Chocolat Celeste Pop-Up Brings Artisan Sweets to Grand and Victoria

It really is a shame that you don't know more about Chocolat Celeste. Mary Leonard is one of the most dedicated, and one of the first, local chocolatiers focused on all the stuff: single origin, free-trade, high cocoa percentages, fresh artisanal cream and butter, all of it.

See also: Chocolat Celeste: The Tour


Leonard's handiwork is like edible bling. The pan-Asian collection is a sight to behold in sunshine gold, ruby red, sunset purple, and that mint color you always wanted your kitchen to be. Inside: edible pearl, kona coffee, golden palace pineapple, cherry blossom, jasmine creme, Asian pear pecan, ginger citrus, and plum wine.

Pure edible poetry.

But her strange industrial location off of Transfer Road in St. Paul doesn't exactly inspire. So, naturally, she'll be popping-up. And what better place than Grand Avenue, that street built for perambulating, cafe lingering, wine sipping, and chocolate buying?

The Love and Chocolate pop-up begins on Tuesday, February 3 in Victoria Crossing, at 867 Grand Avenue, St. Paul. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day leading up to February 14.

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