A new Carbondale chocolate company makes an appearance at a pop-up Wednesday. Local Mark Burrows started Pollinator Chocolate just six months ago.
Burrows finds it amazing how varied chocolate can be.
"Like wine -- you’re never get the same vintage year after year. The same thing with chocolate -- it depends on the soil its grown in, how its treated, how much sun it gets," he said.
He’s so passionate about chocolate that he started making his own. The pop-up at Roaring Fork Beer Company’s tasting room Batch in Carbondale Wednesday will have samples of his wares, made with cocoa beans from almost a dozen different countries.
Eventually, he hopes to hold tasting seminars and chocolate-making classes.
The pop-up is part of a series featuring local artists at Batch this winter. Aly Sanguily, Batch's marketing manager, says it’s part of an effort to support makers in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Sanguily majored in art in college. While she doesn’t have time to make art herself these days, with pop-ups like the one Wednesday, she says can support other makers like Burrows by offering them retail space.
"They have the opportunity to sort of use Batch as their store for the evening," she said.
Sanguily invites three locals who work in different crafts to participate in each pop-up. In addition to Pollinator Chocolate, Wednesday’s event features Honeytree Botanicals, which makes solar-infused honey, and works from visual artist Brian Colley.
Batch's pop-ups will continue through the holiday season.