High-Flying Chocolatiers


Karen Urbanek of flying noir hand paints her chocolates using natural colors mixed with cocoa butter. She adds sparkle with mica, a naturally occurring mineral. Photo and video by Jon Milavec.

Meet chocolate makers, chocolatiers, cookbook authors, and pastry chefs at two upcoming chocolate gatherings in San Francisco. Among the makers is Karen Urbanek of flying noir, who is known for her exquisite hand-painted bonbons. Enjoy tastings, demos, lectures, hands-on workshops and an artisan marketplace. Info: craftchocolateexperience.com and sfchocolatesalon.com

Read our Winter Holidays 2019 story with a full map of East Bay chocolate makers and chocolatiers: here

Watch this video of Karen Urbanek creating her hand-painted flying noir chocolates.

Craft Chocolate Experience
Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 11am–5pm
Opening Night Party: Friday March 6, 7–10pm 

Palace of Fine Arts
3601 Lyon St, San Francisco

Cost: One Day General Adult Admission: $35, VIP Ticket (w/lounge access): $65, Children (ages 5–12): $15, Weekend Pass (includes Opening Night Party and admission for the weekend): $145

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon
Saturday March 21, 10am–5:30pm   

San Francisco County Fair Building
1199 9th Ave, Golden Gate Park

Cost: $20 in advance, $30 same day