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Presse Release - Opening Atelier BE Chocolat January 05 2021, 0 Comments

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.

 

To learn more about BE Chocolat or to place an order, visit www.BEchocolat.com or email yummy@bechocolat.com.

 

 

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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Virtual Wine & Chocolate Pairing May 26 2020, 75 Comments

Scout & Cellar and BE Chocolat have collaborated and created a unique Mother's Day Gift for Mom.

Under the details of the offer we had but also here the link to the video of the virtual Chocolate & Wine pairing, we had via Zoom. 

Interested to do a pairing with your friends, sports club, association,...? Don't hesitate to contact us. We can personalize the pairing in function of your requests.

ZOOM Pairing: 

Replay - click on the image.

 

¨BEcause¨ it's Mother's Day  (2020 offer)

Wine and Chocolate +  Mother's Day VIP Bonus: A Virtual Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Belgian Master Chocolatier, Benoit Racquet.

A virtual wine and chocolate pairing for you and mom, when you buy 1 order of both the Wine and Chocolates. But why not gift yourself or others who may love to join this fun, educational and interactive event ?

 

WINE

Wine from Scout & Cellar boxed in a "Better Than Flowers" Mother's Day Gift Box with card: Fiddleneck Syrah and Fiddleneck Chardonnay - $49 (shipping not included) 

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CHOCOLATE

Belgian Chocolate from BE Chocolat in a Mother's Day tasting box:  5 chocolates. 2 Milk chocolate Limoncello, 2 Dark chocolate Praliné and a bonus for mom, OUR NEW WHITE CHOCOLATE LAVENDER, so that she will receive a touch of flower ;-) $12 (shipping not included) 

If you would like to order more chocolate for the family so that they may join in on the wine and chocolate pairing, or just to enjoy delicious chocolates, you are always welcome to order an extra box or you can select our BE Generous Family Pairing / Sharing ( 15 chocolates with 4 milk Limoncello, 4 Dark Chocolate Praliné, 1 Lavender and 4 Salted Caramel) - $28 (Shipping not included) - If you have special requests for the flavors, you can mention it in the comment section at check out.

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MOTHER'S DAY VIP BONUS: 

The Wine tasting and Chocolate pairing via Zoom will be offered:

- Saturday May 9th 2020 at 6pm to 6:45pm 

- Sunday May 10th 2020 at 5pm to 5:45pm

Perfect timing to connect family from the East to the West Coast of the USA!

Benoit Racquet, Belgian Master Chocolatier, will orchestrate the pairing and answer your questions.

After you order, you will receive an email, with a link to connect on the day you choose to do the virtual pairing. If you can't make the Zoom call, we will send you the recorded Wine and Chocolate Pairing link to watch on your own.

You may still purchase wine through May 4th to arrive by Mother’s Day, but Expedited shipping will need to be applied at check out for guaranteed Mother’s Day Delivery

We are shipping everywhere in the USA, with the following exceptionsScout & Cellar doesn’t ship to Kentucky, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, Utah, or PO Boxes.

Happy Mother's Day! Make memories with Mom and join this BEautiful event!

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Wine via Scout & Cellar - Any questions? Contact DEb Lomma at debralommascout@gmail.com

Chocolate via BE Chocolat - Any questions? Contact Sylvie Fortin at sylvie@bechocolat.com

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Note: For every person who attends our virtual Wine and Chocolate pairing, Scout & Cellar will donate $1 to the North Texas Food bank. 

$1 feeds one person 3 delicious meals. Scout & Cellar hopes to raise $40,000 from tastings throughout the country.

 


Happy Birthday BEnoit! Do you know Benoit? May 15 2020, 54 Comments

More about Benoit!

BE Chocolat is proud to celebrate your birthday and to launch one of your favorite flavors, Praliné, but this time in a Milk Chocolate couverture. 

To know more about Benoit, there's nothing BEtter than some images:

  • Benoit was born in BElgium and moved to USA almost 10 years ago.

 

  • Proud to meet the Belgium Prime Minister Charles Michel, at the home of Frank Geerkens, Consul General at Consulate General of Belgium in New York.

  •  Invited by Callebaut to be one of the Master Chef Chocolatier at the Belgian Pavilion in Shanghai World Expo 2010. 
( Clic on the image for the video)

     

    • He participated at the Salon du Chocolat in NY in 2019, Advisory Council member, and was on stage to do a demonstration of the Coffee ganache.

     

     

    • Benoit loves to create new flavors using local products in Connecticut.

    Using Shearwater Organic Cold Brew coffee for the chocolate Coffee flavor. The picture was taken at Taste of Fairfield at the Delamar Hotel by CTbites.

     

    Using Fifth State Distillery product for the Gin & T and the Cinnamon, Cardamon, Cayenne flavors. The picture was taken at the launch event.

     

    •  Benoit is always ready to plan a chocolate pairing and on top of that, he loves challenges.

     

    First beer and chocolate pairing created for the Christmas celebration at Belcham in NY. Thanks to Christophe Allard from Brussels Airlines and Bieke Claes from BELCHAM for including us. Details of the pairing.

     

    Here at Aspectuck Brew Lab in Fairfield, beer and chocolate. 

     

    Here during a Zoom call Virtual Wine & Chocolate pairing for Mother's Day with Scout & Cellar. To view the pairing, chic here.

     

    • Chocolate and Diamonds the perfect pairing for VIP Events. Here at Tiffany & Co. store in Westport.

     

    And BESide chocolate....

    • Like all Belgian, he loves Belgian fries!! The BEst ones, the ones from Chef Benoit!

    

     Happy Birthday Benoit! 

    You can send him messages at yummy@bechocolat.com, post on BE Chocolat FB page or Instagram Page.

     


    Chocolate bars - Willy Wonka March 29 2019, 3794 Comments

    BE Chocolat, the chocolate factory ;-)


    BE Chocolat is honored to be the chocolate factory behind the chocolate bar creation for this play. Like us, support local and go enjoy a beautiful show in Westport CT.

    Thank you to Little Big Brand for the creation and production of the Willy Wonka chocolate bar sleeve.

     

    Show

    The Saugatuck Theater Club's presentation of Willy Wonka THIS WEEKEND before they sell out. There will be a candy shop and even Wonka bars made from Belgian Chocolate. 🍫 Five bars at each show will have actual golden tickets and awesome prizes! Showtimes are ‪this Friday, March 29th at 7pm‬ and ‪Saturday, March 30th at 2pm‬ (doors open ‪at 6:15pm on Friday‬ and ‪at 1:15pm on Saturday‬). Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Running time is approximately 45 minutes.

     


    2 new flavors with Asylum (Launched at A + Curated + Mix) October 20 2017, 81 Comments

    BE Chocolat was proud to be part of this A + CURATED + MIX event organized by Deb Lomma on October 19th.

    This event took place in Fairfield in the beautiful home of Catherine Mackay who was the perfect host.

    Many vendors were part of it including Asylum - Distillery and Shearwater.

    During the preparation of that event, in line with the concept of  ¨Mix¨, Deb with her natural hability to connect people and bring new ideas, inspired BE Chocolat to create new chocolate flavors that mix BE Chocolat and Asylum - Distillery.

    Deb Lomma and Benoit Racquet

     

    2 NEW FLAVORS

    Like us, Asylum is a local business that hand craft there product and who is align with our signature, ¨Initiator of Tastes¨. 

    People had the pleasure during the evening to taste those 2 new flavors :

        • Gin & T (Gin and Tea) 
        • 3C ( Cayenne, Cinnamon and Cardamom)

     

    Gin & T (Gin and Tea) and 3C ( Cayenne, Cinnamon and Cardamom)

     

    TASTING - YUMMY

    We got excellent feedback from all people, including Chef Michel Nischan.

    Chef Michel Nischan and Chef Benoit Racquet

     

    All happy chocolate lovers ;-)

    HOLIDAY GIFT BASKET

    It was also the occasion to pre-launch a holiday gift basket combining Asylum and BE Chocolat. Available soon.

    Asylum ( Rob & Bridget) + BE Chocolat (Benoit & Sylvie)

     

    DOOR PRIZE  COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE PAIRING

    Who are the winners of the amazing door prize baskets including product from all vendors? 

    BE Chocolat included GOLDEN ticket to be use at Shearwater Coffee Bar in Fairfield. The occasion to promote the Coffee and Chocolate Pairing experience and also the other mix created 6 months ago, combining BE Chocolat and the cold brew coffee of Shearwater.

    The Chocolate Coffee Cup launched at Sheawater in June (see article)

     

     

    A GREAT MIX OF VENDORS

     


    NEW Coffee Bar in Fairfield June 14 2017, 64 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:


    Earth day... everyday ! April 28 2017, 61 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, 57 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, 60 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

     

    Note: If you would like to order those flavors, some of them may be under request only.

     

     

    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).

     

     


    Successfull event at Audubon September 27 2016, 24 Comments

    The Connecticut Audubon Society turns 45! The celebration on September 24th 2016 was a real success.

    For the occasion, they launched officially the new fundraising with the creation of AudubonBons by BE Chocolat. Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000215 EndHTML:000002278 

    Four flavors of imported Belgian chocolates, handcrafted in Fairfield for The Connecticut Audubon Society by Master Chocolatier Benoit Racquet.

    Chocolate available in the store.

    For the event, part of the auction, BE Chocolat offered a master piece creation made for the 45th anniversary.

    Unique chocolate piece by BE Chocolat part of the auction September 24th, 2016.

     

    The lucky winner of the chocolate creation !

    Proceeds help support The Connecticut Audubon Society conservation and environmental education programs.