Published November 13, 2012
Tale of the Tape
Dandelion Chocolate vs. Chocolate Lab. Go.
Well, look at that. Turns out it’s an epic week for chocolate. Tomorrow brings a new chocolate factory in
the Mission called Dandelion Chocolate
. Two days later, Chocolate Lab
, a new café from
Recchiuti Confections, opens its doors in the Dogpatch. Herewith: your primer for telling the two
Two Stanford alums who sold a tech
startup to Comcast in ’08 and got into the chocolate-making business two years later. (That old
The pastry chef who launched Recchiuti Confections in 1997.
Draw. There are no losers here, really.
It’s a functioning chocolate factory
housed in a former garage that’s also home to Craftsman
& Wolves and Abbot’s Cellar. Grab a stool at the counter and watch the chocolate-makers... make
True to its name, it’s got a turn-of-the-century-apothecary vibe with
blown-glass beakers and test-tube-shaped lights.
Dandelion. It’s like Willy Wonka’s, but for dates.
Chocolate in familiar form: bar, hot
chocolate, brownie, cake and pudding. Also, a not-so-familiar form: cacao-pulp smoothies.
Chocolate cakes, sundaes, truffles and custards, plus savory offerings like
tartine sandwiches. Oh, and beer, wine and sherry cocktails.
Chocolate Lab. You know, because of the whole beer thing.
740 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
801 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107