RHINEBECK, N.Y. – Romance and decadent handmade chocolates: Two things you’ll find in abundance in Oliver Kita’s precious Rhinebeck shop.
And now you can get also get goodies for your health-conscious honey by going vegan for Valentine’s Day.
Kita, himself a vegan, says he was inspired by customers who told him they felt healthier and more energetic after abstaining from animal products.
“As a chocolatier, this trend of eating vegan has opened new doors for me; as a chef, I have the chance to explore how to work with my recipes to address this movement in our society, all the while continuing to celebrate the joy that chocolate can bring when crafted thoughtfully and with passion,” Kita said.
His Vegan Valentine’s Collection is wheat free, dairy free and organic.
Offering the same yumminess as the rest of his chocolate creations, they range from the Loveletter (with St. Germin liquor from Paris, made with handpicked wild elderflower blossoms) and the Pistache Carre (pistachio and almond marzipan) to the Violet Halo (Ube-purple yam used in southeast Asian ice creams) and the Tibetan Tiger (orange caramel with a hint of chai and chili spices.)
The Loveletter collection incorporates classical poetry and fair trade, organic chocolate with messages by authors E.E. Cummings and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Kita said Valentine’s Day as “a holiday meant for the expression of love is classic and enduring.”
He is committed, he said, to “providing customers with sexy, classy, romantic chocolate gifts which will wow and delight.”
Oliver Kita is at 18 W. Market St., (845) 876-2665, www.oliverkita.com/