Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Find Passion for Chocolate at Videri

At this downtown Raleigh bean-to-bar haven, each chocolate bar is hand-wrapped with love. Gracious customer service, social responsibility and attention to detail are fundamental tenets at Videri Chocolate Factory, which opened in December 2011 in the former Raleigh train depot.

Endeavoring to source fair-trade, organic ingredients whenever possible, Videri uses select cacao beans from Central and South America. Employees hand sort the beans before winnowing, roasting and grinding. Self-guided tours of the factory are available anytime the doors are open. Husband and wife owners Sam and Starr Sink Ratto have teamed up with Chris Heavener, and you’d be hard-pressed to find three nicer people to sell you chocolate.  




PHOTO COURTESY OF JONATHAN FREDIN/S&A CHEROKEE

Enticements range from pepper-infused chocolate to smooth-tasting 90 percent dark. Be sure to grab a cup of Stumptown Coffee Roasters robust java to pair with your sweet treats. 

In addition to selling chocolate at their store, Videri services wholesale accounts nationwide, including Whole Foods; Whisk, a kitchenware outfit in Cary; and Parker and Otis restaurant and gift shop in Durham. 


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