I didn’t realize there was a name for the dietary practice I have enjoyed for years–a Chocolaterian. Luckily, there’s also a place, the Chocolaterian Cafe, a small French-style cafe and patisserie located in the historic Schenk-Huegel building at 2004 Atwood Avenue.
Leanne Cordisco, creator of Christine’s Toffee and Caramels, along with her friend Kimberly Vrubley, founded the Chocolaterian. Cordisco is a life-long foodie, spent years traveling, and fell in love French culture and chocolate confections. Both she and Vrubley boast degrees in engineering. Their science backgrounds help them easily perfect their chocolate-making prowess and offer fine confections for sale. Step up to the display window and choose from the flourless chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate tart, Ugly cookies, or the Parisian hot chocolate, a thick liquid that satisfies even the strongest chocolate craving. Not into sweets? Soups, sandwiches and delicious quiche are offered daily as well. Wash it all down with a special coffee blend from Madison’s own Just Coffee.
One a recent stop into the Chocolaterian at the end of a B-cycle Brunch tour, I sampled the lemon strawberry cake, light layers of white cake filled with a lemon curd, strawberry puree and a divine frosting. Where’s the chocolate, you ask? That was already in my stomach.