Much as we’ve tried, one cannot live on cocoa alone. Hence the “ + Co.” part of our name. First it was La Colombe coffee and Kilogram teas complementing our global chocolate collection. Now we’re offering Karl’s Craft Soups--organic seasonal selections that change daily.
Like everything we carry, we’ve sampled the best and have chosen a winner in Karl Bader’s artisan-made soups. Karl’s signature is thick, creative, vegetable-based combinations with complex flavors that don’t rely on thickeners so they’re gluten-free. They’re always organic and we’ll have at least one vegetarian or vegan option on hand. Fall selections might include: Roasted Tomato & Cheddar, Black Bean Chorizo, Minty Split Pea & Tarragon, Pumpkin Bisque, Moroccan Chick Pea, and more.
We talked to Karl about his craft recently. Here’s what he had to say:
You’ll often hear us talk about “Provisions for the Chocolate Life” at Cocoa + Co. Yes, you’ll find an unprecedented wealth of chocolate and chocolate-related items at our shop in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. But that’s only part of what we mean.
The Chocolate Life is rich and filled with pleasures to be savored, not just yummy things to eat. The Chocolate Life is mindful, enhanced by learning, and curiosity is rewarded with endless adventure. It’s a life of conviviality, celebration and warmth. The Chocolate Life is the good life, lived large.
So, if we’re truly going to encourage living The Chocolate Life, we know that it takes more than simply stocking your pantry. We’ll take you along on chocolate’s journey from bean to bar, introduce you to passionate artisans, and tell you where to find our favorite chocolate-related places for your travels. We’ll bring you into our kitchens and share the chocolate creations we’re serving friends and family. And we’ll invite you to become part of our community of chocolate lovers, tasting limited edition treats, meeting some of our knowledgeable guests, and joining us for events celebrating The Chocolate Life.
We’ll be doing all that and more right here, so stay tuned. If we have but one life to live, shouldn’t it be The Chocolate Life?