Lake Champlain Chocolates Announces Closing of South End Kitchen
OCT 6, 2015 :: BURLINGTON, VT –Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), announced today the closing of the South End Kitchen, located at 716 Pine Street in Burlington, Vermont.
“This was a very difficult decision,” says Jim Lampman, founder and owner of Lake Champlain Chocolates. “The South End Kitchen (SEK) has been a place to savor fresh, seasonal fare, a place to connect over a shared love of food and a place for our customers to have a deeper experience with chocolate. Unfortunately, operating this complex, dynamic and risky venture took focus off of our core business making chocolate lovers across the nation absolutely crazy for our caramels, chocolate bars, truffles and more,” says Lampman. LCC sells its products directly to 2000 specialty food stores across the country.
Lake Champlain Chocolates will continue to focus on innovation and flexibility while responding to an ever changing marketplace that has shown growth ever since LCC started nearly 33 years ago. The current SEK space will become its headquarters for administration, sales, and marketing and the 750 Pine Street location will be reworked to optimize production and retail space.
“We have an exceptional group of people at SEK — I want to thank all of our staff and cooks for their hard work and wonderful food they’ve made, as well as the people who attended our classes and the community who welcomed us,” says Lampman. “Our commitment to Burlington is as strong as ever.”
December 20 will be the last day of service. Beginning October 19, lunch and dinner will be served Wednesday-Saturday, with brunch served on Saturday and Sunday. The café will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Classes and private parties will be held as scheduled through December 20. LCC plans to work closely with the staff and cooks to find new jobs at Lake Champlain Chocolates or with other local businesses.
Fans are encouraged to come and use gift certificates, share a last meal, and enjoy that class you've been meaning to take.
Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker will continue to make chocolate in the SEK space for the immediate future. Plans for the Factory store retail space and the repurposing of the SEK space will continue to evolve, including the return of the café, serving hot chocolate, coffee, and ice cream, to the 750 retail store location. The timing is still to be determined.
About Lake Champlain Chocolates
A pioneer in the American chocolate movement, Lake Champlain Chocolates is a family-owned company located in Burlington, Vermont. In 1983, Jim Lampman declared he would create upscale American chocolates that would “rival the Belgians.” More than 30 years later, the Lampman family has done just that, by introducing European flavors and tastes using local, Vermont ingredients and by taking a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience and mastery. This level of care and craft leads to chocolates that win high praise, year after year, from customers and industry experts alike. As a Fair for Life – Social and Fair Trade Certified company, LCC uses fair trade chocolate and is committed to using only non-GMO ingredients. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include their best-selling Signature chocolate bars, Five Star Bars, Chocolates of Vermont as well as caramels, gift assortments and gourmet hot chocolate and are available online, nationwide at specialty food and gift stores, such as Whole Foods Market, upscale hotels and inns, and at their four company-owned stores in Vermont.