Known for innovative sweets, chocolatier Joan Coukos honed her craft of handmade, small batch chocolate making during a 2000 trip to Brussels. Unique flavor combinations include Moderne Sea Salt, made with dark chocolate from Valrhona and Halen Môn Organic sea salt, and Greek Revival, made with kalamata, soft caramel, sea salt, and olive oil. Treats can be ordered in bars, gift baskets, or boxed assorments. Chocolate Moderne is primarily an online-only business right now, but appointments can be made at Coukos’ West 20th Street “chocolate laboratory.”
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.