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NEW Coffee Bar in Fairfield June 14 2017, 0 Comments

Beginning this month local coffee enthusiasts can have their Shearwater Coffee and eat it too when Shearwater Coffee Bar sets up shop in a modern industrial café.

Shearwater Coffee Bar features also savory and sweet pastries from Huckleberries Artisan Pastries including; flourless fudge brownies; seasonal shortcakes and turnovers; organic first cut buttermilk biscuits; and fresh muffin cakes such as local carrot-ginger and cream crumble cake. Gluten free options from The Bee and the Baker include; carrot apple raisin muffins; zucchini bread; peanut oat chocolate chunk cookies; and paleo granola to name a handful of items. Artisan teas from Leaf & Ardor and Belgium chocolates from BE Chocolat round out the menu.

Benoit Racquet from BE Chocolat developed for Ed Freedman “café owner” a special coffee chocolate made with Belgian chocolate and Shearwater Organic Brew Coffee.

BE Fanatic and stop by this new Coffee Bar to enjoy an amazing coffee and our new chocolate coffee flavor. You will be also have the opportunity to pick a selection of a little tasting plate. Perfect to share with a friend or BE selfish, keep it for you ;-)

 

More information, read press article:

https://patch.com/connecticut/fairfield/new-coffee-bar-celebrate-grand-opening-fairfield


Earth day... everyday ! April 28 2017, 0 Comments

By choosing BE Chocolat, make everyday BE Earth Day !

BE Chocolat is exclusively using Callebaut Fairtrade Finest Belgian Chocolate.

We are glad to be part indirectly of the Cocoa Horizons Foundation who was created by Barry Callebaut to help shape a sustainable future for cocoa and chocolate.

Its mission: to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities through the promotion of sustainable, entrepreneurial farming, improved productivity, and community development.

The Cocoa Horizons Foundation serves as a new platform for chocolate companies and other contributors to invest in sustainable cocoa. It is funded via three main sources:
  1. the purchase of Barry Callebaut’s sustainable HORIZONS cocoa and chocolate products (which are succeeding QPP products);
  2. contributions from donors and customers who are inspired to support the mission of the Foundation; and
  3. Barry Callebaut’s contributions as part of its CHF 40 million Cocoa Horizons sustainability initiative launched in 2012. 

For more information, see this video.

Audubon partnership

We are proud also to be parther with Audubon for this exclusive chocolate Audubonbons Collection.

AudubonBons Collection has 4 flavors: Blood Orange, Milk-RumPeppermint and Black Currant.

 

BE Chocolat production is hand made locally in USA in small batches to preserve the subtleness of tastes of premium ingredients.


UNESCO Celebration - Belgian Beer Tasting January 31 2017, 0 Comments

To celebrate the inscription of the beer culture in Belgium on the UNESCO Representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, The Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UN and BelCham hosted an event of Belgian beer tasting and chocolate pairing.

 BE Chocolat was proud to be partner of the event and show case the Beer Pairing Collection

Team BE Chocolat (Beatrice Vornle, Benoit Racquet and Sylvie Fortin)

  

Pascal Buffin, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations, with Béatrice Vornle and Sylvie Fortin.

LET'S CELEBRATE

The occasion to meet people that share the same passion, the beer and that were very happy for the Belgium Beer recognition.

 

Our Master Chocolatier with beer lovers ;)

 

GOOD BEERS

The beer partners for this celebration were AB-InBev, Chimay and Duvel.

 The AB-InBev team

 

Chimay

 

Duvel

GOOD FOOD

What a better place to organized this Belgium celebration in NYC than at the Belgian Beer Café. On top of the amazing beer selection, they offer great Belgium food in a charming ambiance.

BRAVO for the organization to....

Sabah Meschi from UN Security Council, Luana Kuvaci from Belgian Beer Café


Beer and chocolate pairing January 25 2017, 0 Comments

Be Chocolat was proud to be partner of the event of Brussels Airlines on December 7, 2016 at BELCHAM in NYC.

For the occasion, BE Chocolat created 3 flavors to pair with AB-Inbev beers :

·         Hoegaarden White: Limoncello white chocolate ganache in a milk chocolate truffle

·         Leffe Blonde: Candied orange peel strips dipped in bitter sweet dark chocolate sprinkled with clove and coriander almond crips

·         Stella: Grilled bacon with Devos Lemmens Béarnaise Royale, dipped in bitter sweet dark chocolate, sprinkled with hickory smoked salt

 

 

We welcomed people with the Coconut Curry Milk Chocolat, perfect to high light the new travel destination of Brussels Airlines starting in March 2017 to Mumbai.

Then Benoit gave some explantation about the chocolate production and people were happy to know more about our product.


There were also lucky winners of great gifts from Brussels AirlinesBaobabSteigenberger Wiltcher's Hotel and BE Chocolat.

One of the lucky winner!

Thanks to Christophe Allard from Brussels Airlines and Bieke Claes from BELCHAM for including us.

Christophe Allard (Brussels Airlines), Benoit Racquet (Be Chocolat), Frederic Dechamps (Brussels Airlines), Sylvie Fortin (Be Chocolat) and Francois Duquesne (Baobab).

 

 


Audubon: 45th Anniversary Celebration September 15 2016, 0 Comments

The Connecticut Audubon Society turns back the clock on Saturday, September 24, to host the 45th anniversary celebration of the Center at Fairfield. The retro evening—1970s style—will commemorate the Center’s opening to the public on May 1, 1971.

THE CELEBRATION

The event takes place at the Center, 2325 Burr Street in Fairfield, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music by The Merwin Mountain Band will include selections reminiscent of that era. Guests can take part in a silent auction and intriguing bird-themed “happenings” throughout the evening.

Unique chocolate piece by BE Chocolat part of the auction. Who will be the lucky ?

AUDUBON

Since first opening its doors in 1971, the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield has become recognized as a hub of environmental education activities and events year round.

AUDUBONBONS COLLECTION

Also on Saturday, Sept. 24, be among the first to view the debut of AudubonBons -- four flavors of imported Belgian chocolates, handcrafted in Fairfield for The Connecticut Audubon Society by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet of BE Chocolat.

After the celebration AudubonBons will be available in the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store, and online. All sales of the chocolates will help support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation and environmental education programs.

 

 


Audubon: 45th Anniversary Celebration September 15 2016, 0 Comments

The Connecticut Audubon Society turns back the clock on Saturday, September 24, to host the 45th anniversary celebration of the Center at Fairfield. The retro evening—1970s style—will commemorate the Center’s opening to the public on May 1, 1971. The event takes place at the Center, 2325 Burr Street in Fairfield, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music by The Merwin Mountain Band will include selections reminiscent of that era. Guests can take part in a silent auction and intriguing bird-themed “happenings” throughout the evening.

 Since first opening its doors in 1971, the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield has become recognized as a hub of environmental education activities and events year round. The Center building, a key resource for youth and adult education programs, houses classrooms, the Nature Store, and live education animals and exhibits. The resident owls and other raptors living in the Center’s Birds of Prey compound are well-known animal ambassadors that visit local schools and communities across the state.

 

On Saturday, Sept. 24, be among the first to view the debut of AudubonBons -- four flavors of imported Belgian chocolates, handcrafted in Fairfield for The Connecticut Audubon Society by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet of BE Chocolat.

After the celebration AudubonBons will be available in the Center at Fairfield’s Nature Store, and online. All sales of the chocolates will help support The Connecticut Audubon Society’s conservation and environmental education programs.


Tasting at Westchester Accueil - NY March 19 2016, 1 Comment

BE Chocolat was proud to be partner of a special tasting event organized by Westchester Accueil in Larchmont, NY on March 18th 2016. Benoit and Benoit ;-) paired 3 wines and 3 chocolates to initiate 80 tasters to a new experience.

To complete the wine tasting, people could taste 9 other wines and products from d'Artagnan.

The 3 chocolate-wine pairings are posted here under, if you would like to repeat the experience.

To schedule other chocolate events in CT or NY, contact us at info@bechocolat.com.

THE DUO:

Benoit Roussillon (Wine Importer) and Benoit Racquet (Master Chocolatier)

THE SETTING:

  

 

THE TRIO:

The 3 tasting Wine and chocolate proposed by Benoit and Benoit:

  1. White wine: Notre Dame du Quatourze - Georges and Suzanne Ortola - Languedoc 2014
    Milk Chocolate: Toasted Sesame Seeds and Peruvian pink salt
  2. Red Wine: Domaine de Cazlles-Verdier - Minervois 2013
    Milk Chocolate: Earl Grey Bigelow Tea praline. 


  3. Red wine: Prieuré des Couleys de Meyney / Saint-Estephe 2010
    Dark Chocolate: Rosemary Raspberry

THE QUATUOR ;-)

Team Wine ( Benoit & Marie-Alix Roussilon) + Team Chocolate ( BEnoit & Sylvie Racquet-Fortin)


Vacation: Dec. 23rd - Jan. 3rd December 22 2015, 0 Comments

Just a friendly reminder that we will be closed from Dec. 23rd - Jan. 3rd. But we still have the GIFT CARD option if you're looking for the perfect and easy to buy gift. Happy Holidays !


Article in Fairfield Magazine November 04 2015, 0 Comments

Article in Fairfield MAGAZINE "Chocolate Passion" by Tracy Holleran.

TownVibe Fairfield September-October 2015

 

 

 

 


Chocolate Tasting - "Le Club Francophone du Fairfield County" ( April 1st - 2015) April 11 2015, 0 Comments

On April 1st, we had a chocolate tasting with +/- 40 members of "Le Club Francophone du Fairfield County". The occasion to share about BE Chocolat, explain the technic of production and of course taste the chocolate.

You would like to plan also a chocolate tasting with friends, familiy members, associations or colleagues ? Just contact us to get a price offer and for sure you will have great moment!

Some information on the production.

People very interested to know more.

 

Explaination on the "Praliné"...

... and live demonstration !!

 

 

+/- 40 people around the tasting counter

 

 

Tasting of 4 different chocolate + feedback sheet to complete !!

* Photos by Mazette media - www.mazettemedia.com