Sunday, June 22, 2008

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

This is one place I wish I could have visited during daylight hours. Their web site certainly has me convinced it's a place worth checking out.

French Broad Luscious Chocolates is a small, family-run company. Not including our two little boys, whom we haven't yet conscripted for duty, we are two, husband and wife. Sam and Max are a long way off from being allowed to handle chocolate; we grown-ups have a hard enough time not eating our profits! We share responsibility for every aspect of our little operation, making each small batch with our own, um, four hands.

Every batch of hand- mixed, -scooped, -dipped and -decorated truffles is certified organic by our fellow crusaders for a better world of eats, North Carolina Crop Improvement Association. The certification process is rigorous, requiring that we use only certified organic ingredients, with very few exceptions (for more info on the rules, check out our ingredients page), and maintain impeccable cleanliness in our operation.

Being certified is no small task, especially when considered aside another primary company directive: to be part of the local business community. We dance the very complicated dance between concern for our local and regional economies and availability of certified organic ingredients. Sometimes we must look beyond Appalachia for stuff that is best grown right here. Even if our neighbors grow an abundant supply of delicious organic raspberries, if they're not certified, we cannot use them for our certified organic Fresh Raspberry truffles. Them's the rules. Undeterred, we will continuously strive to localize our efforts whenever possible. Note: if you see an ingredient listed that you think we could source locally, let us know!

Chocolate, and all things made from cacao, is an inevitably international food, unless you live in the tropics. It is a testament to the effects of globalization at which few of us would scoff. A world without chocolate is no world we want to live in. And so it goes with the vanilla bean, tea, coffee, and too many other things we have come to take for granted. What that means for an ecologically minded company like ours is that we must find our supplies from people who share our concern for fair trade, even if they must travel thousands of miles before they end their respective journeys in our mouths.

We are very proud of our what goes in our truffles, so check out our page devoted to ingredients.
-- French Broad Chocolate Lounge

10 South Lexington Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-4181
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Blogger Gordon Smith said...

BlogAsheville netizen,

See you Friday?

July 21, 2008 8:20 PM  
Blogger Max Cooper said...

Nice blog you've got here. If you're into night photography of Asheville, come check out my photo exhibition about Asheville's River Arts District. Lots of night and early-morning captures. Here's some info:

Next Saturday night at Pump Gallery. Free beer and food while it lasts. Hope to see you there, and keep up the good blogging!

July 25, 2008 7:43 PM  
Blogger zen said...

The Chocolate there is absolutely sinful!

a good thing.

August 13, 2008 8:35 AM  

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