Chocolatines Supports Efforts to Aid Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami Survivors

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All proceeds from various artisan chocolate selections donated to Japanese Red Cross

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Rieko Wada of Chocolatines displays the Chocouture Jewelry Box; artisan chocolate to benefit Japanese earthquake/tsunami survivors.

When I spoke to Chocolatines about the event, I could not think of a better vendor to close such a special event.

On March 11, 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck near the coast of Honshu, Japan and triggered tsunami waves of up to 33 feet that destroyed entire cities, homes and families. More than 21,000 people were killed or are still reported missing and the survivors are struggling to find clean water, food and shelter in the aftermath. Chocolatines participated in a Japan disaster benefit at Japonais on Tuesday, March 29th with Goose Island Brewery, Tenzing, Chandon and More Cupcakes in Chicago.

“When I spoke to Chocolatines about the event, I could not think of a better vendor to close such a special event”, states Erika Kono, Director of Administration & Logistics at the Japan America Society of Chicago, which hosted the benefit. “The turnout was phenomenal; there were over 220 people in the restaurant and we had to open the upstairs level to accommodate all of the patrons,” she continues. “People from the city and suburbs alike all showed up, so it was nice to see such a diverse audience.”

Chocolatines donated more than 300 pieces of artisan chocolate at the Japonais event is continuing the goodwill through sales on their website. Chocolatines is forwarding 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their 9-Piece chocolate collections (excluding the Diamond Collections) from March 30th - April 13th to the organizations in Japan that are still working to help the families who have been affected by this disaster.

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