Sixth Annual Chocolate for Congo Underway in Portland!

“Chocolate for Congo is a cause that I am thrilled to support.”– Coquine chef Katy Millard 

Many of you know that we are chocolate lovers here at my office. We often give gifts of chocolate at closings, holidays, and Lauren has even been known to share a bar or two with our vendors at home inspections!

When we learned about this month-long event, we couldn’t resist sharing it with you. Never Again Coalition was kind enough to chat with us about the impact this event makes on the lives of those in the Congo. They informed us that to date, over $15,000 has been raised for the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI).

So why not treat yourself to a fantastic dessert while contributing to a great cause with Chocolate for Congo, returning to the Portland area for its 6th year. Mouth-watering desserts made with Theo Chocolate benefit the Eastern Congo Initiative—a non-profit focused on grant-making and advocacy with and for the people of Eastern Congo—with $1 from each dessert sale going to the organization. Theo Chocolate, which now sources more than 70% of its chocolate from the Congo, has generously donated the chocolate for the benefit. Local organization, Never Again Coalition is also sponsoring.

The best part? Some of Portland’s best pastry chefs and award-winning restaurants are participating! These desserts are available all of February, and with 15 locations and 28 days, you can try them all—some even twice.

Participating restaurants and bakeries include:

  • Ava Gene’s
  • Baker & Spice and The Cakery
  • Bakeshop
  • Bistro Agnes
  • Canard
  • Clyde Common
  • Coquine
  • La Neta
  • Le Pigeon
  • Little Bird Bistro
  • Oui! Wine Bar + Restaurant
  • Ox
  • Pie Spot
  • Tusk

Theo Chocolate also shared with us:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is rich in natural and human resources but it has the lowest per-capita gross domestic product in the world. During the past twenty years, violence, poverty, disease, and war have claimed the lives of over 6 million Congolese men, women, and children. And despite democratic elections and multiple peace agreements, the eastern region is still impacted by conflict, which has significantly diminished the availability of reliable, income-generating employment, as well as education and health care.

In 2010, Theo, along with ECI and ESCO, recognized an opportunity to help the region emerge from crisis by joining forces with local farmers to cultivate cocoa. Cocoa requires minimal re-planting, prevents deforestation, and can be sold for much higher value than other local food crops. It is also considered “militia-proof” because its true value isn’t realized until it’s processed. Our first contract in 2010 was for just twenty tons and it was a struggle to buy from farmers. Today Congolese cocoa represents 70% of Theo’s total cocoa supply and can be found in every single chocolate product that we make. 

To learn more about ECI, please watch this beautifully presented animated video!

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 7:25 pm
Sohee Anderson LLC | Category: Around PDX & Beyond

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