Cacao, Confections & Cocktails presented by Local First Bank

Friday, Sep 13, 2019, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Location: French Broad Chocolate Factory


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Experience a behind-the-scenes tour of a working Chocolate Factory and discover how fine cacao is transformed into craft chocolate. Delight in decadent desserts from four notable pastry chefs, thoughtfully paired with wine and cocktails from high-profile mixologists. Sip and savor at our bubbles & bonbon station or catch a caffeine buzz at our Methodical Coffee pop up. Taste various origins of bean-to-bar chocolate and learn about cacao at the source.

Featured Participants


Ashley Capps

Pastry Chef, Buxton Hall

Beth Kellerhals

Pastry Chef, French Broad Chocolate

Camille Cogswell

Chef, K'Far

Charlie Hodge

Owner, Sovereign Remedies

Copper & Kings American Brandy Company


Chemist Gin

Debbie Word

Founder, Chemist Gin

Erik Andersson

Brand Ambassador to Hendrick's Gin East, William Grant & Sons

Hickory Nut Gap

57 Sugar Hollow Rd, Fairview, NC 28730

Jonny Burritt

General Manager, Antidote

Kaley Laird

Executive Pastry Chef Rhubarb, The Rhu and Benne on Eagle

Kellie Thorn

Beverage Director, Hugh Acheson Restaurants

Methodical Coffee

Michael Tiano

Owner Haw River Wine Man

Sour Grapes Wine

Other Participants:

Looking Glass Creamery


First Bank Logo

French Broad Chocolate