About Our Chocolates
About our chocolates
We are a small artisan chocolate shop in the heart of the Midwest in Chicago. We are located in east Pilsen in the Chicago arts district. Our boutique and studio is in a converted art gallery space. We are surrounded by creativity which inspires our decadent chocolate creations.
We take great pride and care when creating our handmade exotic chocolates. We begin by using fresh premium and local ingredients that are hand selected by our Chocolatier herself. We then use a small batch cooking method to insure that our chocolates are created fresh each day. We do not use any preservatives or additives and we try to use organic fair trade ingredients whenever possible.
About our eco friendly packaging
Our boxes are made of treeless handmade paper which is created just for us and not mass produced.
Chocolatier Uzma Sharif brings you unique creations influenced by a long history of confectionery excellence and a world of exotic ingredients. Carrying on a tradition that began with her grandfather’s career as a renowned pastry chef in South Asia. Uzma has handcrafted a distinct collection of “East meets West” chocolates. She personally chooses every spice, flower and chocolate used at her shop, and she is pleased and honored to share them with you.
Uzma began her journey in the culinary arts at the Colorado Mountain Culinary Institute in Keystone. There she explored a wide variety of cooking styles and influences but it was the idea that chocolate could serve as an artistic medium that interested her most. Being an avid traveler, it only seemed natural that she refine her palette by tasting her way across the globe--from her native South Asia to Andalusia and France. What finally lured her home to Chicago was an opportunity to study under the expertise of French chefs where she not only earned her *Art de la Patisserie* but continued on as an assistant to integrate her new knowledge with her personality. It was her chance to develop her own unique style. She went on to collaborate with several Chicago area caterers--taking on the challenge of balancing high volume and the highest quality production. While serving as Head Pastry Chef at Wolfgang Puck at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary art, her surroundings inspired her to develop new tastes and visuals to adorn her chocolates.
Uzma shares her excitement for the art of chocolate at Triton College, where she has served as adjunct faculty since 2006.