Sunita de Tourreil
Sunita was inspired by Mott Green, radical and co-founder of the Grenada Chocolate Company, to join in working towards bringing transparency to an industry that has been and still is, a big black box. Over a decade ago, she left studying prion disease at UCSF to move into what she calls “Happy Chocolate,” and helped create the market for high quality, responsible chocolate. Since opening The Chocolate Garage in downtown Palo Alto in 2010, she has changed the way her customers value chocolate, and has engaged them to directly fund small makers and their new chocolate bars, via her innovative crowdfunding model. The International Chocolate Awards presented her in 2013 with an Innovative Chocolate Marketing Merit Award, for her “unique and creative support of US craft chocolate makers.”
Sunita has also been the co-chair of the Good Food Awards Chocolate Category since 2015. She has given talks at Stanford, MIT, Harvard, Holy Cross College and the World Bank. She has spoken on and led many panels at the Northwest Chocolate Festival on pricing, the craft chocolate revolution, women in chocolate and led hundreds of paid tasting experiences all over the Bay Area. She most recently was awarded a Legacy Award, by Les Dames d’Escoffier International. Her next area of focus is to create documentaries that reveal what a “happy chocolate” supply chain can look like, and contrast this with our current commodity chocolate system.
- Chocolate & Confectionery , Aug 26 Aug 29