The San Francisco-based company tinyB Chocolate produces “brigadeiros,” a heavenly Brazilian cousin to the chocolate truffle that has a smooth, creamy texture but no hard shell. tinyB founder Renata Stoica is a São Paolo native who’s using her old family recipes to bring the tradition to America. She infuses the brigadeiros with flavors that remind her of home, like passion fruit, pineapple, cayenne pepper and Brazilian coffee. Beautifully packaged in robin’s egg blue boxes, the chocolates make a perfect party favor and a lovely holiday gift. The boxes can be branded with a company logo or motto. And tinyB runs teambuilding chocolate-making events where participants roll their own brigadeiros, pick their toppings, and do lots of tasting along the way. Lasting between one to two hours and able to accommodate from 5 to 50 amateur chocolate-makers, the events can take place at tinyB’s locations or in an office or other site. All that’s required is a 4-foot-by6-foot table and enough room for guests.
In 2020, Houston First Corp. (HFC) reported that the city was slated to host 252 meetings and 611,000 room nights. By March 14, the Bayou City had already hosted 115 conventions and 137,400 room nights. Then the pandemic hit, and meetings and events across the country came to a screeching halt.
We asked Michael Heckman, acting president and CEO of Houston First Corp. (HFC) how the health crisis has influenced the organization’s business model moving forward.