Michael and Jacky Recchiuti satisfy San Francisco taste buds from a shop in the Ferry Building, and the rest of the world's by mail order. Crafting each confection to be a unique taste experience, they bring fine craftsmanship and a large dollop of love to the chocolates they make.
Our Interview with Michael Recchiuti
What motivated you to open a chocolate business?
The motivation has always been driven by sheer passion for the medium and the fact that chocolate travels well, versus ice cream or pastries. Chocolate has always been a luxury gift and maintains a high level of cachet. It seemed like the most logical way to spread out across the country and be able to maintain quality and freshness along the way.
Did you have any formal training in chocolate making?
My formal chocolate experience was developed through the years, starting in the late seventies up until now. I was able to work with a lot of European chefs and chocolatiers during that time who specialized in chocolate techniques of all kinds. Chocolate has always been a passion for me and, although there was a huge learning curve, with the proper mentoring from strong chefs, I was able to excel.
Where do you get your inspiration for the different flavors and textures you include in your chocolates?
My flavors and combinations came from working with different chefs and pastry chefs who were not afraid to test the waters with what, at the time, one thought of as juxtaposing flavor combinations. Try the absurd and something exquisite will blossom through trial and error.
If you had to describe your product line in a couple of sentences, what would that be?
True cacao flavors that have very subtle accents, using fresh herbs and teas to compliment the cacao, not detract from it. Our product is very pure, with a strong focus on the packaging and flavors coming together for an elegant experience.
What is your personal favorite out of all the products you make and why?
I will have to say the tarragon grapefruit has always been one of my favorites. I love the tarragon-infused ganache, topped with the piece of candied grapefruit peel, which has a very satisfying effect on your pallet. The ultimate flavor combination—that works for me in a big way. I love this confection.
One Ferry Building, Shop #30
San Francisco, CA 94111
801 22nd St (at Tennessee St.)
San Francisco, CA 94107
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