Beato Chocolates Featured in Edible Ojai & Ventura County

Beato Chocolates and the Legacy of Beatrice Wood

By Jennifer Richardson

Edible Ojai and Ventura

Beato Chocolates, a 2-year-old fair-trade certified chocolatier in Ojai, takes its name from Beatrice Wood’s nickname, the moniker she used to sign her work. Wood, who lived in Ojai for 50 years until her death at age 105 in 1998, is the town’s matriarch of the arts, famous for her luster-glaze pottery. Earlier in life she met Marcel Duchamp and became active in the New York Dada group— an art movement founded in response to the First World War—defending Duchamp’s iconic urinal installation in an essay in The Blind Man, a short-lived Dadaist journal.

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Architectural Digest features the Beato Chocolates at the Porch Gallery

Architectural Digest

“One of the only spots in Ojai for serious contemporary art, Porch Gallery showcases the work of local talents such as abstract painter Ruth Pastine and remix artist Cassandra C. Jones as well as international names like Brazilian photographer Mona Kuhn and Japanese calligrapher Souun Takeda. In May, co-owners Lisa Casoni and Heather Stobo purchased the gallery’s building—the historic Montgomery House, built in 1874—and are planning a careful renovation and restoration overseen by Ojai architect Amy Shock…”

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