Atelier BE Chocolat Ribbon-Cutting Event Kicks Off First Business of the Year
FAIRFIELD, CT (January 5, 2021) BE Chocolat proudly announced the opening of their brand-new location at 75 Hillside Road in Fairfield yesterday with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony. The event, attended by Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, Director of Economic and Community Development Mark Barnhart and over 50 community supporters, marked the first business opening of the year in Fairfield.
The European-style artist’s workshop (atelier) and retail shop was designed by Fairfield architect Christian Arkay-Leliever, and will offer the community an opportunity to appreciate and enjoy the production of delicious Belgian chocolates. All chocolates are hand-crafted in small batches to preserve the subtleness of taste of premium ingredients using Belgium’s finest Callebaut chocolate.
“We’re excited to present our new atelier and retail shop to the Fairfield County community,” said Belgian Master Chocolatier and Owner Benoit Racquet. “The response to our chocolate was tremendous, leading us to make this move to brick and mortar. It is our passion to create premium Belgium chocolate, and we’re thrilled to be the first business opening in 2021 in Fairfield.”
Co-owned with his wife Sylvie Fortin, BE Chocolat’s Chef Racquet is the creator of the unique taste pairings for which it is well known. Racquet graduated from Ceria Culinary Institute in Belgium, and was Chocolate Chef at the Belgian Pavilion in Shanghai World Expo in 2010. BE Chocolat was a 2020 winner of Moffly Media’s ‘Best of Fairfield’.
In addition to providing an exciting new retail shop and showcase workshop, the welcoming space will offer opportunities for chocolate events and chocolate-making classes.
“Right now, we will continue offering virtual tasting events, which we created during the pandemic in response to customers’ needs, such as the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles and the Belgian Embassy in Washington DC for their Belgian community events. Online ordering will continue throughout the nation for individual customers and we offer a white glove approach for corporate gifts to companies such as Tiffany and Co, MasterCard, Bridgewater, BIC, and the Windward School among many others,” said Fortin who manages the shop. “In addition, we now will also be able to provide a new, convenient curbside pickup service. It is very exciting.”
The couple expressed their gratitude for all the support provided by their customers, the Town of Fairfield and many partnerships with area businesses and local organizations.
“This is a very good start of the year and proof of confidence that the future is bright. We look forward to continuing to share the love of Belgian chocolate,” said Racquet.
Images to accompany this release:
Caption: Husband and wife BE Chocolat co-owners Belgian Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet and Sylvie Fortin.
Caption: A celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday to announce the opening of BE Chocolat, a new artist’s workshop and retail shop located in Fairfield, CT. Left to right: Fairfield Director of Economic and Community Development Mark Barnhart, Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, Sylvie Fortin, Benoit Racquet, Angelina Negron and Christian Arkay-Leliever.
Caption: Chocolatier Angelina Negron of Milford creates Ruby Passion Fruit chocolates using a Belgian chocolate tampering machine and molds.
Caption: Visit Atelier BE Chocolat at 75 Hillside Road in Fairfield. www.BEChocolat.com
Caption: Belgian chocolates that are hand-crafted in small batches to preserve the subtleness of taste of premium ingredients using Belgium’s finest Callebaut chocolate. Shown here are Sesame Seeds and Pink Salt, Champagne-Raspberry Heart and the delicious Salted Caramel.
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Media Contact: Laura Roberts