February 2018 Chocolate Tastings

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At the Kennet Library last November. Photo credit: Myriem N.

February is the best month for us chocolate-lovers. Seriously, between Valentine’s Day and the cold weather, we have every excuse to order chocolate online, sip a cup of hot cocoa under a blanket, and gather around a chocolate tasting. And considering I have four chocolate events scheduled next month, February promises to be a ton of fun for Chester County chocolate-lovers.

In addition to hosting my first wine and chocolate pairing event at Galer Estate Winery, I’ll be back to the Kennett Library for a free workshop, volunteer at the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival, and host the chocolate tasting of my dreams at Grace Winery. Phew! There’s a tasting for every budget and I look forward to meeting you at one of these events.

 

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2-3 PM – FREE Chocolate Tasting Workshop at the Kennett Library

Kennett February Tasting

The response on my last workshop in November was so positive (read: it was totally booked) that I’m returning to the Kennett Library for the fourth time. During the FREE, one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how chocolate is made, where it’s coming from, and hold a FRESH (that will be a first) cacao pod. Oh and yes, there will be chocolate samples for you to taste. Because there are currently no plans for a spring workshop, you should save you spot now.

Kennett Library
216 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

February 11, 2018, 12-1 PM – 2018 Kennett Chocolate Festival

Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

A chocolate festival to support a good cause? Count me in. The Kennett Chocolate Festival is a fundraiser for the United Way of Southern Chester County and, after two years as a judge, I’m thrilled to welcome connoisseur ticket holders at a chocolate education station. Between noon and 1 PM, chocolate lovers will get to see, smell, and taste roasted cacao beans as well as… wait for it… FRESH cacao pods! I’ll have them shipped just for the event and I’ll be slicing them for the guests. Oh and did I mention I’ll be raffling two chocolate bars?

Connoisseurs tickets are available for $25 or $45 for two and include free parking. You can purchase them online on United Way’s website.

Kennett Chocolate Festival @ Kennett High School
100 E South Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

Friday, February 16, 2018, 6-8 PM – Grace Winery, Glen Mills

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The beautiful Inn at Grace Winery in Glen Mills, PA

Grace Winery offers the most idyllic setting for a gathering  – Exhibit A: the venue’s completely booked for the 2018 wedding season – and I am honored to guide a very special chocolate tasting for the winery’s guests.

I spent all of December to prepare for the event: I got new bowls for cacao beansProjet Chocolat’s elegant placemats to guide the tasting, and glassine envelopes so the guests can take chocolate home. Heck, I even bought new shoes! This will be an elegant, intimate tasting – the one I wish existed when I started my chocolate journey.

During this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how chocolate is made and where it’s coming from, you’ll peel cacao beans and sample bars from my absolute favorite chocolate-makers. You’ll leave the event with a deeper appreciation of this food and a list of my favorite chocolate purveyors in the Philadelphia area so you can continue your chocolate journey.

Tickets are $50 and include your first glass of wine. Tickets are available through EventBrite. This one’s going to be special. I really hope to see you there.

Grace Winery
50 Sweetwater Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 2-4 PM – Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Galer Estate Winery, Kennett Square

Please join award-winning winemaker Virginia Mitchell and myself for a chocolate and wine pairing at Galer Estate Winery. During this two-hour tasting, you’ll sample four wine and chocolate pairings and learn the tricks to create your own successful combinations. All featured wines – one a double Gold award-winning – are made by Galer Estate Winery and will be available for purchase. The handpicked selection of chocolate includes four award-winning bars from American chocolate-makers. The tasting will end with my favorite confection from Eclat Chocolate.

Tickets are $60 each and include four pairings plus one chocolate confection. The event will likely sell out so grab your seat now!

Galer Estate Winery
700 Folly Hill Rd
Kennett Square, PA 19348

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