The only professional level chocolate Tasting Workshops in Vancouver!

 

Upcoming Workshops

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+ What Our Tasters Said!

" Well-researched and well-presented, and it was lovely ot have it punctuated by the tasting of chocolate through the ages as well! "


" This class was great! I never knew something like this even existed. "


" The geographical history of the cacao plant is interesting. Furthermore, I am in awe to learn about the science and art of chocolate making. I will not hesitate to recommend the workshop to family and friends. Thank you for a delightful two hours "


" I enjoyed how information heavy the class was, and how well you taught us how to taste! "


" Who knew there's an art of tasting and enjoying dark chocolate?! "

 

The Core Workshops

These three workshops together encompass all relevant topics to helping you become an expert on eating chocolate! Take them all, or the one that interests you most. Open to the public, from the curious to the foodie.

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Each of the Core Workshops will also Include a demo on bean to bar making. Each Attendee will take home a sample of freshly made bean to bar chocolate!

The History

The Origin of Chocolate Species

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

The Workshop

We will teleport ourselves ten thousand years before present, and learn all about where chocolate originated and those who shaped it to become the food we love today. We will travel over millennia and centuries as we taste the various forms chocolate took, and return to the 21st Century to learn about what fine chocolate is today.

This workshop will offer you a brief yet concise overview of the history of chocolate. There will be at least 20 samples of chocolate and cacao related products to taste as we enjoy stories and historical facts of how chocolate came to be.

It will also include a short demo on bean to bar chocolate making, with fresh chocolate sample for each atendee to take home!

We will learn how it shaped the lives of those before us, and what we can do today to pave a path of quality flavour, craftsmanship, and sustainable relationships.


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. If you have questions, please ask before attending.

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!

The Process

The Art & Science 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 making while following how the flavour this glorious food develops along the way. Enjoy at least 20 samples of cacao and chocolate related products, including some of the finest bean to bar chocolate made today.

This unpacks the 3 major areas of flavour development: the genetics, the growers, and the chocolate makers. We will sample various cacao and chocolate from various makers (local and international), various origins, varieties of cacao, and the many types of chocolate available today.

It will also include a short demo on bean to bar chocolate making, with fresh chocolate sample for each atendee to take home!

We will also cover what you need to know when purchasing chocolate for eating or baking, including understanding 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

At least 20 samples of 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. One or two samples may contain nuts, for which you may opt out.

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.

The Neurogastronomy

The Connoisseur: Chocolate Flavour Lab

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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!

It will also include a short demo on bean to bar chocolate making, with fresh chocolate sample for each atendee to take home!

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 a lighter take on the "core workshops" above, and focus on pleasure as opposed to information.

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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