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Episode 11 - Sam Ratto of Videri Chocolate Factory, The Valentine's Day Show!

In this episode, it's our Valentine's Day & Chocolate Show! We speak with Co-CEO & Chocolate Maker of Videri Chocolate Factory, Sam Ratto. We chat with Sam about the art of chocolate making, good coffee, fair trade, Snoop Dogg & the LBC, living in California and why he moved to North Carolina. Also, Videri Chocolate Factory turns 5 years old this weekend! Max gives us his picks for great Valentine's Day restaurants and everyone tells their best V-Day story (Matt has a one-upper moment).

House Voice: Brian Hoyle @bigredpilot

Featured Guest: Sam Ratto

Food and beverage establishments mentioned:

Sam's suggested beverage pairings:

  • Try Pink Peppercorn Videri chocolate with a dry red wine- if you can try it with a Gevrey Chambertin red burgundy

  • Pair the chocolate with a coffee from it's country of origin, ex: Guatemalan chocolate with Guatemalan coffee

Also mentioned in the show:

Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate- Sam likes them

Fair Trade

If you want to see Sam roast beans go to Videri on Monday mornings

Bean to Bar Chocolate

Max's Valentines Day Recommendations:



  • Gocciolina- where Max is taking his better half for Valentines day