About Roxanne Browning

Life’s many paths are never without a twist. I had all intentions as a child to save the world - from what, I didn’t know. Earned a BFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York City that led to a career in the ad world on Madison Avenue, far from the ideology of joining the Peace Corp. I woke up in 1990, in my small town of Northport, NY were I wanted to bring positive changes to my community. As a two-term elected official allowed me to serve the people, which was both rewarding and a humbling experience.

As the Mayor, concerned about our local environment and infrastructure, laws and polices were enacted that have stood the test of time. After two high energy careers, I retired the gavel in search of a sweeter life. That brought me back to the question I had as a child, “How can I help others?”

As an entrepreneur, I merged two passions - chocolate and wine. Ultimately, a trip to the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest, where I harvested cacao and witnessed first hand how the noble cacao pod transforms into a chocolate bar. By empowering cacao farmers to lift themselves out of poverty, they reinvest back into their land, communities, feed and educate their children.

Founded in 2010, Exotic Chocolate Tasting, Inc. is a Certified New York State Women-owned business. This original idea of terroir-driven chocolate paired with wine, showcases my knowledge and experience with guests while they enjoy their two favorite pleasures. Uniquely entertaining and enlightening, you can host your event at a restaurant, wine bar, conference room or your family room. Ideal for public, private soirees, professional functions, and fundraisers. A list of distinctive settings can be sent on request. Honors - Judge at the International Chocolate Awards 2013, 2014 and 2015 in New York City

Mission

My “Green” mission and higher purpose is to bring awareness of the indigenous people that create sustainable chocolate from bean-to-bar, how cacao harvesting helps the rainforest, the health benefits, and to demonstrate how to mindfully savor every morsel for your well-being.

Successful events for the New York business community:

Amazon
American Bar Association
Ameriprise Financial
BDO
Broadridge
Bachem-Swiss Chemical & Biotechnology Co
Citibank
Celebrity Cruises
DJJ Technologies
Dewitt Stern
Eisner Amper LLP
Epstein, Becker, Green Law
Fidelity National Title Group
Grant Thornton
Gotham Networking
Life Planning Group
Liquidnet Holdings
Morgan Stanley
Merrill Lynch
Mitlin Financial
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Myriad Supply
Morton's Steakhouse
The Paramount Theater
Towers Watson - Business Management
Marcum, LLP
Nixon Peabody, LLP
National Retailers Federation
NST Technology
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Associates - HR
Pepperidge Farm - Headquarters, Norwalk, CT
Priority Pension Services
Q6 Advisors
Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
Glen Cove Mansion
Chef Tom Schaudel – Restauranteur
Nicosia Winery – Sicily, Italy
Southern, Empire & Montcalm Wine Importers
Ellevate Network
Flagstar Bank
Sawgrass TPCPGA – Florida
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
Strategies for Wealth
Strategic Communications Group, Inc.
UBS Financial
WebMD
Waterloo Hotel Management Ltd.
Not-for-Profits:
Northwell Health
Katz Institute on Women's Health
Breast Cancer Society
The Ellen Hermanson Foundation - Ellen's Run
American Heart Association
Tufts University Alumni Women's group
Washington University of St. Louis
Binghamton University Alumni
University of Denver Alumni
Financial Service Professionals - LI
Lustgarten Foundation
Island Harvest
Old Westbury Gardens
Little Baby Face
Financial Women's Association
Financial Executives International - NYC & LI
National Arts Club
NYU Alumni- Women's Initiative group
Women in Insurance & Financial Services (WIFS)