Chocolate for geeks and gourmands
Nothing takes the edge off a workday better than a bite of gourmet chocolate, so W’s editors were more than happy when a package filled with samples arrived from San Francisco chocolatier TCHO. Co-founded by a former NASA software developer and helmed by a founder of Wired magazine, TCHO has a definite techie vibe—the company boasts a “flavor lab” where employees track the origin and taste of the cacao it uses, and production is monitored via iPhone—but it’s the intensely rich flavors and sustainably-sourced ingredients that have foodies (and us) buzzing. TCHO’s fans on the West Coast include Los Angeles chef and locavore guru Akasha Richmond, and its chocolates are used in the deserts and coffee drinks at Chez Panisse. The goodies have been carried by Whole Foods since last year, but sweettooths on the East Coast will be seeing more of TCHO in the months ahead: the company plans to launch its first milk chocolate at June’s Fancy Food Show in New York.