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WITI Offline “A Tasting Tour of Fine Chocolates”

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Presented by New Leaf Chocolates, Walter Plante will tell us about how the cocoa beans are grown, where the organic and fair trade artisan chocolates come from, and we’ll have many samples throughout the evening.

Walter will also talk about their unique product, GreenPod, sustainable packaging which uses only recycled, biodegradable, and recyclable materials. This event will be held at the Battery Lounge at the Fairmont Battery Wharf to insure we have beverages to cleanse our pallet. Come and enjoy chocolate, red wine and camaraderie with women in business.

Meeting Notes: Appetizers are provided by the Aragosta Restaurant at the Fairmont. Bring your business cards and your smile. Men are welcome to attend who love chocolate.

About Our Speaker(s)

After 20 years of world travel, Walter Plante has accumulated over one million frequent flyer miles and a deep passion for fine food and chocolate. Immersed in the culture of artisan food in Europe and the culture of cacao cultivation in the tropics, he has been struck by the immense depth of the chocolate world. With the knowledge and appreciation of chocolate gained through his travels, he decided to elevate awareness of artisan chocolates in the United States.

So, he co-founded NewLeaf Chocolates along with his wife, Genevieve Oba. Walter focuses on chocolate education including teaching chocolate appreciation classes in the Boston area. He also shares his knowledge of chocolate by writing the chocolate review and travel blog, Kokobuzz.com. He has received basic instruction in chocolate from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from WPI. When he is not writing and teaching about chocolate, he spends his days as the Director of Program Management for a manufacturing company outside Boston.

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at:

    Fairmont Battery Wharf
    Three Battery Wharf
    Boston, Massachusetts 02109

We will gather around at the Battery Lounge at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, the latest addition to Boston’s vibrant waterfront scene. Located on Boston’s Harbor Walk in the North End, the Battery Lounge at the Fairmont Battery Wharf offers a warm, social atmosphere in a stunning waterfront setting.

The Fairmont will validate parking for $12 which is good for 3 hours.


6:00 - 6:45 pm Check in and cocktails, appetizers and networking
6:45 - 6:55 pm WITI Welcome and Introductions
6:55 - 7:55 pm New Leaf Chocolates presentation, sampling, and "tour"
7:55 - 8:00 pm Wrap up and Get Ready for Jazz at the Aragosta


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Thanks to our sponsor, the Fairmont Battery Wharf. Come experience one of the premier luxury hotels in Boston. This sophisticated, urban, waterfront retreat is surrounded by unique shopping, fine dining, spectacular coastal views, and the rich historical setting of downtown Boston.

The only boutique hotel located on Boston Harbor, Fairmont Battery Wharf is ideally situated for business and pleasure pursuits. We are just steps away from the city’s Italian North End, bustling financial district, Freedom Trail, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and TD Garden - New England's premier sports and entertainment arena.

About Our Partner(s)

About NewLeaf Chocolates
NewLeaf Chocolates is a unique online artisan chocolate shop with an earth-friendly approach. We work to find the world’s best chocolate while protecting the planet in these tangible ways:

  • We emphasize organic and fair-trade chocolates in our offering. Each product on the site has a description of its “Planet Positives” to allow customers to make smart choices.

  • We’ve developed the GreenPod ™ sustainable shipping system which uses all plant-based materials that are recycled, recyclable or compostable. Even in the summer, no Styrofoam coolers are ever used to ship chocolate.

  • As a member of 1% for the Planet, we donate 1% of all sales to environmental charity.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Deborah Stark ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.