WBEZ | single origin http://www.wbez.org/tags/single-origin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Single-origin chocolate, sold in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/single-origin-chocolate-sold-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/tcho.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>I was walking along the Embarcadero in San Francisco earlier this week, and spotted a familiar sign on the side of one of the enormous piers that juts into the harbor.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>It said simply &ldquo;New American Chocolate&rdquo; and next to it, &quot;TCHO.&quot;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Then I realized I had just read a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/dining/03chocolate.html" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">huge profile about the company</a>&nbsp;in last week&rsquo;s Dining section in the New York Times.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>I recalled their commitment to single-origin cacao beans, sourced from specific farms within about 15 degrees of the equator.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Like most progressive coffee companies, they adhere to a strict &ldquo;fair trade&rdquo; ethos, and like a lot of wine producers these days, speak of the&nbsp;<em>terroir</em>&nbsp;of the beans, describing their finished chocolates in terms of their associations with citrusy, fruity or nutty characteristics.</p><p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em;" class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p><p style="padding: 0px; margin: 0.6em 0px 1.2em;" class="MsoNormal">I walked inside, and introduced myself to the guy working behind the counter (a former Second City/ImprovOlympic guy from Lake View, by the way), and he agreed to talk to me a bit on camera about the company and its philosophy.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Best of all, you can find it locally in Chicago at a number of places, such as&nbsp;<a href="http://www.fox-obel.com" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Fox &amp; Obel</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.marionstreetcheesemarket.com" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Marion Street Cheese Market</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.southportgrocery.com/" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">Southport Grocery</a>, to name just a few local outlets.<span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Easier still, just go to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tcho.com" style="color: rgb(2, 122, 198); text-decoration: none;">www.tcho.com</a>&nbsp;to order directly.</p><p><iframe width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/16683148?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/16683148"><br /></a></p></p> Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/single-origin-chocolate-sold-chicago