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Foundation for the Future in Fine Chocolate

 FCIA's Elevate Chocolate Summer Event held on June 22, 2019
at the InterContinental Hotel Times Square in New York City
was a huge success. A summary and recap for the Event will be
shared next week.



Save the date for the next Elevate Chocolate Event:
April 2020 in San Francisco.


To learn more about other chocolate industry events, check out the
Affiliated Industry Associations & Events page.

"Through their events, the Fine Chocolate Industry Association offers its members and guests a unique and wonderful opportunity to learn more about the world of chocolate and its on-going evolution as well as sharing on a one-on-one basis its knowledge, achievements and experiences. This is a unique forum not to be missed!" Jacques De Waele, Savage Bros. Co.

Upcoming events

    • August 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (PDT)
    • Napa Valley, California

    FCIA Regional Meet-Up
    Northern California 

    Hosted at The CIA at Copia Campus
    by Chef Stephen Durfee & Chocolatier David Upchurch


    Culinary Institute of America at Copia
    Napa Valley, California

    , August 25, 2019
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    Register online today!
    Registration required to attend.

    Second Annual
    FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Northern California.

    We're proud that our good friends Chef Stephen Durfee and the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), along with chocolatier David Upchurch, are hosting the second annual FCIA Regional Meet-Up in Northern California. And have they got an agenda for you!

    What's on the agenda?  SUSTAINABILITY

    Emily Stone, Uncommon Cacao
    Emily Stone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Uncommon Cacao, a group of Transparent Trade cacao operations including Maya Mountain Cacao (Belize) and Cacao Verapaz (Guatemala). Uncommon Cacao supplies delicious, high-quality, transparently-sourced cacao to over 180 craft and premium chocolate makers globally. Emily is an Ashoka Fellow and Unreasonable Fellow, and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Confectionery News. 

    Madeline Weeks, Stanford Graduate School of Business

    Madeline Weeks is an incoming PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she is continuing her ongoing passion for craft chocolate and value along the supply chain. Her work explores production and consumption within the craft chocolate movement. Most recently, she worked with an environmental organization in Guatemala to support an emerging women’s group of artisan chocolate makers. She has previously worked with smallholder coffee through a Gates Cambridge Award and Fulbright Scholarship in Mexico. As a publicly engaged scholar, she works actively with communities to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, innovation, and collective action. She'll share information about cacao farmer livelihoods. 

    In Addition to the Presentation . . .

    • Tasting! Bring samples of your own chocolate, sample others and get some feedback. 
    • Explore The CIA at Copia Campus. Tour the beautiful Napa Valley campus and explore the restaurant and shops.
    • Networking!

    Who is invited?

    We invite FCIA Members, Friends and non-members from all over - chocolate makers, chocolatiers, pastry chefs, bakers, writers, bloggers, educators, culinary students and other professionals who support the fine chocolate industry. 

    Space is limited to 25 participants.

    Please RSVP and register online to secure your space.

    $25 per person
    Extra cost if you wish to have lunch on site at
    The Restaurant at CIA Copia,

    Student Scholarships
    There are a limited number of full scholarships available for current CIA culinary students. Students must register online with code provided by Stephen Durfee. 

    Napa Valley, California
    Exact address will be sent to you upon registering.

    Register online today! 
    Registration required to attend.
    Please RSVP by Wednesday, August 21st  

    More Information
    Check out other upcoming FCIA Regional Meet-Ups
    and photo gallery of past meet-ups


Past events

August 13, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
June 22, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2019
June 09, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern California
May 16, 2019 2019 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
January 12, 2019 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2019
October 21, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - New England
June 30, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2018
June 03, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northern California
May 04, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - South/Central America
April 26, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Northwest
March 29, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Upper MidWest
March 16, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - SouthWest States
March 14, 2018 FCIA Regional Meet-Up - Southern States
January 20, 2018 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2018
October 18, 2017 FCIA Texas Regional Meet-Up
June 24, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2017
January 21, 2017 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2017
September 12, 2016 ECOM Ecuadorian Cacao Experince
June 25, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2016
January 16, 2016 FCIA Elevate Chocolate - Winter 2016
June 27, 2015 FCIA: Elevate Chocolate - Summer 2015(Members login to get your discounted registration)
January 10, 2015 FCIA Winter Event 2015 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
June 28, 2014 FCIA Summer Event 2014
January 18, 2014 FCIA Winter Event 2014 (Members login to get your discounted registration)
October 20, 2013 FCIA Networking Party: Chicago-Midwest Region
June 29, 2013 FCIA Summer Event
January 19, 2013 FCIA 2013 Winter Event
June 16, 2012 FCIA's 2012 Summer Event
January 14, 2012 FCIA's January 14th Event: Fine Cacao...Protect the Species & Share the Passion!
July 11, 2011 FCIA / USDA-ARS Tour Confirmation
July 09, 2011 FCIA - 2011 Summer Event - The Future of Fine Flavor Cacao
January 15, 2011 2011 Winter Event
June 26, 2010 Registration for the FCIA Summer Event on June 26th in New York City
January 16, 2010 Join us for the Fine Chocolate Industry Cocktail Party
January 16, 2010 January 16th Program: Mystery, Myths, and Facts of Chocolate Health Benefits
June 27, 2009 FCIA Members, Friends, & Industry Cocktail Reception
June 27, 2009 June 2009 Educational Session
June 27, 2009 June Members Only Networking Session & All Members Meeting- 2009

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