French Broad Chocolate, Cats at Play Café, Chow Chow


ASHEVILLE – A homegrown gourmet chocolate company prepares to open a new location; a new business promoting cat cuddling is on its way; a chef-packed event returns for a four-day run; and local restaurants welcome a new leader.

More chocolate for all

Asheville-based French Broad Chocolate is taking its gourmet treats on the road with its first store outside of the mountain city.

In the fall, French Broad Chocolate will open in Ponce City Market in Atlanta. The retailer will be on the first floor of the Central Food Hall and in good company with neighbors including LaRayia’s Bodega & Five Daughters Bakery.

French Broad Chocolate will open its first location outside of Asheville.  The new site will debut in the Ponce City Market in Atlanta in the fall.

French Broad Chocolate is a “bean-to-bar” craft chocolate company founded by Jael Skeffington and Dan Rattigann in Asheville in 2006. It remains a popular destination for artisan chocolate treats made from direct-sourced cacao.

“Opening at Ponce City Market has been a dream of ours for many years,” Skeffington said in a news release. “This is a huge milestone, and we are so thrilled to become a part of the amazing food community in Atlanta.”

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