Oliver Kita is not your typical chocolatier. Everything he does keeps pace with his philosophy: Aware, Exquisite, Passionate, Joyful, Powerful, Conscious. Chocolate lovers who encounter Oliver's creations know they have found something special.
This year Oliver has given us truly unique Valentine chocolates reflective of his creativity, unique passion and genuine desire to bring joy to others. “Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant for the expression of love that is classic and enduring,” says Oliver. He is committed to providing his customers with sexy, classy, romantic chocolate gifts which will wow and delight.
Nothing says romance quite like poetry and chocolate and Oliver's Loveletter collection brings us both. The Loveletter collection incorporates classical poetry and fair trade, organic chocolate with messages by authors like E. E. Cummings and Elizabeth Barrett reminding lovers all over the world that Valentine's Day is the time for true expression of emotion.
“Our inspirational and heartfelt chocolate project, the LoveLetter Collection, includes an artistic message, selected by the buyer, along with sixteen beautiful artisan chocolates. Poets have known for centuries that the written word is a powerful and seductive caress. We honor the timelessness of their literary masterpieces, and enhance it with the pleasure of incredible chocolate. This collection brings together the beauty of poetry with our modern message of fair trade, organic chocolate; kind of an old world meets new world notion”, shares Oliver Kita. The heart shaped bon bons are created with Valrhona dark chocolate and dramatic truffle filling, and the square shapes are fresh caramels decorated with pink patterns and sexy “kisses”. His caramel recipe uses full cream and European high grade butter.
Another option for adding some "wow" factor to Valentine's Day is the honoring of a lifestyle that is exploding in popularity with Oliver Kita's Vegan Valentines Chocolates. “Over the past few years, I have seen a tremendous increase in the number of people choosing to go vegan. By abstaining from animal products of all kinds, my customers are reporting that they feel healthier and more energetic," shares Oliver. "Inspired by them, I decided to become a vegan myself, and indeed, making different food choices has enhanced my life beautifully.”
The Vegan Valentines Collection is a wheat free, dairy free, organic, vegan option which delivers the same extraordinarily delectable experience for which the rest of his products are widely known.
From the Loveletter (with St. Germin liquer from Paris made with handpicked wild elderflower blossoms) and the Pistache Carre (pistachio and almond marzipan) to the Violet Halo (simply sweet and delicious “Ube- purple yam” used in southeast Asian ice creams) to the Tibetan Tiger (tapestry of orange caramel with a hint of chai and chili spice, the Vegan Valentines collection is all at once healthy, exquisite and delicious. It is clear that Oliver Kita has successfully created a union between the vegan lifestyle and the joyful celebration that chocolate can bring.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, located in New York’s Historic Hudson Valley, Oliver has received diplomas from L’Ecole Lontre, Paris; L’Ecole du Grand Chocolat Valrhona, Tain L’hermitage; and Academy du Chocolate Barry Callebaut of Montreal. Formerly a pastry chef at the legendary Russian tea room and a scholarship award-winner for the Beringer Vineyard School for American Chefs in the Napa Valley, Oliver now shares his passion for cooking and baking with chocolate aficionados from all over the world with organic chocolate bars, vegan chocolate bars and fair trade chocolates.
Oliver's chocolate studio also in the Hudson Valley in the quaint village of Rhinebeck. There you can meet with Oliver and experience his artisan chocolate creations in the ambiance of a beautiful chocolate shop.
Oliver has an unwavering commitment to bringing fair trade and organic chocolates to the masses. “I believe it is important for the patrons and every buyer who purchases chocolate to align their spending choices with universal and personal values.” he says. "Every dollar is a vote for human rights.”
Now that's passion.