About us

Bon Courage Gourmet was founded in 2013 to bring the ultimate French chocolate truffle to America. Four brands and many chocolates later, the company has grown to include some of Europe’s most famous chocolatiers and confections. Fine chocolates, creative packaging, and a wide range of options are hallmarks of Bon Courage Gourmet, a small company with big ideas about how to cater to chocolate shoppers who are looking for something special. 

Hailing from one of the country’s best-known specialty food stores, founders Michael Barefoot and Tim Manale have over five decades of combined experience in the specialty food industry. Their discerning palates, award-winning history, and an impressive reputation for making customers happy have earned them credibility as two foodies who know a good thing when they taste it.

Michael and Tim are proud to have been inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame in recognition of their innovative accomplishments in the world of gourmet foods and for contributions to the specialty food industry. When asked about their recognitions and awards, Michael and Tim will tell you candidly that they feel very honored, but what pleases them most is the praise they receive from satisfied customers. Here’s what some have to say:

 

"The industry has welcomed Bon Courage as an innovative source of upscale brands; Michael and Tim bring only the best to market with great skill, unmatched energy, and a refreshing style."
— John Roberts, Past President, Specialty Food Association 

“At Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine, we make VERY special baskets, and a lot of them. We’re so pleased to have these beautiful chocolates available to us this year to make our baskets even more special.”
— Evelyn Ignatow, Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine, Cincinnati, OH

"The best chocolate ever. It has everything: rich flavor, perfect sweet/dark balance, and a super sensuous mouth-feel."
— Joyce Fowler, Durham, NC

“There is so much good chocolate in Manhattan. I’m a regular at Zabar’s where I’ve discovered several new favorites lately. What a surprise to see that they all come from Bon Courage Gourmet. Thank you!” 
— Adam Taylor, New York City

"I discovered Transatlantic Chocolates at my local Fresh Market, but then we moved away. I'm so happy to be able to order online, just in time for holiday gifts."
—Drew Green, Lake Tahoe

“In my job, I need extremely reliable corporate gifts. Everybody loves fine chocolate, and the selections from Bon Courage Gourmet are as beautiful as they are delicious. They always make a great impression.” 
—Janet Tauer, Chicago

I love introducing my friends to Nautilus. It’s hard to believe that most Millennials never experienced Belgian seashells. They’re so good, so beautiful, so affordable.
—Vaughn Cody, Portland, OR

“Thank you for rescuing me. Not kidding. I was over a barrel when our intended gifts for honored guests from Japan hit a snag. Your selection of gift chocolates had what we needed. Don’t know how you got our logo and the date of the meeting on the boxes of truffles so quickly, just glad you did. What a great idea.”
—Ellen S., Reston, VA

"I live in Belgium but visit the States and have many American friends. They always want fine Belgian chocolates, but it's difficult from here. Everybody is getting the ‘Brussels Gift Tote’ in December—wonderful choices! Bon Courage makes it easy and affordable with free shipping too."
—Henry Delbaere, Antwerp

"Truffle baskets are perfect for the office, the best and most widely talked about gift. The story behind the basket itself always intrigues, and really puts it in a class by itself."
Hermi Woodward, Pittsburgh, PA

"At a wedding I attended recently, the bride and groom gave guests a gift of your French truffles in a charming little basket complete with a customized label to commemorate the event. What a thoughtful and delicious favor. Now I'm hooked!"
—Susan Love, Monkton, MD

Best dessert event ever! I ordered ‘Chocolate Party’ and picked up some Champagne. It was effortless and my friends thought that I was a chocolate connoisseur."
— Cooper, St. Paul

"ABC Liquor had small boxes of Bonbons Aurelie truffles. Wow! But I wanted a bigger box for gifts. So glad to find two choices online, the holiday box for December, the beautiful gold package for now."
— Michael Klein, Ft Lauderdale

"Since I located Guyaux online, my European friends love getting gifts from me. This year it will be chocolate Eiffel Towers for everyone."
— Caroline Yvernault, Boston

"Our Wine and Chocolate for Good fundraiser was a success thanks, in part, to your wonderful chocolate truffles. We paired them with a fruity dessert wine recommended by our event planner—together they were a big hit. Thank you for sending additional information. Our patrons appreciated learning about truffles and their wicker storage baskets."
—Jill Madsen, Durham, NC