Would you like to learn about the many varieties of cocoa beans and chocolate, how the Aztec and Maya discovered chocolate, and how to make your own chocolate bars from the bean? You can learn all of these in a few hours this weekend with chocolate entrepreneur Zeke Mandel and ethnobotanist Nat Bletter, who has studied and made chocolate for over 5 years and has just sold out of over 300 hand made bars in the last few months. The kinds of chocolate bars whether milk or dark, raw or roasted, single origin or blended, and fruity or nutty is increasing exponentially, so we will learn how to look at the ingredients and sort out the tasty healthy ones from the rest.
In the class everyone will participate in making delicious chocolate bars from scratch after a short talk on the history of chocolate with some tastings, and you'll go home with recipes and a bar of chocolate.
Location: Astor Place, location given with registration
Registration: $35, please PayPal to nbletter -aht- yahoo -doht- com to register, only 20 spots available so register quickly! Please include your phone number for last minute updates
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Dr. Nat Bletter has ten years of experience in botany, documenting exotic fruits and vegetables, gathering food in the wild, studying herbal, and traditional medicines, all done while exploring Central and South America, Asia, and Africa. He has cofounded an artisanal chocolate company, Pure Origin. Their chocolate will feature traditional, high-antioxidant, ingredients. During August, he will co-lead a culinary and medicinal plant and music tour of Bali, where, since 1994, he has spent many months exploring local foods, traditional medicines, landscape, and music. For more information, visit the tour site.
If you want to see a preview of my teaching, please check this interview, video, and blog out:
Foraging in the Lower East Side.
Check our chocolate blog.
and I was interviewed on KCRW's Good food radio show about chocolate making, 44 minutes into the show, if you want to learn more about the process.