Pronto– Elevate Gourmet Brands’ community-driven grab ‘n go marketplace at SFO– is proud to welcome newest featured purveyor Oodaalolly to SFO. Based in the innovative San Francisco Bay Area, Oodaalolly is a rapidly growing AAPI-owned confections brand that makes award-winning chocolate exclusively using Philippine-sourced cacao.
Oodaalolly founder Hernan Lauber was born in a rural region of the Western Visayas and then raised in Switzerland and the US, where he learned the finer points of Swiss chocolate making from his father, a classically trained pastry chef, baker, and chocolatier. In 2017 after a decade of living in Zurich and Sydney, Hernan noticed that the craft chocolate using Philippine cacao didn’t have the smooth, creamy, and subtle textures of the Swiss chocolate he prized since youth. So, he combined his two cultures to form Oodaalolly—sourcing cacao from the Philippines to make chocolate the Swiss way. Oodaalolly focuses on direct trade with co-op farmers specializing in rare cacao varietals. Those beans are combined with time honored family recipes and Swiss techniques to make chocolate customers buy again and again. In 2019, fellow NEU alumnae, 3D-designer, and long-time friend, Jeremy Burnich, found himself bit by the chocolate bug after helping out at a well-regarded Filipino Night Market in SOMA, San Francisco. Now a graduate of Ecole Chocolate and an accelerated apprenticeship with Albert Lauber, he rapidly learned and continues to appreciate all things chocolate.
Oodaalolly was introduced to Elevate Gourmet Brands’ through Regional Manager, Angelita Velasco, who discovered the brand at Undiscovered SF Creative Market, celebrating Filipino-American Heritage Month in October of last year. Angelita was blown away by their daring chocolate flavor combinations, and connected immediately with their brand mission.
“From the moment I stepped up to Oodaalolly’s booth to meet Hernan, I was deeply inspired by his passion for the art of chocolate-making, and his desire to bring light to an understated product from the Philippines. From the richness of flavors, to the intricate patterns on the chocolate bars, and the stories behind the artistic packaging, Hernan and Jeremy are forging a bold new path in chocolate. As a Filipino, Oodaalolly strongly evokes what we Filipinos like to call ‘Pinoy Pride.’ I immediately knew their products and story would resonate with SFO travelers, and that they would be a great fit for Pronto, and we’re thrilled to showcase them at our SFO T-3 store!”
May marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Pronto is celebrating at its SFO Terminal 3 store with purveyor Oodaalolly, and other featured purveyors Burma Love and Epicurean.
Pronto partners with purveyors from the San Francisco Bay Area’s many distinct neighborhoods to offer a curated menu of specialty local provisions, and is proud to offer Oodaalolly’s artisan chocolates to SFO travelers, employees and flight crews at it’s Terminal 3 store; the first of three Pronto locations Elevate Gourmet Brands will open at SFO. Another Terminal 3 location is planned to open in late summer 2023, and a third location is planned for Terminal 1 in 2024.
To learn more about Oodaalolly please visit their website https://www.oodaalolly.com/oodaalolly
To learn more about Pronto, visit https://www.prontoprovisions.com/