Maryland Blogger: The Power of Cocoa: Kentlands Lecture Series

The Power of Cocoa: Kentlands Lecture Series

The Power of Cocoa: Kentlands Lecture Series


The next topic in the Kentlands Community Foundation Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the City of Gaithersburg, focuses on support of the cocoa industry in the Caribbean, Latin America and West Africa as a way to bring prosperity and dignity to farmers. Eric Reed, CEO and Founder of CiBEXO Group, which operates SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier in the Kentlands, will talk about the impact of developing small and medium scale manufacturing facilities in these regions.

The free event takes place at the Arts Barn in Kentlands on Tuesday, February 12, with a wine reception at 7 p.m. and the lecture at 7:30.

This is a City of Gaithersburg, Maryland announcement.



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Comment balloon 18 commentsRoy Kelley • February 08 2019 08:33PM


Just going to add a little to my morning IS powerfully good ! 

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) 6 months ago

Good morning, Roy Kelley what would we do without cocoa.... more important than one realizes for the preparation of many different types of foods....

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 6 months ago

I love  the photos. Thank you for sharing . I hope it will be well attended.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy - that sound like a very interesting theme about economic power of cocoa.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy. If I were closer, I would be an attendee. Enjoy the lecture!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) 6 months ago

Good morning Roy.  I think this will be a fascinating lecture and hope that everyone who attends will enjoy it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 6 months ago

I would definitely support this, natural cocoa is supposed to be nutitious and it tastes really good too!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 6 months ago

Roy, this would be a really interesting event, wish I lived closer!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 6 months ago

Another interesting free event in Kentlands, courtesy of Roy Kelley's blog series!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 6 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley - sounds like a wonderful addition to the Lecture Series.

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 months ago

Having worked for the Mars Corp. for years, Roy, I probably know more about cocoa than most people, but if I were in your area I'd definitely attend this event. 

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 6 months ago

Nina Hollander 

SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier is a much loved business in Kentlands.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago

Sounds like a worthwhile event for those interested in the cocoa industry Roy. Just having cursary knowledge is bound to be an asset regardless of occupation.

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 6 months ago


That is something I would definitely attend.  Just in researching chocolate, I learned so much, and this event would be a bonus.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 6 months ago

It was very cold and winds howling all day today Roy. I broke dowm and enjoyed me a good hot cocoa this afternoon after showing homes. The seller invited me back in where she warmed us up.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) 6 months ago

Hello Roy, I add cocoa to my brownie recipe for a added touch to them.  Seems to work.


Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) 6 months ago

Roy, I did not know until recently the importance of pure cocoa powder, not the usual drinking cocoa most of us are familiar.  The pure cocoa powder is an excellent source of antioxidants and also a very powerful natural appetite suppressant. It is a very healthy drink whether you are trying to lose weight or just having a mid-morning or mid=afternoon cup.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 6 months ago

Your feedback and your continued support are very much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago