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COCO


 

 

 

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As we walked through the door, time stood still and I was overwhelmed with a profound happiness. I knew that I would spend the rest of my life with chocolate, trying to share its history and its sublime pleasures with others.

Michele DeLuca-Verley

My fascination with chocolate began while I was living with my husband in Clermont-Ferrand, France. We were strolling through the narrow streets of town during the holiday season and we passed a Salon de Thè that we frequented. At this time of year they had transformed the front of the house into a festive display of chocolates: towers of chocolates covered in glass domes and beautiful packages of chocolates on pedestals. As we walked through the door, time stood still and I was overwhelmed with a profound happiness. I knew that I would spend the rest of my life with chocolate, trying to share its history and its sublime pleasures with others.

Since that fortuitous moment, I have spent 25 years refining my recipes while combining my two passions: tea and chocolate. By balancing their unique flavors I feel more like an alchemist than a chocolatier, allowing tea and chocolate to celebrate each other! I have had the honor of owning a chocolate café in Newport, Rhode Island where I shared my creations with clientele on a daily basis. Over the years my love of people and chocolate has morphed into a new synthesis of service. la maison de COCO is a house with a mission, helping non-profit organizations raise funds by hosting chocolate events.

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Mission


la maison de COCO

welcome to my home

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Mission


la maison de COCO

welcome to my home

I have had the honor of owning a chocolate café in Newport, RI. Over the years, my love of people and chocolate have slowly morphed into a new synthesis of service. la maison de COCO is a house with a mission; helping non-profit organizations raise funds by hosting chocolate events.

My Mission

I originally founded la maison de COCO with the hopes of sharing my passion for chocolate with a broader audience. I was thrilled to celebrate my appetite and knowledge of chocolate with our clientele. I was living my dream. After a while this desire fueled a more important challenge for me: how do I continue to nurture this joy of sharing chocolate while simultaneously helping those in need. Today, la maison de COCO is a house with a mission and hosts chocolate events for non-profit organizations serving the less fortunate.



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Events


let's talk chocolate

over a bottle of wine

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Events


let's talk chocolate

over a bottle of wine

 

la maison de COCO today

Today, la maison de COCO wishes to bring the ceremonial pleasures of chocolate dating back to 600 BC into the 21st century by hosting chocolate events. Each event is used as an opportunity to educate our guests’ palates. We taste chocolates from different estates, discuss the history of chocolate; we bring our awareness to the flavor of the teas used in the tea-infused truffles. I encourage the structure of these events to change depending on the hosts and guests. la maison de COCO  offers truffle and wine pairings that along with the history of chocolate will highlight why the particular wine was chosen to pair with the tea-infused truffle. Please browse all the upcoming events by exploring the event calendar below. I would love to see you at the next la maison de COCO truffle pairing. 

 
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Kitchen Gallery


simple food, simple pleasures

join the coco lifestyle

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Kitchen Gallery


simple food, simple pleasures

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The Kitchen Gallery

la maison de COCO is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in the kitchen. The cream I use for the truffles comes from a local, Rhode Island farm where practicing sustainable farming is a priority. Shunning growth hormones, they also nurture their cows in a pesticide-free environment.

My desire is to present our clientele with confections made with pride, passion and the finest ingredients choosing, whenever possible, produce from local farmers who are committed to sustainable farming. I truly believe that by taking the extra time to pick farm-fresh ingredients from the rich agriculture that surrounds us, or by taking the extra time to hand-roll and hand-dip truffles, la maison de COCO is able to offer tea-infused truffles and chocolates that are not only pleasures for the eye but also treasures for the taste buds.

 

Photography courtesy of our friend, Sophie Kuller.

 

 
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Food for Thought


here's what's on my mind

chocolate..chocolate...chocolate

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Food for Thought


here's what's on my mind

chocolate..chocolate...chocolate

 

Food for Thought