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Sriracha Shortage Pushes Fans to Get Creative—and Stingy

The Wall Street Journal — August 4, 2023

Lieu, the owner of Socola Chocolatier in San Francisco, recently sweet-talked her way, with chocolates, into getting three bottles from a neighboring Vietnamese sandwich shop. She also called her dad in Houston, who was able to procure eight smaller bottles. Sriracha is the most revered Vietnamese condiment, she said, and while she tried sauces that weren’t Huy Fong’s, nothing else compared. 


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San Francisco's Socola Chocolatier infuses heritage into sweet treats

ABC7 Localish — May 26, 2023

Award-winning chocolatier, Wendy Lieu is the owner of Vietnamese chocolate shop, Socola Chocolatier - a San Francisco sweet spot for chocolate artistry.

"I've had this love for chocolate for over 22 years. I actually started making truffles when I was just 19 years old in Santa Rosa in Sonoma County," recalled Lieu. "How I got started is our parents had a nail salon, and so I walked by a chocolate shop every day and ate a sample. And so that began my love affair with chocolate."


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Read about the Socola Sisters and their Delectable Journey...

February 10, 2021
"Bay Area Sisters bring their Vietnamese Heritagto their Chocolate Venture"
The Press Democrat

November 16,2020
"Holiday Gift Guide 2020: The Best Dark Chocolate Truffles"

October 1, 2020 
"How one chocolatier pivoted during pandemic by putting own spin on mooncakes"
NBC News

May 5, 2019
"How Socola built a successful chocolate company in modern San Francisco"
The San Francisco Chronicle

March 5, 2017
SF Chocolate Salon Chocolatier Interview
Bay Sunday, KPIX Channel 5 (video)

April 4, 2016
"Valentine's Day Gifts from San Francisco"

June 4, 2014
"The Coffee Heatmap: 15 New Spots for a Killer Cup"
SF Eater

March 26, 2014
"A Chocolatier's Dream: Durian Truffles and No Wi-Fi"

Wendy on Bay Area People, KTVU Channel 2

February 24, 2014
"10 Most Exciting Bay Area Coffee Drinks to Sip Now"

February 16, 2014
"Socola Chocolatier + Barista is Now Open in Soma"
Success & Chocolate

February 14, 2014
"Sriracha truffles and Four Barrel Coffee at Socola Chocolates"
SF Weekly

February 12, 2014
"The 12 Best Chocolate Shops for Valentine's Day"
Eater SF

February 6, 2014
"Socola Chocolatier Dreams Big with Brick and Mortar Shop"
KQED Bay Area Bites

March 7, 2012
"Asia's Gift to Chocolates: Sriracha Sauce"
Huffington Post

February 25, 2012
Radio Interview - Chocolate Salon
Dining Around with Gene Burns - News Talk 910

February 9, 2012
"Sweets for your beer loving Valentine"
Hop Press

January 31, 2012
"The Path to Success: Artisanal Chocolatier - Entrepreneurs Find Their Calling"
Untapped SF

December 7, 2011
"Top 7 S.F. Bay Area Chocolates to Send Home and Make People Jealous Happy"
SF Weekly

October 1, 2011
"Shop Talk: Socola Chocolatier"
Dessert Professional Magazine

August 29, 2011
"Chocolate Laced with Sriracha Hits you in the Throat"
SF Weekly

August 29, 2011
"Sriracha Flying Rooster Truffles Are Sweet and Spicy"

August 10, 2011
"For the Love of Chocolate: Socola Chocolatier's New Telenovela Series"
KQED Bay Area Bites

May 1, 2011
"99 Amazing Food and Beer Experiences"
Draft Magazine

April 17, 2011
"Shock and Awe at the 2011 SF Chocolate Salon"
Chocolate by the Bay

April 12, 2011
SF Chocolate Salon
Bunrab Daily Feed

February 10, 2011
"Meet Socola Chocolatier: Socially Conscious, Unbelievably Delicious Truffles"
Refinery 29, Trend Hunter, pop gloss

December 10, 2010
"Local Mission Eatery Gets a Chocolate Lab"

December 1, 2010
"Holiday Gift Guide"
7x7 Magazine and SFWeekly

October 20th, 2010
"Chocolate à la Vietnamese"
Harvard Magazine

June 24th, 2010
"APA Food Entrepreneurs"
KPFA 94.1 Apex Express

June 19th, 2010
"Co gai goc Viet vuon len tu noi dau mat mat"
Voice of America - Vietnamese Edition

May 24th, 2010
"Hometown Heroes: Driven to a life of service, 'purpose'"
Oakland Tribune

March 2nd, 2010
"We Predict Even More Gluttony at This Year's Chocolate Salon"

January 27th, 2010
"Neighborhood Revitalization Through Retail"
East Bay Express

December 9th, 2009
"Foodie Holiday Wish List: Top 10 From the Bay Area"
KQED's Bay Area Bites

November 30th, 2009
"Socola Sisters and the Chocolate Factory"
Asian Week

November 29th, 2009
"Tasty, tasteful holiday gift ideas"
San Francisco Chronicle

June 19th, 2009
"Best of the East Bay"
Diablo Magazine

June 6th, 2009
"What's Hot in California"
London Financial Times

April 17th, 2009
"Pillow Talk"
Daily Candy San Francisco

March 26th, 2009
"Sisterly Sweets"
James Beard Award-Winning Writer "Food Gal"

March 22nd, 2009
"Hai co gai va thuong hieu Sôcôla"
Vietnam's National Thanh Nien Newspaper

March 19th, 2009
"Salon celebrates the fine art of chocolate"
San Francisco Examiner

February 27th, 2009
"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates"
ninefourfour magazine

February 13th, 2009
Oakland Tribune

February 4th, 2009
"Socola Chocolatier: Be My Valentine"
KQED's Bay Area Bites

February 14th, 2008
Oakland Tribune

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