Alexandra Whisnant, chocolatière
WHAT SHE SERVES
Artisanal chocolate bonbons made fresh each week, on-site in an open kitchen.
Small batches with rotating seasonal flavors available in gift boxes or by the piece. Expert tip: these chocolates are designed to be eaten within a few days, like a cake.
Alexandra fell in love with chocolate in Paris — as a pastry student at Le Cordon Bleu in 2004 and as an intern at Ladurée in 2006. She later honed her skills as a pastry cook at the world-famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley, where she discovered the delicious tastes and textures of fresh chocolates made with local, seasonal ingredients.
Realizing that most people would never experience the joys of a fresh bonbon unless she found a way to bring it to them, Alexandra set out to create a chocolate brand that revolved around freshness and seasonality, with small batches made once a week, date-stamped and distributed quickly around town.
When she returned to Paris in 2012, she launched gâté comme des filles and turned her apartment into a makeshift chocolate factory, running events and pop-ups all over the city. She moved the business to San Francisco, where she made weekly deliveries to speciality food shops throughout the Bay Area. Her chocolates highlighted the tastiest local ingredients she could find, like foraged passionfruit,
mulberry, and meyer lemon.
Now that she is back in her hometown of Camberville, Alexandra has been building a loyal local following for the past two years from her kitchen tucked away in Aeronaut Brewery. Her chocolates are hard to find, and—at least according to one customer—that is part of their appeal.
"In Paris, I used to walk by this tiny flower shop literally tucked underneath a flight of stairs, with a single door opening out onto the sidewalk and bouquets of flowers spilling out. I always wanted a jewel box-sized chocolate shop. I was excited to find a tiny home at Bow Market, with so many talented makers so close together."
PAIRS WELL WITH:
A salad of local greens with a yummy vinaigrette from In Season Food Shop