Celebrating 15 Years in the Hudson Valley
Meet Oliver Kita and his Artisan Chocolates
TOP TEN CHOCOLATIER - named by Dessert Professional Magazine.
Creating delicious confections with fair trade and chocolate that is organic. “I believe it’s important for the patrons of my shop in Hudson Valley and anyone who purchases chocolate to align their spending choices with universal and personal values,” he says.
Having a passion for cooking and baking with the perfumes and flavors of chocolate, flowers, herbs, citrus, exotic fruits, berries, nuts, and spices over the last 20 years, Chef Oliver Kita turned his time and focus to studying and training with the top master chocolatiers on two continents. The result is the Oliver Kita line of artisan fine chocolates. Only the most local and fair trade sources are complemented by traditional French methods and the finest ingredients are used. Heavy satin cream, award-winning sweet butter, the finest fruits, low sugar, and carefully selected and roasted nuts are all in an artfully hand-crafted design by Kita.
Oliver Kita Artisan Chocolate is located at 18 West Market Street, in Rhinebeck, offering a collection of delectable chocolates and confections (845-876-2665). Oliver Kita is the past owner of Heaven in Woodstock, and was the proprietor of Oliver Kita Fine Catering starting 1996.
L’ Ècole Lenôtre – Paris, France – Advanced Chocolatier Instruction -‐ 2005 L’ École Valrona – Tain l’Hermitage, France – Chocolatier Training-‐ 2005 Academy du Chocolat – Montreal, Canada – Chocolatier Training-‐ 2004 Beringer Vineyard School of Culinary Arts, Napa Valley, CA – Scholarship Award & Certificate -‐1990 • Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY – Associate Degree in Baking and Pastry Arts -‐ 1986 Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI – B.S. Biology, B.S. Health Care Admin -‐ 1984 2007 -‐ Voted “Best Chocolatier” in the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Magazine.
2017 – Awarded a GOLD MEDAL by International Chocolate Awards – The America’s.
2016 -‐ Named “Top 10 Chocolatier” in the United States by Dessert Professional Magazine.
2011 -‐ Voted “Best Chocolatier” in the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Magazine.
2007 -‐ Voted “Best Chocolatier” in the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Magazine.