• A Brazilian Take on Chocolate is a Delicious Treat, Gift and Teambuilding Opportunity

     
    FROM THE Fall 2018 ISSUE
     

The San Francisco-based company tinyB Chocolate produces “brigadeiros,” a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle that has a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell. tinyB founder Renata Stoica is a São Paolo native who’s using her old family recipes to bring the tradition to America. She infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper and Brazilian coffee. Beautifully packaged in robin’s egg blue boxes, the chocolates make a perfect party favor and a lovely holiday gift. The boxes can be branded with a company logo or motto. And tinyB runs teambuilding chocolate-making events where participants roll their own brigadeiros, pick their toppings, and do lots of tasting along the way. Lasting between one to two hours and able to accommodate from 5 to 50 amateur chocolate-makers, the events can take place at tinyB’s locations or in an office or other site. All that’s required is a 4-foot-by6-foot table and enough room for guests.  

If you want to boost attendance at a meeting or conference, try these four letters: N.A.P.A. And while the Northern California wine region has more than enough activities to keep attendees busy when they’re not in meetings—475 wineries, to begin with—the downtown heart of the region is introducing new experiences this fall. Here’s a sampling:

 

San Francisco is seeing marked increases in visitor volume, visitor spending, group business, and hotel occupancy this year compared to 2021. However, visitor volume will not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2024, and global visitation will not reach 2019 levels until 2025. Those projections were shared by the San Francisco Travel Association at its Annual Visitor and Lodging Forecast Forum held on Aug. 24 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.