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Get Festive with Agora

December 07, 2019

Thursday, December 7 from 4:00pm - 8:00pm 
Free Carriage Rides, Caroling, Santa, Laser Tag, Photo Booth, Retailer Discounts & Prizes, CocoVaa Chocolatier Pop-Up Boutique, Food , and More...

June 09, 2017

CocoVaa supports the Goodman Center because they support the kids of CocoVaa! Join CocoVaa for the fourth annual beer and chocolate tasting benefit, which will feature a funky band, great Wisconsin breweries and local chocolatiers in addition to a photo booth by Beyond the Booth, and donate-to-play carnival games. Money raised from this event helped strengthen the programs and services at the Goodman Community Center. Eating good chocolate, drinking good beer and listening to good music never did so much good! 

Women & Leadership: Breaking Barriers in Law, Science & Business

March 20, 2017

How do women break barriers in business?  What are the unique obstacles they encounter?  How do they forge opportunities?  Join us for the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy's colloquium series on women in leadership, where we highlight chief executive officers, executive directors, and business leaders changing the way we think about women and entrepreneurship.  This spring we will feature a discussion with Syovata Edari, an award-winning chocolatier, businesswoman, and lawyer who has taken the world of chocolate by storm.

Syovata Edari (Vata) is a businesswoman, chocolatier and, and lawyer.  She has been recognized as a leading voice and advocate in the U.S. criminal justice system, both in the public and private sectors. Ms. Edari graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Law in 2001. After an appellate court clerkship, she began practicing in the State Public Defender Office in Milwaukee, WI, in 2003. Her career in public interest law included serving as an Assistant Federal Defender in the federal District of Kansas and the Eastern District of Washington.  In 2013, Ms. Edari was inspired to establish her own firm to handle high profile state and federal criminal cases. Her work has been praised for breaking new ground in sentencing advocacy, the use of technology in the courtroom, including sentencing videos.  Often her cases involve complex litigation, identifying and developing novel legal arguments, as well as defending against unusual prosecutions of rarely invoked statutes such as the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act. 

Ms. Edari is also the founder of CocoVaa Chocolatier, a boutique, artisanal chocolate company. Her company is known for unique flavor combinations that reflect Ms. Edari's own diverse background and experiences, including her travel in Kenya, Jamaica, France, Italy, and other nations throughout the world.  Although she’s been a chocolate “hobbyist” since she can remember, in 2014 she decided to pursue formal training through Ecole Chocolat where she developed a strong foundation in classic chocolate technique. In part to relieve the stress of trial practice, Ms. Edari continued to pursue knowledge in the world of the chocolate arts. Her fascination with chocolate took her to L’Hermitage, France in April 2016 where she was trained at Valrhona, further expanding her scope into the versatile world of chocolate. On her return from France, she founded CocoVaa Chocolatier and launched a small “microfactory” in a shared commercial kitchen in Madison, Wisconsin. She has been featured in numerous magazines and media outlets for her chocolates. In April 2017 she will travel to Italy to work with Italian master chocolatiers in their chocolate laboratory on the shores of Lake Como. 

March 20, 2017
MPAA Executive Commons
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Light lunch will be served

Co-Sponsored by the UCI Paul Merage School of Business

Celebrate Valentine's Day, or any special day, with Port wine and chocolate. Port and chocolate make a classic pairing. Each type of Port has a slightly different flavor profile. Rich, seductive, and intense, discover why, first hand, chocolate is Port's most natural pair as you taste a variety of Port styles paired with a customized collection of CocoVaa's unique truffles, caramels and mousse. Learn the basic principles of pairing and how to create a grand finale at your next special event with Port and Chocolate.

What: Port and Chocolate Tasting
When: Friday,  February 10th, 2017
Time: 7:00-9:30PM
Where: Vom Fass State Street, 127 State Street, Madison, WI 
Cost: $30/person includes a selection of truffles paired with various Ports, small bites, and an open wine bar. 

Space is limited so reserve your spot early!

CocoVaa Chocolatier will also have unique Valentine's Day edition creations available for purchase.

The posh and hip setting of The Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the perfect backdrop for CocoVaa's Milwaukee Pop-Up Boutique. This is your chance to experience our chocolates first hand, learn about us and the chocolate we use. It's also a great opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift. Come let us take your taste buds on a sensory journey as you shop while you taste. 

Last day of the 2016 CocoVaa holiday chocolate season. This is your chance to experience our chocolates, learn about us and the chocolate we use. It's also a great opportunity to find the perfect holiday gift. Come let us take your taste buds on a sensory journey as you shop while you taste. As the chocolatier, I would love to personally meet you and tell you all about my journey and my passion for chocolate.

September 29, 2016

CocoVaa supports One City Early Learning. Our company understands the enormous returns when we invest in early childhood education. So we made a customized chocolate box for One City Early Learning to celebrate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! One City opened on September 8, 2015 with 8 children. They are now serving 33 children in a new location, and they are growing! One third of your chocolate purchase goes to One City Learning Center. Come to the open house to get your baby badger chocolates on September 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. Support your baby badgers by eating fine chocolate!



One City Early Learning Centers

2012 Fisher Street, Madison WI 53713

Phone: 608.268.8004

CocoVaa is proud to feature a unique sampling of chocolates at the Monona East Side Business Alliance’s 3rd annual Craft Beer, Cheese and Chocolate Pairing - a celebration of Wisconsin’s finest offerings—craft beer, artisan cheeses and hand-crafted Wisconsin chocolates. Attendees will taste their way around the room by visiting 12 pairing stations featuring a craft brew, an artisan cheese and a handmade chocolate. Tickets must be purchased through the Monona East Side Business Alliance.

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