And the phone call came in – “David we are no longer in business” said friend and Executive Pastry Chef Tim Brown. I am still sad over a month later not just for Tim who gave that business everything but as new as our business is, Aroa played a major part in where and why I started Boston Chocolate Tours.
Aroa for those of you not lucky enough to have enjoyed some of their fine Venezuelan chocolate was in the South End, on Washington Street, not far from Flour Bakery. It was a European style café where we started our South End Chocolate tour in front of the 16 framed photographs showing every step of the chocolate process, from pod harvesting to shipping preparations. It had an open kitchen that would allow guests to see and smell the chocolate as it would go through the enrobing and be stirred in the tempering machines. And oh yeah, the chocolate was amazing, El Ray owned it but Tim Brown’s passion brought it to life.
The South End Boston Chocolate tour is a great tour with more chocolate than we can include in one tour but Aroa was special and I will always be thankful for the welcoming that the Boston Chocolate Tour guests and for helping us start the tours and our company on the right note.