Susana Garcia and Isabel Garcia, Co-founders of Cacao Art Chocolates
Why they’re Food 50: These sisters transform chocolate into edible art that is getting deserved international recognition.
Former architect Susana Garcia studied cooking in Paris, first at Le Cordon Bleu then under top French chocolatier chef Thierry Atlan. She opened a chocolate shop in her native Caracas in 2009 with the help of her sister, Isabel Garcia, who was working as a journalist at the time. A move to Miami in 2010 prompted Susana Garcia to reopen here as Cacao Art Chocolates, and her sister joined the operation full-time in 2012.
They temper single-origin cacao from fair-trade beans grown in Venezuela into glossy chocolate, forming it into small cylinders, pyramids, clusters and half-rounds. Their Tupelo honey-and-cardamom bonbon is a revelation, so is their Panther Coffee-infused dark chocolate — both winners of the prestigious Good Food Award presented annually in San Francisco. The Garcia sisters sell their chocolates online and by appointment from their Miami-Dade chocolate workshop. Can’t wait? Same-day courier service is available in Miami.
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Where to find them: Cacao Art Kitchen, 7165 SW 47th St., Miami, 786-397-2301; also available online and at Atelier Monnier in Pinecrest and Brickell, The Golden Hog Market in Key Biscayne and Rococoa Cafe in Aventura