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Running the length of the room, an expansive table is set as if for The Last Supper. Although in addition to bread and wine, it’s arrayed with quinoa salad, faux gras and quiche, and instead of apostles, attendants are the pillars of Brooklyn’s dessert community--including delegates from Blue Marble, The Good Batch, Megpies, Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Baked, Granola Lab, Whimsy and Spice, Raaka Chocolate, Salty Road, Liddabit Sweets and Bien Cuit, and--holding court...
When Ryan Cheney, founder of Raaka Chocolate, opened the company's original Clinton Hill factory in 2010, he did so with the intention of making small-batch chocolate bars from unroasted cocoa beans while also remaining conscious of environmental and humanitarian factors. Their product is certified organic, made from cocoa beans sourced directly from sustainable farms, and, if that weren't enough, it's all soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and vegan-friendly. It's also crazy delicious. Raaka won a Good...
Sure, a strong argument can be made that any time of year is the "right" time to go out and buy a ton of candy. This isn't wrong. But if there's any time when it's not only sanctioned but societally encouraged, it's the weeks surrounding Halloween. And with all the hype over the many, many goods that are now being carefully handcrafted in Brooklyn, the borough can occasionally get overlooked as a truly significant hub...

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