Read all about it here.
In all seriousness, I do think this is sweet. I hate Nancy Nadel’s policy positions and I think she’s utterly useless on the City Council, but that does not make her a bad person. I believe her heart is in the right place.
Apparently she currently finds “limited joy in [her] work” and wants to start a co-operatively owned boutique choclate making company. Good for her. I’ve made molded choclates professionally in the past, and for those who have the right temperment, it can be highly satisfying work (The pay is crap, though. In fact, I left the food industry because I simply couldn’t afford to live in Oakland on what I was making. This is one of the primary reasons I’m so skeptical of Nancy Nadel’s incessant claims that her “industrial preservation” plans will bring all sorts of high-paying boutique food production to the city. In my experience, the jobs she’s talking about mostly pay retail or sub-retail wages.). But if you can afford to, go for it, Nancy!
BTW, Ms. Nadel mentions briefly some of the problems that small cacao growers in places like Jamaica face. If anyone is interested in further learning about the business of chocolate and the lives of the farmers, I highly recommend this book.
In other news, I’m seething with jealousy after learning that she owns a Champion.