Fine Chocolate Industry Association 



InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA  94103

Tempering the Bond: Chocolate Makers & Chocolatiers

Join FCIA as we explore how we can strengthen the bond between chocolate makers and chocolatiers 

to help all chocolate professionals achieve greater success.  

Recognition of Excellence Awards Ceremonies

Every two years FCIA is proud to present these awards to individuals and companies 
who have made a significant contribution to the fine chocolate industry.  
Please join us for the ceremonies and be prepared to be inspired!

We've added something new - Table Talks

In addition to our educational programming, Gallery Showcase, Recognition of Excellence Awards Ceremony and networking, 

Table Talks will be a great way to get to know your colleagues and  participate in lively conversation about topics of interest to you.  

Starting at 3:30 through 4:30 PM, prior to the official educational program, join in at several tables for casual discussions of topics like:

Packaging: Cost/Usability vs Impact
Business Performance Excellence
Advanced Cacao Farming Practices
Doing Business across Borders


"As a new member in the FCIA the last year's event was my first exposure to the membership. Not only was I welcomed as a peer, I was exposed to suppliers and fellow chocolatiers that cared as much as I do about Chocolate. The evening provided a wealth of information, from quality packaging suppliers to extremely unique Chocolates to work with and educational resources. I look forward to a continuing membership as "Papa's Chocolates" continues to grow."
John Walter, Papa's Chocolates
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Upcoming events

    • 10 Jan 2015
    • 3:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • InterContinental Hotel - 888 Howard Street San Francisco, CA 94103

    Join us at the InterContinental Hotel in 
    San Francisco for our Winter  


         Tempering the Bond:
    Chocolate Makers & Chocolatiers


    Chocolatiers and chocolate manufacturers have been partners in the story of fine chocolate and its evolution over the years. But this is a partnership that is often not acknowledged, fully understood or appreciated. There’s often a lack of knowledge not only on the part of consumers, but the partners themselves. FCIA wants to shine a light on this partnership, explore how to strengthen it, and learn how we can all benefit by tempering the bond between chocolate manufacturers and chocolatiers.  Read more . . .

    Our Panelists Will Discuss:

    • The challenges and benefits in seeking out specialty chocolates from either traditional chocolate manufacturers or artisan chocolate makers.
    • The pros and cons in using specialty chocolates for products and how this approach may or may not help chocolatiers to differentiate their products.
    • Ideas for helping the consumer to appreciate the extra time and effort it takes to create and produce these specialty chocolates.


    Pre-Program Activities:
    3:30 PM Registration Opens
    3:30 - 9:00 Gallery Showcase and Networking

    NEW!  3:30 - 4:30 Table Talks 

    Educational Program:
    5:30 Welcome - Pam Williams
    5:30-5:40 Recognition of Excellence Awards Ceremony - Clark Guittard
    5:40-6:15 Heirloom Cacao Announcement and Tasting - Dan Pearson,
                   Ed Seguine and Sepp Schonbachler (more info . . .)
    6:15-6:20 Matt Caputo,
    Tony Caputo's Market & Deli, Supporting HCP
                   Educational Session introduction - Melanie Boudar
    6:20-7:35 Educational Session:
    Panel Moderator:  Rich Tango-Lowy
       Chocolate Manufacturer:
          Gary Guittard, Guittard Chocolate Company
       Chocolate Makers:     
          Brad Kintzer, TCHO, 
          Mark Harman, Mesocacao
          Maya Schoop-Rutten, Chocolate Maya
          Richard Tango-Lowy, Dancing Lion Chocolate
    7:35-9:00 Networking

    • FCIA's Gallery (vendor) Showcase will be open from 3:30-9:00 PM
    • Complimentary coffee, tea, and water will be available during the event.
    • A  no-host bar will be open from 4:30-9 PM
    • An appetiser buffet will be offered during the evening

    FCIA Event Sponsors

    We are extremely grateful to the generous support from these event sponsors


    ------FCIA Gallery Showcase Vendors ----- 

    Our (vendor) Gallery Showcase is a great way to check out new products and get advise relevant to you business. Visit companies like:

    Bakon USA Food Equipment, Cargil, CasaLuker, CocoaTown, Chef Rubber,, deZaan, ECom Trading, Duyvis Wiener, Glarus Gourmet, Guittard Chocolate Company, ifiGourmet, Koco, Inc.,Savage Bros, Co.,  Swiss Calet/Felchlin, The Confectioners Friend-TCF Sales, Tomric, Trufflymade, Valrhona

    Each offers a wide variety of chocolate/ingredients, tools/equipment, and deep knowledge.

    FCIA Refund Policy

    All cancellation requests must be received at least 1 week before the event date, sent via e-mail to: Unfortunately, no refunds will be made for requests received after that time.

    Refunds are subject to a $20 cancellation fee. Refunds will be issued in the same form payment was made. Please allow two weeks for processing.

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