January & February 2019 Chocolate Tastings in Chester County, PA

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Photo by Becca Mathias Photography

“I should really attend one of your tastings someday.”

That’s the sentence I hear the most when I’m out and about in Kennett Square. If that’s something you’ve said to me, rejoice! You’ll have one opportunity to do just that this Sunday and three more in February. I really hope you consider attending any or all of these events, they’re fun and DELICIOUS! Just ask my previous guests.

 “I enjoyed your lecture so much – no one wanted to leave! I finally understand the essence of chocolate and how to develop taste, using a new vocabulary.”

– Lynn

As 2019 unfolds, I’ll be partnering with an increasing number of private institutions, which means a lot of my future events won’t be open to the public. So make this winter sweeter by gathering a few friends and attending one of these tastings.

Sunday, January 27, 12-3 PM — Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival

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What? A baking festival where guests can sample entries from amateurs, students, and professionals alike. After having served as a judge for two years (note to self: don’t ever finish that cake slice,) I’m now part of the festival with a chocolate education table. Guests will sample cocoa beans, learn how chocolate is made, and enter a giveaway for a chance to win a fine chocolate bar.

Where? At the Kennett High School. Here’s the address:

Kennett High School
100 E South Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

This event is for you if… your idea of heaven is a chocolate dessert buffet.

How do I sign up? Online tickets are sold out but you can grab a ticket at the door. Find out more at KennettChocolate.org.

Good to know: The festival is a fundraiser for the United Way of Southern Chester County, which you can support by entering a recipe.

Saturday, February 9, 2-4 — Wine & Chocolate Pairing at Harvest Ridge Winery, Toughkenamon, PA

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Photo by Charisse Kenion on Unsplash

What? A two-hour tasting where you’ll sample a selection of dry and sweet wines with award-winning chocolate curated across the US (dark milk chocolate with fleur de sel, anyone?) You’ll learn chocolate-tasting basics, nibble on cocoa beans, and discover the secret behind successful pairings (spoiler: it involves a lot of tasting) Tickets are $30/person and include four wine and chocolate pairings and a surprise chocolate for “dessert.”

Where? At Harvest Ridge Winery’s Pennsylvania Tasting Room. Here’s the address:

Harvest Ridge Winery Tasting Room
1140 Newark Road
Toughkenamon, PA 19374

The event is for you if: your BFF is in town and you’d like to treat her to a memorable afternoon.

How do I sign up? Tickets are $30/person and must be purchased online.

Friday, February 15, 6-7:30 PM — Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery

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Photo by Becca Mathias Photography

What? A guided tasting of three very fine wine with three very fine chocolate bars. Galer Estate makes beautiful American wines using European techniques. The result speaks for itself: their Cabernet Franc won a Double Gold award at the San Francisco Chronicle competition last year. The winemaker, Virginia Mitchell, is blazing a trail on the East Coast wine scene, so much that Edible Philly magazine wrote an article about her. She has a way to make tastings fun and that’s one of the many reasons why I love working with her.

Where? At Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery, right behind Longwood Gardens. Here’s the address:

Galer Estate Vineyard & Winery
700 Folly Hill Road
Kennett Square, PA 19348

The event is for you if: 

How do I sign up? Tickets are $35/person. You can reserve your spot by phone at (484) 899-8013 or by email at info@galerestate.com.

Saturday, February 16, 10-11 AM — Chocolate Tasting Workshop at the Kennett Library in Kennett Square, PA

What? A one-hour workshop packed with information AND chocolate! First, we’ll learn how chocolate is made and how to interpret the information on a chocolate wrapper to identify a quality bar. Next, we’ll sample three variations on Guatemalan cacao shipped from a beloved maker in Indiana. Considering these bars are impossible to get in the Philadelphia area, that space to the event is limited, and that the workshop is FREE, you’ll want to sign up NOW!

Where? At the Kennett Library. Here’s the address:

Kennett Library
216 East State Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348

How do I sign up? Registration is required on this Google Form.

Good to know: I love, love, LOVE my Kennett Library tastings! This is now the 6th time that Alex, program manager extraordinaire, opens the library doors to serve the local community. I’m so grateful for the support.

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