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Kakao has had a great media week, specifically with Sauce Magazine, the foodie magazine of St. Louis.

(When I first moved to St. Louis from Chicago four years ago I was enamoured with Sauce. Chicago professes to be a town of great food but has nothing to compare with Sauce. This was one reason I knew the move to St. Louis would be a good one.)

The day we moved Kakao to our new digs at 2301 S. Jefferson, Catherine Neville, editor-in-chief, gave us a call, and a couple days later she was in our shop with a tape recorder, soon after that she was back with a video crew, and not long after that another photographer stopped by. Maybe it was just the chocolate…

(No need to flatter them now that everything has run, but I’ll say anyway that she’s a sweetheart, and her video producer, videographer and photographer were really great.)

And yes, everything did run. First, the June issue of Sauce (on newstands now!) featured Kakao in the Chef Talk column. (There’s a short and probably irrelevant discussion to be had about me being a “chef’ — I don’t consider myself one.)

On Monday, KMOV ran its Sauce on the Street segment, filmed in Kakao’s new shop. You can find that video here.

The next day (these things all happen at once, you know), Kakao was featured on Great Day St. Louis on a live segment.  The taped version, which contains the news clip above, is here.

Yes, live. Nothing like standing there, watching the cameras whirl around the studio, and the hosts and producers and other guests all completely at ease with the chaos around them.

A great start to a fun week, and then it was immediately back to the chocolate. We’ve got the Maplewood Market today (Wednesday) afternoon, and then the Kakao shop will be open Friday from noon to 6:30 and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. And the Tower Grove Market is Saturday morning. Plus we’re providing truffles for a company picnic at the Botanic Garden today, and we have three private chocolate-tasting parties between now and Sunday night. Whew!

Oh, and I didn’t get a chance to mention the special day yesterday — June 2, 2008 was my last day at Fleishman-Hillard, so yesterday was my one year anniversary. In honor of that, this Friday during our regular business hours (noon to 6:30) we’re going to give a free piece of chocolate to every current or former F-Her who stops by the shop. See you then!