About the Team
Philadelphia Chocolate Tours is brought to you by a team of Tourguides, Managers and more, all called Choc Stars! Interested in joining us? Please see our Help Wanted page!
Valerie Beck, President, Founder, and Chief Executive Chocolate Lover
Favorite Chocolate: "Yes! We are living during a chocolate renaissance!"
Valerie has been a chocolate maniac her whole life, refusing to drink milk in kindergarten if it wasn't chocolate milk. She graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, with her chocolate fascination a constant presence in her life. For example, whenever she traveled, the first thing she would do was seek out the best chocolate shops and bakeries, whether she was visiting Paris, Venice, New York, or anywhere else. Living in Europe for 5 years, she traveled in her free time to the great chocolate cities and towns. She started bringing friends with her on these "chocolate tours," and when she returned to the States she realized that we have such wonderful chocolate shops and cafes right here that there should be a tour to spotlight them and to connect chocolate lovers with the best chocolate items. There was no chocolate tour, so she started one, and now operates tours in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago. Click for Valerie's speakers one-sheet or full bio.
Dana Blechman, Tourguide
Favorite Chocolate: Coffee-infused dark chocolate
Dana joined the team in March 2012 and loves being a tour guide because she enjoys meeting new people, sharing in their celebrations, and acquainting them with the city especially if they are visiting from out of town. She first discovered her passion for chocolate while working as a promoter for a chocolate café and while working in a confectionery at Disney World where she learned to make many different chocolate treats. In addition, Dana recently graduated from Jean Madeline Aveda Institute's cosmetology program. When she is not leading tours, Dana is an assistant at a salon in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia and enjoys improv theater, singing and playing guitar at open mics, and creative makeup artistry.
Jaylene Clark, Senior Tourguide
Tasha Milkman, Tourguide
Favorite Chocolate: Dark Chocolate and Chocolate Ice Cream
Tasha joined the Philadelphia Chocolate Tours team in February 2013. She absolutely loves chocolate, and she is excited to meet all of the new people in her tour groups and share her chocolate knowledge with them! She can't think of anything better than helping people create new and unique memories. Tasha is an actress and can be found on stage around the city, and she is also a teaching artist with Philadelphia Young Playwrights!
Lisa Steiner, Photo Coordinator
Favorite chocolate - Anything peanut butter or mint!
Katie Adams, Talent Coordinator
Favortie Chocolate: White or Dark Chocolate Truffles
With part of her family hailing from Hershey, PA, Katie says her chocolate love runs deep! Katie joined the team in November 2011, adn she loves working with our team of Choc Stars in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago. She is also an actress in the city of Chicago.
Jean Rebovich, Tour Manager
Favorite Chocolate: Dark chocolate and raspberry chocolate mousse
Jean loves chocolate! She says she believes she's a great people person and loves sharing information, especially food information, with others. She loves being able to share chocolate with others, and says chocolate can make almost anyone’s day better. Jean joined the team in October 2010.