Chocolate can be a symbol of love, a promoter of health, and the spark of political, economic and social debate. While a decidedly unaccommodating climate for growing cocoa, Boston is home to some of the most innovative companies and organizations in the chocolate industry. Join Branchfood, WeWork and General Assembly to learn more about the challenges, opportunities and future of the chocolate business.
Carla D. Martin, Lecturer, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University on the ins and outs of sourcing, testing packaging, and tasting this fabled food.
- Carla D. Martin. Lecturer, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
- Miles Masci, Director of Operations, Perfect Fuel Chocolate
- Dylan McGraw, Manager, Pemberton Farms
- Kevin McCarthy, Operations Manager, UNREAL Candy
There will also be time for networking with panelists and fellow attendees before and after the event over a chocolate and beer tasting. The panel discussion will start promptly at 7:00pm. Come join the conversation.
- Apotheker's Kitchen
- Equal Exchange
- Pemberton Farms
- Scoopsies Ice Cream
- Taza Chocolate
- Pure 7
About the Speakers
Carla D. Martin Lecturer, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Dr. Carla D. Martin is a Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, where she teaches classes on chocolate and food politics, black ethnic diversity, and race and technology. Her current historical and ethnographic research projects focus on the politics of cacao and chocolate in global perspective and language, music, and digital media in the former Portuguese colonies. An award-winning educator, she is currently developing a curriculum on fine cacao and chocolate for the general public. Find her online at BittersweetNotes.com and @carladmartin.
Miles Masci Director of Operations, Perfect Fuel Chocolate
Working with cocoa farmers in Ecuador during his time in the Peace Corps, Miles developed a deep appreciation for cocoa production and the chocolate process. His connection to producers and searching for ways to solve their business problems led him to Babson College once he returned to the US. He earned his MBA in 2011 and joined Nicolas in his mission for creating Perfect Fuel Chocolate.
About Our Partners
Emerging technologies are disrupting how food is produced, distributed, discovered, consumed and shared. Branchfood unites the community of innovators transforming the food industry through tech.
WeWork is the community for creators. They transform buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces and provide infrastructure, services, events and technology so their members can focus on doing what they love.They're currently in 12 major cities with 25 locations and have over 16,000 members. Book a tour at wework.com.
Perfect Fuel Chocolate
Perfect Fuel delivers convenient, clean, and delicious energy and nutrition for the active lifestyle with powerful and pure organic ingredients for a natural boost. Our dark chocolate energy bites are 100% organic, super dark and pure – no refined sugars. Each energy bite is designed to be the right portion and can be eaten in the morning, mid afternoon on a long day, or 30 minutes before a workout for a boost.
It’s perfect for what you want, and it’s perfect for what you don’t want. It’s the perfect fuel.
Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
We are a family owned and operated Specialty Food Store, Garden Center and on-line Gourmet Gift Company.
Scoopsies Ice Cream
Scoopsies is a start-up craft ice cream company in the Boston area. We deliver our novelty pints right to you. We also love bringing our ice cream socials to your private event. You might see us slinging our cream at a local gathering, and if you do, be sure to say "hisies!"
We make stone ground, organic chocolate. Cacao is so complex in flavor that we want to let it speak loud and proud. That is why we do less to bring you more. We stone grind organic cacao beans into perfectly unrefined, minimally processed chocolate with bold flavor and texture, unlike anything you have ever tasted.
Pure7 is devoted to providing artisan chocolate using the highest quality, organic, and all-natural ingredients to nourish the body. With honesty and integrity, we are intentional and accountable in all that we do, as we feed the world and our own families with chocolate. Through Pure7 chocolate, we hope to open your mind and change the way you think about food, with ingredients that you can pronounce on our labels. We hope to inspire you to live a healthier life by showing that eating can be both delicious and decadent. Pure7's mission is to help make our world a better place, one chocolate bar at a time.
Honey sweetened chocolate and marshmallows made by a husband & wife. All things bee sweetened using ONLY chemical & antibiotic free honeys from happy bees.