Media & Events


Congratulations to our lovely partners at Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate for winning the 2018 Good Food Awards! We always knew their chocolate was amazing and now the rest of the U.S. does too! Keep pushing. creating and striving friends!

 Check out Matt Weyandt from Xocolatl Small Batch ChocolateVivica A. Fox and Carl Payne talking about our chocolate and mezcal tasting on CBS by clicking here

Movie Night at The Collider, presented by Oskar Blues on October 24, 2017 06:30pm - 09:00pm ET in Asheville, North Carolina. 

"A Future Without Chocolate? Terrifying!"

We have partnered up with The Collider and French Broad Chocolates in a special pre-Halloween edition Movie Night at The Collider. The event will include clips from Setting The Bar Film and insights from Dan Rattigan from French Broad Chocolates who is featured in the documentary.

Attendees will have the opportunity to sample single-origin chocolates while representatives of French Broad Chocolates and a climate scientist will discuss the natural environment it is produced in: climate, soil, topography. More info found here:

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Drink great mezcal; support cacao conservation education! Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate in Atlanta is hosting 4 evenings in October (October 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th) of mezcal and chocolate tastings. All proceeds go to Setting the Bar film. Spaces are limited! Buy tickets at

Director Tim Shephard was featured on Atlanta's NPR during his Botanical Gardens tour. Listen to Tim Shephard and the Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate team talk about craft chocolate and the motivation behind the documentary by clicking here

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On March 5th, come to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens to join film Director Tim Shephard and one of the main characters of the documentary Nate Hodge from Raaka to learn about sourcing and sustainable agriculture through chocolate. Find out the details here.

On March 7th, join Director Tim Shephard at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in a special preview of selected footage from their latest documentary program, Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story, as they share the story of chocolate from bean in the Amazon to bar in high-end cafes and stores. Elaine Read and Matt Weyandt, the co-owners of Krog Street Market's Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate, appear in the film and will be here to talk about their journey to creating sustainable and artisanal chocolate products. More event information here:

Congrats to our supporters and some of the main characters of our film at Parliament Chocolate for winning the 2017 Good Food Award for their Tanzania bar. We can personally attest to the level of care and passion that goes into sourcing and making this amazing chocolate.

Director Tim Shephard presented at the Northwest Chocoalte Festival in Seattle in November 2016. He was accompanied by Nate Hodge from Raaka Chocolate, Dan Rattigan from French Broad Chocolates, Matt Weyandt from Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate and Steve Bergin from Conservation Cacao.

We did it! With the help of almost 250 individual supporters we were able to reach our fundraising goal of $25,000. Check out our Kickstarter information and exclusive prizes that went out here

We were asked to write an article for Chowhound about our film and why you should eat ethically sourced chocolate. Check it out by clicking here.

Listen to The Farm Report interview Director Tim Shephard and Nate Hodge from Raaka Chocolate about their adventure in the Peruvian jungle and their experience making the film by clicking here.

In this episode of Well Tempered, the first podcast dedicated to the stories of chocolate & cacao, Lauren speaks with Elaine Read (Xocolatl Small Batch Chocolate) and Amy Burns, two of the principle women from the upcoming documentary 'Setting the Bar: A Craft Chocolate Origin Story.' (direct link:

Check out Xocolatl and their HUGE feature in the Atlanta Journal this week. Proud to be working with such conscientious and considered producers. To read the full article about Matt and Elaine's journey, click here

Read about an interview with film Director Tim Shephard with New Zealand's The Chocolate Bar blog by clicking here

Listen to the Director Tim Shephard get interviewed for Australian audiences as they discuss cacao, his journey in the Amazon and the reason behind making this film by clicking here

Setting the Bar Film was featured in the Yellow Seed's November Newsletter. To read the full newsletter click here.

We had a successful production wrap party for Setting the Bar at Raaka Chocolate Factory in Redhook, New York on October 27, 2016. We had an exciting night that included the trailer screening, Q&A, Peruvian food, wine and mezcal. 

We had the premiere of the Setting the Bar trailer at the Downtown Redlands Art Walk on October 23, 2016. We were proud to be a part the Fair Chocolate & Coffee Fair hosted by Ryan and Cassi Berk from Parliament Chocolate.