Brian Pelletier

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    November 17, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Week: November 17 to 20

    Restaurants and bars are packing in the events before the holidays, and this week's no exception. Check out St. Louis Eats at the Missouri History Museum, stop by the opening of Cantina Laredo or support cannabis at Tick Tock Tavern. Continue on for our picks of the week. See also: Chef Chat: D. Sc ... More >>

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    November 11, 2014

    Openings: Avenue, Side Project, Larder & Cupboard, Riverbend

    It's been a busy few days for St. Louis restaurants. There were several openings, which means more delicious food (and some killer Instagram photos). Here's the roundup of what you may have missed, and what's coming up this week. See also: Cory King Debuts Tasting Room, Side Project Cellar [PHOTOS]

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    November 7, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: November 7 to 9

    It doesn't feel like November quite yet, and we're not complaining. Plus, the beer festivals are still going strong! Get out of the house this weekend for Budweiser's Brew Fest, a chili cookoff, or even a fairy-tale tea party. Continue on for our food-related recommendations. See also: Thrillist Na ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Coffee Meets Chocolate at Kakao's New Clayton Location

    On any given weekday at the new Clayton location of Kakao Chocolate (7700 Forsyth Boulevard; 314-726-7974), business-attired professionals wander in to eyeball the wall-to-wall spread of handmade chocolates, candies and assorted treats after lunch at neighboring businesses including Niche and Pastar ... More >>

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    August 21, 2014

    Kakao Chocolate Clayton is Now Open

    If you're a chocoholic, Clayton just got a little sweeter. The new Kakao Chocolate is now open. It's the third location for the St. Louis chocolatier, which first opened on South Jefferson Avenue in 2008 and later expanded to Maplewood. The new Kakao is located in the Centene building at 7700 Forsyt ... More >>

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    August 6, 2014

    Brian Pelletier's Larder and Cupboard Coming to Maplewood

    According to Brian Pelletier and Cindy Higgerson, Maplewood is missing just one thing: a specialty food shop. Pelletier, who owns Kakao Chocolate, is opening Cupboard and Larder this fall on the corner of Manchester and Marshall Avenues in downtown Maplewood. See also: Kakao Chocolate Sets Up Shop ... More >>

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    March 6, 2014

    Kakao Chocolate Sets Up Shop in Clayton

    Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-771-2310) is opening a third location in Clayton at the Centene Building, which also houses Niche and Pastaria. It will be retail only (so no chocolate production will take place), but it'll be the only Kakao to serve coffee and espresso drinks. See ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    Food Photo Essay: Kakao Chocolate Revs Up for Easter

    Getting ready for Easter? Fortunately for St. Louisans, Kakao Chocolate is, too. Yep, Brian Pelletier and his team are busy making chocolate bunnies and marshmallow snow birds at the chocolatier's two locations -- (7272 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-645-4446) and (2301 South Jefferson Avenue; 314 ... More >>

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    February 22, 2013

    The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: February 22 to 24

    Well, that was a doozy. It's time to defrost. Warm yourself from the inside out this weekend with the likes of lovely liquids like booze and soup. Choose between events like the St. Louis Centennial Beer Festival, Sloup #32 and more. See this weekend's recommendations after the jump. Friday (Feb. 2 ... More >>

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    June 25, 2012

    Kakao Chocolate Salted Caramel Bacon = Almost More Awesomeness Than We Can Handle

    First it was the lavender and Maker's Mark truffles. Then it was the white pepper bark. Then came the bacon brittle. And the pistachio oil over ice cream. All of it seemed like it wouldn't taste quite...right. And it all turned out to be insanely good. This is why Kakao Chocolate (2301 South Jeffer ... More >>

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    March 29, 2011

    Mayans, Beer Chocolate: What a Combo!

    Deborah Hylandwhat could possibly go better with an exhibition of Mayan art and artifacts than Mayan-inspired chocolates by Kakao? How 'bout Kakao's Mayan-inspired chocolates paired with beer from Maplewood neighbor Schlafly?​To celebrate its exhibition, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Chocolate Is Always the Right Size for Valentine's Day

    Laura MillerChocolates at Bissinger's at Maryland Plaza​Valentine's Day is this Monday, February 14. What's that? You haven't done your shopping yet? No worries. On this holiday, it's not the thought that counts -- it's the quality of the chocolate.Gut Check checked in with a few of our favorite ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Kakao Maplewood Open for Business

    Aimee LevittBrian Pelletier behind the counter of Kakao Chocolate's new location on Manchester Avenue in Maplewood.​Nobody thought it would actually happen, least of all owner Brian Pelletier, but on Thursday, February 3, just two months after signing the lease and two days after an ice storm ... More >>

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    November 30, 2010

    Kakao Chocolate to Open Maplewood Shop

    Laura Ann MillerKakao Chocolate's original location​Owner Brian Pelletier tells Gut Check that he has signed a lease to open Kakao Chocolate at 7272 Manchester Road in Maplewood. This will be the second location for the shop the RFT named "Best Chocolate" in 2010, following the original at 2301 So ... More >>