We stepped into a kitchen space known as The Hood (conveniently located down the street from our offices) for a ribbon cutting. This commercial rental space is now the home of Amy Jo Pedone. Her chocolate journey began with the passing of her dear cousin to ovarian cancer. Despite her finance degree and career in real estate, Pedone realized that what mattered in life was living it to the fullest and pursuing her passion. She is now a certified Chocolatier from Ecole Chocolat Professional School of Chocolate Arts.
Valenza Chocolatier creates Italian inspired artisan chocolate and confections. The bonbons, bars and confections sampled were all handmade here, and each showcased a particular ingredient. Her sleek, gumdrop-shaped bonbons featured notes of limoncello, Illy espresso or complex spumoni. We gravitated towards decadent bars, like the PB + C above. Our favorite flavor, the organic peanut butter pairing has a hint of Sicilian sea salt, swallowed up by Venezuelan dark chocolate.More »