Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates is our Featured Local Vendor partner for December 1-15th. See flyer below for special pricing information.
Mama Ganache and Chef Tom
Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates is a small family-run chocolate business located at 1445 Monterey Street in San Luis Obispo, CA, just off the freeway, and four doors down from Splash Cafe. Always dedicated to offering high quality, ethically sourced and produced chocolates, Mama Ganache maintained Fair Trade and Organic certifications until 2016. Although we no longer carry the certification, our products are the same: either organic, fair trade or directly sourced.
Recently, Chef Tom has begun making his own chocolate from single source beans grown around the world and obtained through direct trade.
One of the best things about Mama Ganache founder and chief chocolatier, Chef Tom Neuhaus, is the way he embodies the intersection of art and science. Tom plays classical piano and he earned a PhD in Food Science from Cornell University. This enables him to understand how sounds, tastes, and aromas combine to produce a symphony of pleasurable sensations.
Tom trained as a cook and baker in restaurants and bakeries in France and Austria. In 1974, he co-founded Sweetish Hill Bakery and Restaurant in Austin, TX. Then, he worked in New York City at Quo Vadis as Chef de Rang/Poissonier and at Tartuffo Ristorante as Executive Chef, and as Executive Chef at the Fifty States Restaurant in Washington DC. For seven years, he wrote a weekly column about food for the Washington Post. Chef Tom taught the science of cooking and baking for a total of 33 years at Cornell’s Hotel School and at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
Since opening Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates in 2004, Tom has traveled to Africa twelve times to help West African cocoa farmers through his NGO, Project Hope and Fairness. His work there currently focuses on supplying the equipment villages need to make and sell chocolate from the beans they grow.
Chocolate has always been Tom's greatest culinary love (aside from anchovies).