Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 11/15/19

Two-Part Anniversary Event Will Include Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story Documentary Film Screening & Q+A on Dec. 8 & Multi-Course Chocolate Dinner from 8ARM’s Executive Chef Maricela Vega & Hopkins & Company’s Executive Pastry Chef Jen Yee on Dec. 9

Tickets Are Now Available

Atlanta-based Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate is teaming up with local nonprofit Georgia Organics’ Cast Iron & Collards Society to present “Celebrating Xocolatl: A Fifth Anniversary Film and Food Collaboration,” a two-part celebration honoring the small-batch chocolate company’s fifth anniversary next month.

The anniversary festivities will begin on Sunday, December 8 with a special film screening of Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story. The much-anticipated documentary tells the story of how chocolate goes from bean in the Amazon to bar in high-end cafes and stores, by following the journeys of a group of the nation’s top craft-chocolate makers––including Xocolatl’s Co-founders Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt. Held at The Plaza Theatre, the event will begin at 6pm with samples of chocolate, Cafe Campesino coffee and a Xocolatl collaboration beer crafted with local brewery Wild Heaven Beer. Following the film, guests can engage in a Q&A discussion with the Xocolatl team about their business and the craft chocolate industry. Tickets ($10) are available online here.

The celebration will continue on Monday, December 9 with a five-course chocolate dinner at Atlanta restaurant 8ARM. From the restaurant’s Executive Chef Maricela Vega and Chef Shari Griffith and Hopkins & Company’s Pastry Chef Jen Yee, the plated dinner will incorporate cacao into every dish, celebrating and reimagining the beloved ingredient in both savory and sweet applications, and spotlight Mayflor Farms produce and other local makers and farmers. Beverage pairings will be crafted by 8ARM’s General Manager and Beverage Director Joshua Fryer. Tickets ($150) are available here for two seating times – 6pm and 8:30pm.

Since opening their micro-factory inside Atlanta’s nationally renowned food hall Krog Street Market in 2014, Xocolatl has garnered local and national acclaim for its award-winning, bean-to-bar chocolate, and is the recipient of awards including the 2018 Academy of Chocolate, 2018 Great Taste Awards and 2018 and 2019 Good Food Awards.

All proceeds from the anniversary events will benefit Georgia Organics and their mission of connecting organic food from Georgia farms to Georgia families.