Artisan Venezuelan Chocolate Tasting Workshop

Artisan Venezuelan Chocolate Tasting Workshop

Presented by Analiese Paik, Founder of the Fairfield Green Food Guide

February 14, 2014

6:15-7:30 pm

$35 per person, maximum 20 guests

Venue: Olivette, 1084 Post Road, Darien

RSVP: Reserve your seat by phone at 203.621.0643 by Feb. 10

Credit card reservations are non-refundable.

The Fairfield Green Food Guide is pleased to invite you to the first in a series of artisan chocolate tasting workshops we have planned for the year. We begin our tasting series in Venezuela, a country famous for growing old and rare cacao that’s prized by top chocolate manufacturers. The most flavorful and aromatic chocolate is made from Criollo and Trinitario varieties which represent only 5%-10% of global cacao production.

In this formal tasting workshop, you will learn to taste chocolate like a pro, using all 5 sense. More complex than wine, fine chocolate requires careful sensory analysis to detect and describe its harmonious flavors and aromas. We will teach you how to describe the flavors and aromas you detect through the use of various teaching aids.

At the end of the evening, each participant will have completed a tasting card profiling all 5 chocolates. It’s a great way to learn what you like and remember your favorites.

We are pleased to present a formal tasting of five superb dark chocolates from Venezuela made by two world-famous artisan chocolate companies. Please join us for this very special tasting during which we will share the fascinating history of chocolate and renaissance in fine cacao production.

Venezuelan Chocolate Tasting Menu

Pralus Venezuela Trinitario, 75% cacao

Pralus Chuao, 75%  cacao

Bonnat Chuao, 75% cacao

Bonnat Puerto Cabello, 75% cacao

Bonnat Hacienda El Rosario, 75%  cacao

François Pralus is a French Master Chocolatier who works only with the finest cacao beans in the world to produce exceptional chocolate. Pralus’ signature style is a dark roast which creates a unique taste profile.

Bonnat is the oldest artisan, bean to bar chocolate company in the world. They pioneered single origin and single-estate bars and are dedicated to producing chocolate with the purest expression of terroir.

Analiese Paik is a food professional with over seventeen years of experience in marketing, event planning and promotion, writing, and public speaking. She is the founder of the multi-award winning website and is a board member of Slow Food Metro North.

After earning an MBA and enjoying  a successful career in marketing, Paik attended the Institute of Culinary Education and studied wine at the International Wine Center, where she received a certificate in wine from the UK’s Wine and Spirit Education Trust. Analiese has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition for the last three years.

She has been featured as a green food advocate and expert in Fairfield Magazine, Fairfield County Life, The Connecticut Post, Stamford Advocate, Greenwich Time, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens, Westport Magazine, and extensive online media. Analiese was a regular monthly guest on News Channel 8’s Good Morning Connecticut Show for two years where she covered local and sustainable food.

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