Kristy Yosick has returned to the world of chocolate.
The master chocolatier, who recently opened cocoa917 in Lewis Center, selects ingredients from single-source plantations in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Ghana and Ecuador. She calls it a "global chocolate experience."
Her truffles, bon bons, buckeyes and chocolate-covered fruit are made in small batches and contain no preservatives or artificial ingredients.
"It's just a level of experience, a level of quality, you just can't match," she said.
Yosick is now leasing a space in the kitchen of Sugardaddy's Sumptuous Sweeties, 1329 Cameron Ave.
Her new enterprise is order only. Merchandise can be ordered online or by calling and can be picked up at any of the Sugardaddy's locations or shipped or delivered by Yosick.
The former owner of Yosick's Artisan Chocolates in German Village closed the business in December 2010 because of health problems.
She followed that up with a kitchen in Hilliard, but didn't like the location, so she closed it, too.
Her new store gets its name from the latitude position of her supplier in Costa Rica, where she gets most of her chocolate.
Yosick said she plans to incorporate vanilla and cinnamon from that country in her offerings.
These days, Yosick's pulled back on the number of offerings -- no more certified kosher products or baked goods -- so she can rededicate herself to her one true inspiration.
"I want to just remain solely focused on chocolate and develop a product line around chocolate," said Yosick, who trained at Ecole Chocolat in Vancouver, B.C.
Her chocolates are rich, satisfying and designed to be savored, she said.
For example, for her coffee bon bons, she soaks the beans in organic heavy cream overnight. Then she brings the liquid to a boil and uses the cream to make the ganache.
"It's absolutely an experience," she said. "This is going to stay with you a while. You don't just watch TV and pop these things in your mouth."
Her chocolates are $2.50 each. She hopes to expand the product line to include bottled chocolate and caramel sauces, and a hot cocoa mix.
For more information, visit cocoa917.com or call 614-450-2626.
Add Bar 145 to the bustling pub scene in the Grandview Heights area.
Jeremy Fitzgerald, who owns the growing Toledo-based company, recently signed a lease at 955 W. Fifth Ave.
An August opening is planned for the 5,400-square-foot gastropub, which will seat 150.
Burgers are the specialty at Bar 145, which currently has stores in Toledo and Kent. The pub takes its name from the "perfect temperature" of a medium-rare burger, Fitzgerald said. The place gets all of its hormone- and antibiotic-free beef from Meyer Natural Angus.
Bar 145 allows patrons to build their own burgers by offering different styles of buns and toppings, such as in-house cured bacon, guacamole and roasted red peppers.
Most burgers are $10.
There are a number of other upscale dishes, including tempura green beans, a charcuterie plate featuring four sausages made on-premises, and house-cut fries tossed in rosemary, truffle oil and parmesan.
One the beverage front, the place offers 28 different styles of bourbon and 50 craft beers, including a dozen on tap.