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Clasped hands in robe with CHF logo and text overlay: BELIEF, October 28 - November 12
CHF 2012: America

The United States of Chocolate

Belgium and Switzerland, move over! The new leader of the chocolate world is the USA! We’re not just Hershey’s anymore. Our sweet teeth crave something more sophisticated and adventurous: we seek out chocolate with bacon, wasabi, pink peppercorn, and citrus salt. Or we tease out the subtle differences in bars sourced from Ecuador, Honduras, Tanzania, or the Philippines. Vosges and Askinosie Chocolate are the midwestern juggernauts at the epicenter of this delectable revolution. Join WBEZ's Odette Yousef and chocolatiers Shawn Askinosie and Vosges representative, Caroline Lubbers, as they reveal their sweet secrets. And yes, there will be samples!

This program is presented in partnership with TimeOut Chicago.

Speakers and Performers

Shawn Askinosie

Shawn Askinosie is a chocolate maker and founder of Askinosie Chocolate. His much-lauded social business model has earned him many accolades as an entrepreneur. He is the Mel Carnahan Fellow at Missouri State University’s Public Affairs Academy and is an Adjunct Professor of Field Studies in Social Entrepreneurship at Drury University.

Odette Yousef

Odette Yousef is an award-winning public media reporter and television host. She is the North Side Bureau reporter for WBEZ 91.5 FM, NPR's Chicago affiliate station, and co-hosts My Chicago on WTTW Channel11. Odette is also a member of the Chicago Humanities Festival Shortlist Committee, which strives to boost the attendance and participation of young professionals. Originally from the Boston area, Odette attended Harvard University and has lived in Chicago since 2010.

Caroline Lubbers

Caroline Lubbers has worked with Vosges Haut-Chocolat for over twelve years helping to introduce American consumers to the unique chocolate collections created by founder Katrina Markoff. Though her background is in marketing, Caroline served as the vice president of operations for four years managing the company’s explosive growth behind the scenes. She then returned to her marketing roots to help communicate the brand experience through catalogs, online campaigns, events, and social media.

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

Vosges Haut-Chocolat Mission
Vosges Chocolate Website
Askinsosie Chocolate Website

Good Reads

"Mo's Dream: How Bacon Met Chocolate" by Dana Goodyear
An article from the New Yorker

Online Resources

Black Pearl Layer Cake
A Bon Appetit recipe in conjunction with Vosges Haut Chocolat