Tradestone Confections (Chip Roman)
Chip Roman of Blackfish/Mica is starting a chocolates business (from the address, next to Blackfish):
The storefront for Tradestone next to Blackfish is not open yet, but the online shop is now open and I ordered a box of 32 chocolates. They offer assortments of handmade chocolates (16 flavors, as well as holiday assortments), 3 different truffles, 3 barks, 3 turtles, 3 origin-specific bars, pate de fruit, macarons, caramels, and even custom creations.
In my beautiful box of 32 ($48 + shipping), there were 2 each of 16 different flavors, and a photo card with detailed descriptions of each one, such as:
"DOUBLE MINT: The flavor of real, fresh mint shines in this refreshing handcrafted chocolate. The cooling herb infuses layers of dark and milk chocolate ganache for a sophisticated version of a kid-friendly classic.
RUM RAISIN: This chocolate starts with sweet raisins, soaked in Caribbean rum until plump. The boozy raisins meet their match in dark chocolate ganache. Cheers to the marriage of spirits and sweets.
The flavors are vibrant, refined and interesting. The mint, for example, tasted like chewing on a fresh green mint leaf, not the chemical flavor of most mint chocolates.
These are the best locally made chocolates I've had in Philly. I know where I'm getting some easy stocking stuffers now (boxes in sizes of 4, 9, 16 and 32)!
I'm not sure, but I suspect you may now be able to get a chocolate course while dining at Blackfish (crack open your Merlot, Amarone, late harvest Zin, or Port!). I'll ask when I go in for lunch this week.
We met Tradestone's co-owner Fred Ortega (CIA-trained, ex-Le Bec Fin/Lacroix) at our lunch at Blackfish last Friday, and he kindly treated us to a selection of their chocolates, truffles, caramels, and pate de fruit. Amazing! Went really well with an 1999 Allegrini Amarone della Valpolicella Classico.
Apparently, there will eventually be a door connecting Tradestone and Blackfish. The former will also have ~15 tables and be open all day for breakfast/lunch for sandwiches etc. No timetable on that yet.