Women Lead at March 23 TCHO Chocolate Factory Nightlife Event

Women lead at TCHO! Laura Ann Sweater, director of sustainability and strategic sourcing, discusses flavor with Cynthia Tjhia and Diana Li (pictured below), members of TCHO’s unique Flavor Lab. (Photos courtesy of TCHO)


TCHO Chocolate of Berkeley opens its doors to the public on Thursday, March 23, 5:30–8:30pm to celebrate Women’s History Month with an event that features factory tours and chocolate tastings of some never-before-seen chocolate products. It’s also a chance to meet nearly a dozen women who own and/or lead East Bay–based food and beverage businesses, many of whom are bringing their company’s (vegetarian or vegan) beverages or sweet and savory bites for you to enjoy at the party.

Here’s a list of the women you can meet at the gathering:

Laura Ann Sweitzer, TCHO director of sustainability and strategic sourcing

Alana Buckley, TCHO social media manager

Cynthia Tjhia and Diana Li, members of TCHO’s unique Flavor Lab.

Mica Talmor, executive chef and owner of Pomella in Oakland

Stevie Stacionis, co-owner of Oakland’s Bay Grape and owner of MAMA in Oakland

MAMA chef Priscilla Przygocki

Saloni Mehra, pastry chef at Oakland’s Millennium

Emily Winston, founder of Boichik bakery in Berkeley

Casey Hunt, co-owner of Alameda’s Alley & Vine

Erica Perez, co-owner of Oaktown Spice Shop

Tina Lee, co-owner of Big Boi Mochi in Berkeley

Rosa Li, founder of Wild Wonder in South San Francisco

Hillary Janson, co-owner of Oakland’s Roses’ Taproom


TCHO Chocolate Factory Nightlife Event
Thursday, March 23, 5:30–8:30pm 

3100 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
Cost: $35
Ticket link HERE 

Note that masks are encouraged for the lobby space and required for the factory tour. Close-toe shoes required inside the factory. All attendees must bring a form of identification to receive alcoholic beverages.

More about TCHO’s Sustainability Efforts:

As of late 2022, Berkeley-based officially became a 100% plant-based operationInclusive of TCHO’s milk and white chocolate offerings, named Choco Blanco and Oat My Gawd respectively, the complete product line is now animal-free. Making such a large change came with risk, but TCHO says their sustainability-focused ideals overrode any concern. B Corp certified, TCHO is dedicated to maintaining reputable supply chain and sourcing practices and has a longstanding Flavor Labs program that funds mini bean-to-bar chocolate making facilities at origin where local farmers can test cocoa they produce on the spot and provide sensory analysis while receiving educational resources and a TCHO Quality Premium compensation.


Tasting events and factory tours are back at the TCHO Chocolate factory in Berkeley.