The Tao of chocolate
January 12, 2009
For the Tao in cacao, look no further than Rhinebeck chocolaterie Oliver Kita Fine Confections.
Kita, a chef for 20 years, turned his obsession "for cooking and baking with the perfumes and flavors of chocolate, flowers, herbs, citrus, exotic fruits, berries, nuts, and spices" into a second passion -- the hand-crafting of fine chocolates.
Using the best organic and fair trade products sourced in France and Switzerland, Kita makes magic in his upstate confectionery.
For seekers of chocolate Nirvana, he created the Woodstock Buddha, 65% Valrhona Madagascar Solid Dark chocolate shimmering with edible gold dust ($22.75) and the Eight-fold Path of Chocolate Awareness, eight miniature solid dark chocolate Buddhas with a cacao pod blossom in the center ($22.00)
The devout chocolate worshipper of the Christian persuasion, can choose from the pearlized Virgin Mary, Holy Queen of the Universe manifested in chocolate and empowerin prayers for peace ($19.95) or the 12-piece Cloister Clusters, a rapturous experience of chocolate faith with six each of Trois Nonnes and six each of Trois Prêtes ($30).
Kita's trademark slogan is Mind, Body, Body, Chocolate, Everyday. We couldn't agree more. Praise Buddha and pass the truffles!
A Culinary Institute of America gradiuate, the chef turned chocolatier studied his sweet craft at L’Ecole Lenotre, Paris, L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona, and Academy du Chocolat, Barry-Callebaut, Montreal.
His line of artisan fine chocolates is defined by "a remarkable quality using superlative French organic and Swiss sources complemented by traditional French methods and the finest ingredients. Kita's handcrafted designs meld, "heavy satin cream, award-winning sweet butter, the finest fruits, low sugar, and carefully selected and roasted nuts."
And for the person who puts in a special performance in your life: the edible Oscar, a solid chocolate Oscar statuette decorated with edible gold luster dust ($32.00).
6815 Route 9
Astor Square No. 8
Rhinebeck, New York 12572
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