Chocotastery is your destination for chocolate education and tasting experiences. We offer our customers an opportunity to deepen their appreciation, love and enjoyment for craft chocolate. During our events customers will learn about where cacao is grown, how it is grown and harvested and how chocolate is made and participate in a guided chocolate tasting. We will donate a portion of each event’s proceeds to help improve the livelihood of cacao farmers in cacao producing origins around the world. We accomplish this by partnering with members of the chocolate industry who we know and trust and support their businesses by purchasing their chocolate and promoting their stories. This allows us to realize the power and possibility of connection and create a fun and empowering landscape where we can learn about chocolate, taste unique chocolate and discover how we can positively impact the industry together.
GLENN S. PETRIELLO, OWNER
Glenn discovered his love for chocolate back in 2009 at the young age of 24 while pursuing a budding career in Human Resources. Although he had loved chocolate throughout his childhood, it took watching Food Network to help him realize his calling of "The Food of the Gods." Over the years he took advantage of numerous chocolate classes at the International Culinary Center and Institute for Culinary Education and online at Ecole Chocolat. In 2014, Glenn’s focus was to craft beautifully artistic dark chocolate bonbons with unique flavors profiles starting up his own company under the brand, Glennmade Confections in his apartment in Hoboken, NJ. In 2015, Glenn had an epiphany when he decided to study the bean to bar chocolate making process through Ecole Chocolat. He spent the rest of the year educating himself and becoming more active in the industry by attending a chocolate making class with Mindo Chocolate Makers in Dexter, Michigan and events and classes with the Northwest Chocolate Festival, Fine Chocolate Industry Association and Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute. As 2016 approached Glenn decided to make a pivotal move to rebrand his company to Glennmade Craft Chocolate handcrafting bean to bar dark chocolate in Hoboken, NJ and decided to craft chocolate from six different origins. In June 2017, he was given the opportunity to relocate across the country to be Head Chocolate Maker at indi chocolate in Seattle’s Pike Place Market. After seven months, he decided to come back home to the east coast.
In April 2018, after all of his hands on experience with chocolate, he wanted to keep chocolate alive in his life by sharing his knowledge of how chocolate is made and how to taste chocolate with others. It was as simple as asking himself, “If people bake in a bakery where do people taste chocolate?” Chocotastery was born.