Eating With Your Eyes
Tasting With Your Nose
Close your eyes and think about the very first time you ate a really great piece of chocolate? For many this was a life-changing experience. Was it the aroma?... the presentation?... the description?... or the chocolatier’s or chocolate-maker’s story that drew you in?
Merchandising, packaging, marketing, product design, scent and, of course, flavor create a sensory journey that promises a delicious experience that FCIA members and others in the fine chocolate community deliver on-time and time again. As more premium chocolate becomes available, it’s ever more challenging to differentiate your products, entice customers to try your product, and add value to their experience.
Join us in San Francisco as we explore the myriad aspects of the customer’s journey to help you create THE experience that is culminates with your delicious product. Throughout the day in
several programs, experts will delve into the oh-so critical details that comprise this experience. Then our evening program brings it all together with concepts, tips and solutions that you can take away and incorporate into your business.
Check-in For Afternoon Conference Programs
Conference Program 1 - 60 min
The Process of Flavour Pairing
Presenter: Chef Anil Rohira
Chef Anil Rohira is a multiple award winner in his field of expertise. This program will focus on understanding the nuances of flavour pairing and how to leverage this as part of creating an awesome customer experience.
Conference Program 2 - 90 min
Embrace the Bean; Support the Farmer
Presenters: John Kehoe, Chef Anil Rohira, Gloria Martin Gutierrez
An increasing number of consumers are interested in where their food comes from. This session is all about giving you the info to answer their questions. Our panelist will talk about the work they and their companies are doing in country of origin and ways that you, and your curious customers, can support the farmers in these regions.
Check-in for Evening Program
Conference Program 3 - 90 min
Finishing Master Class
Presenters: Chef Julian Rose, Jin Caldwell, Chef Paul Edwards
Foodies and chocolate aficionado’s eat with their eyes. Take away the packaging and the next moment will either draw them in or push them away. Our expert panelists will share their experience to discuss and resolve a variety of challenges (recipe composition, finish embellishment, etc.) that prevent the perfect finish.
Networking & Dinner
FCIA Updates & Announcements
Evening Program - 90 min
Eating With Your Eyes; Tasting With Your Nose
Panelists: Michael Recchiuti, Melanie Boudar, Rose Potts, Chef Paul Edwards, Matthew Stevens
Merchandising, packaging, marketing, edutainment experiences (tastings, classes, etc.), product design, scent and, of course, flavor create a sensory journey that promises a delicious experience that the fine chocolate community delivers time and time again. As more premium chocolate becomes available, it’s ever more challenging to differentiate your products, entice customers to try your product, and add value to their experience. Our panelists will expand upon concepts from the earlier sessions and offer tips and solutions that you can take away and incorporate into your business.
- FCIA's Gallery (vendor) Showcase will be open from 1-5:30PM
- Complimentary coffee, tea, and water will be available during the event.
- A no-host bar will be open from 5-9PM
- A gourmet buffet will be open from 5:30-6:30PM
Sign up for the entire day or join us after 5:30PM for 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 Cacao Cucina, Cargil, CocoaTown, Chef Rubber, ECom Trading, Micelli Chocolate Mould Company, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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.