The world of cacao is rich with mystique and its hold on us mirrors a deep and timeless love affair. Yet, what lies behind this complex pleasure, and how does it come to us? Join us for a multi-media presentation and a chocolate tasting to explore and enjoy its wonders.
In this engaging, interactive, hands-on session, you'll learn how chocolate is made from tree to bar, what factors contribute to its flavor, and the key environmental and socioeconomic issues involved in farming and sourcing. We’ll also take you through a guided tasting of an incredible line up of chocolates to help you experience and savor the potential of chocolate to its fullest. Chocolates include: Chocolove, Taza, Theo, Tcho and Equal Exchange.
This event will stimulate all of your senses, and indulge your curiosity and palate. Participants will receive a tasting guide and samples to take home.
Presented by Melissa Schweisguth:
Melissa has been engaged in the chocolate industry in various roles for over 10 years, ever deepening her love for cacao and its producers. She has visited farms and processors in Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Nicaragua and Viet Nam, and volunteered on a farm in Granada. She is especially passionate about advancing efforts that improve producer community livelihoods and economies, and helping others experience the wonders of chocolate more deeply.