The only professional level chocolate tastings in Vancouver!

Located in Gastown

 

L'Atelier Vancouver Coworking

319 West Hastings Street

Gastown

Vancouver, BC, Canada

 

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Want to know what the professionals know? Insider information revealed. Fact and research based, interactive, & delicious! Become a chocolate connoisseur.


The Core Workshops

These workshops are opened to the public, from the curious to the enthusiast. Take one or take them all! Combined, these 3 workshops encompass all relevant topics surrounding fine chocolate today. They go beyond exposure tastings, which only skim the surface, and offer you many unique chocolate and cacao products that reinforce the research-based information you will learn.

The untold stories, truths, and myths of chocolate

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Workshop

Eat your way through over 5000 years of chocolate history! We will journey through the path chocolate took from its conception to what it is today. You will actually get to taste chocolate as it evolved, from ancient mesoamerican drinks to today's finest dark chocolate bars. Learn about the evolution of chocolate, the major players involved, and what this means to you today as a chocolate consumer.

The menu

An array of cacao and chocolate drinks, as well as dark chocolates of varying types. The chocolates are dark, and the drinks are water based. No products in this workshop will contain dairy, nuts, or gluten.*

*Since I don't manufacture some of the fine chocolate bars being sampled, I can't guarantee they were not produced in a dairy, nut, or gluten free kitchen.

How to prepare

All you need to bring is yourself and an appetite!


Who is this workshop for?

Anyone who loves chocolate and history. Understanding our food within the context of its history will not only give you a renewed appreciation for chocolate, but also help you make smarter choices today, as well as inspire you in the kitchen!

From pod to bar, taste the process of chocolate making

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Workshop

Taste how chocolate is made! Think you know where chocolate comes from? Think again. This workshop journeys through the process of chocolate while following how the flavour develops. We will learn, and taste, the impact genetics, the growers, and the makers have on our favourite food.

Why is this important to you? As informed consumer, you will be able to choose wisely, and become a more satisfied chocolate eater.

We will also cover ingredients, interpreting labels, pricing, trade relationships, and how you as an individual can impact the future of our chocolate!

This workshop is one of a kind, and will open your eyes to what really goes on behind each chocolate bar.

The menu

Various types of cacao beans and chocolate products, raw chocolate & cacao, dark chocolate at various stages and states, all while focusing on local craft bean to bar chocolate makers. Support Local! All samples are plant based and gluten free.

How to prepare

All you need to bring is yourself and an appetite!

Who is this workshop for?

Understanding the process is crucial to being able to discern quality chocolate. This workshop is open to the public, from the novice, to the lover, and as well as the professional who uses chocolate in the kitchen. We all need to be better informed.

An exciting & intense professional guided chocolate tasting

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Workshop

Yes, even you can be a sophisticated taster! Geoseph will guide you through analyzing, tasting, and judging fine bean to bar dark chocolate in a way that is approachable and practical. This professional level tasting will cover neurogastronomy and offer tools for tasting that will last you a lifetime.

This tasting goes beyond the scope of any other chocolate tasting you may have attended, helping you to become confident chocolate connoisseurs. We will also learn about the hardworking makers and growers behind each delicious sample. Learn to enjoy chocolate based on what you know, not according to what you are told. An informed palate is a satisfied palate!

The menu

Dark bean to bar chocolate from various makers and origins. We will focus on award winning local makers, as well as international makers to compare. The chocolate will not contain dairy, nuts, or gluten.

How to prepare

Since we will be predominately using our nose and tongue, please keep the following in mind.

Try and refrain from:

- Strong odours (scents & perfumes, smoking, and poor hygiene)

- Strong flavoured foods (garlic, coffee, smoking etc.)

- A heavy meal 2 hours beforehand. Come hungry!


Who is this workshop for?

For those who want to master the flavour of chocolate, and understand how to judge fine chocolate at the professional level. This workshop will enlighten the novice, as well as better equip you seasoned chocolate tasters with more tools and a deeper understanding of neurogastronomy.


The Hedonic Workshops

These workshops are open to the public, with a focus on relaxation and pleasure.  A lighter take on the "fundamental workshops" above. All workshops include fine bean to bar chocolate tastings.

Fine Bean To Bar Chocolate Paired with Beautiful Music. May your imagination ignite!

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Capacity: 8 pple          Cost: $55          Duration: 1.75 hours

The Workshop

Fine chocolate is like music, full of an array of notes that harmonize into a satisfying flavour. Each workshop will be unique, pairing chocolates with music, while revolving around a specific theme. We will eat and analyze the chocolates while listening to the music they are paired with, followed by a discussion and sharing of our results.

The menu

The menu will include dark chocolates only, unless stated (some themes may revolve around milk chocolate etc.)

How to prepare

All you need to bring is yourself and an appetite!


Who is this workshop for?

Everyone. Whether you love chocolate, music, or just want to relax and try something new, this workshop is sure to satisfy. It's not as information heavy as the other workshops, but more of a learn as you relax and satisfy your senses.

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