Cacao, Confections & Cocktails presented by Local First Bank

Saturday, Sep 14, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: French Broad Chocolate Factory
$60 per person


We hope you will consider adding a donation to MANNA's Packs for Kids program.

Jael and Dan’s story starts with a vegetable oil-powered school bus and an abandoned cacao farm in Costa Rica. Ultimately, the bean-to-bar visionaries found their way to Asheville, where their sustainability-minded French Broad Chocolate transforms fine cacao from small farms into award-winning chocolate bars, truffles, and desserts.

Step inside their factory doors for a behind-the-scenes tour and guided tasting, and discover how they roast, crack, winnow, grind, conche, and temper chocolate while tasting various origins of chocolate and cacao, and sipping intentionally paired beverages. End the experience on an even sweeter note and partake in a dessert tasting led by notable local and national pastry chefs.


First Bank Logo

French Broad Chocolate Factory

Featured Participants

Beth Kellerhals, Pastry Chef, French Broad Chocolate

Ashley Capps, Pastry Chef, Buxton Hall

Charlie Hodge, Sovereign Remedies

Chef Camille Cogswell, Zahav Restaurant 

Jonny Burritt, Antidote

Kaley Laird, Executive Pastry Chef, Rhubarb, The Rhu, and Benne on Eagle

Haw River Wine

Kellie Thorn, Beverage Director, Hugh Acheson Restaurants

Looking Glass Creamery

Methodical Coffee

Latest & Greatest

Get Involved

Looking for ways to be a part of Chow Chow? Volunteer, sponsor, or be a featured maker and more. The opportunities are limitless.

Learn More

2019 Schedule

Over 20 immersive signature events are featured throughout the weekend! Tours, dinners, parties, foraging and more await.


Plan Your Trip

This inspired, friendly and free-spirited food scene tucked in the mountains of Appalachia has been called “Foodtopia,” but the locals just call it home. Plan your trip now.

Start Planning