midnight mecca

3.31.18 | official launch for boharat middle eastern spice

What's more magical than a dinner party at a chocolate factory? On march 31st, we hosted midnight mecca, an intimate five-course dinner and cocktail pairing popup series created by Chef Tarik Abdullah, at the jcoco factory & flagship store. The evening began with a private tour of the factory led by owner and CEO Jean Thompson. GUests were serenaded by a live cellist throughout the course of the meal, and the event culminated with the official release of our latest addition to the jcoco menu, the boharat middle eastern spice bar in 60% dark chocolate. Take a look at some of the highlights from the night.

the menu

CHef Tarik's menu for the evening drew inspiration from five regions across the globe where cacao is produced, including Brazil, mexico, the ivory coast, ecuador, and Cameroon. Several dishes and beverages integrated jcoco chocolate in unique ways, from a citrusy salad grated with cayenne veracruz orange in white chocolate to a rum cocktail rimmed with black fig pistachio dark chocolate.

 
 
 jcoco Owner & Ceo, Jean Thomson enjoys a chocolate sangria in a mini mason jar.

jcoco Owner & Ceo, Jean Thomson enjoys a chocolate sangria in a mini mason jar.

 Chef Tarik Abdullah beams in front of our new signature 'boharat' pattern.

Chef Tarik Abdullah beams in front of our new signature 'boharat' pattern.

 

the bar

 
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Chef Tarik draws inspiration from the flavors of his childhood and his travels to North Africa and the Mediterranean to formulate a spice-forward culinary point of view.

A complex and versatile blend of spices, Boharat is used throughout Middle Eastern cuisine often in lentil dishes and stews. Our 60% cacao bar transforms this traditionally savory flavor profile, infusing dark chocolate with spices such as cumin, black peppercorn, cinnamon and cloves for a surprisingly harmonious flavor profile. Non-GMO, gluten free, vegan, and Kosher. It uses Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa.

Every time you purchase jcoco, we donate a fresh, healthy serving of food to someone who would otherwise go without. Learn more about our giving mission.