIA Educational Program & Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception
"What MaryJo neglected to mention was the name of the presenter for the State of the Cocoa Bean session" "Dr Juan C. Motomayor discusses the implications for the industry of the results of the 2008 study: Geographic and Genetic Population…"
Jun 18, 2009
MJ Stojak's event was featured

FCIA Educational Program & Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception at Radisson Martinique on Broadway

June 27, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
For those of you who have a Fine Chocolate Business or are seriously considering starting one, we are hosting a few events on Saturday June 27th in New York City that you may be interested in attending.If you are planning to be in New York for the Fancy Food Show, or live in the general area, consider joining us for our educational program and/or the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception.Registration is required. More information is available on the FCIA's website:…See More
Jun 7, 2009
Clay Gordon might attend MJ Stojak's event

FCIA Educational Program & Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception at Radisson Martinique on Broadway

June 27, 2009 from 5pm to 9pm
For those of you who have a Fine Chocolate Business or are seriously considering starting one, we are hosting a few events on Saturday June 27th in New York City that you may be interested in attending.If you are planning to be in New York for the Fancy Food Show, or live in the general area, consider joining us for our educational program and/or the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Reception.Registration is required. More information is available on the FCIA's website:…See More
Jun 7, 2009

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Dark, Milk, White?
Dark, Milk, White
Most memorable chocolate experience:
IPerugia 2004 Chocolate Festival
My favorite chocolate is:
so many to name

MJ Stojak's Blog

Mystery, Myth, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 4:30pm 1 Comment

This blog post is for three purposes:

(1) We request your help. What questions do you have around this issue? What would you like our panel of experts to respond to? Please post them here.

(2) We wish to let you know about an upcoming educational program sponsored by The Fine Chocolate Industry Association (www.FineChocolateIndustry.org) on January 16, 2010 in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko.

(3) This program is one of a few… Continue

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