Single Origin Chocolate Tasting Workshop

Analiese Paik of the Fairfield Green Food Guide presents a

Single Origin Chocolate Tasting Workshop

At Olivette, 1084 Post Road, Darien

Monday, February 23, 2015 (rescheduled from Feb. 9)

6:00-8:00 pm

$25 per person

RSVP online

This unique educational and tasting experience begins with a welcome glass of sparkling wine to enjoy during a brief photo presentation about the history of chocolate, an overview of the chocolate making process, and critical role of small, bean-to-bar chocolate makers in creating a sustainable market for rare varieties of cacao known to produce the finest chocolate.

Next, we’ll explore the science of taste with fun exercises, and savor each fine, dark chocolate during a guided tasting using an aroma wheel and aroma bar. You will learn to taste and evaluate chocolate like the pros do, and record your sensory analysis on our specially designed worksheet.

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Fine Chocolate Tasting Menu:

Cacao Sampaka Xoconusco – 70% cacao criollo from Chiapas, Mexico

Potomac Upala -70% cacao from Upala, Costa Rica

Silver, 2011 Academy of Chocolate Awards, 2011 Good Food Awards Finalist

Pralus Chuao -75% cacao from Chuao, Venezuela

Ritual Marañón – 75% Pure cacao Nacional from Marañón River Valley, Cajamarca, Peru

Organic, Fair Trade Nirvana – 72% Trinitario cacao from the Dominican Republic

Chocolate bars are available for purchase from Olivette following the tasting.

Our Mission: To educate consumers through chocolate tastings and help them gain an appreciation of and derive maximum enjoyment from fine chocolate made from rare “flavor” beans grown all over the world. We support the work of the fine chocolate industry which sources the rarest, most coveted and difficult to grow heirloom cacao from small family farms, both of which are in danger of disappearing. We also support the work of Slow Food, and believe everyone should slow down, consciously taste and talk about our food, and savor its unique and complex flavors.

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 fairfieldgreenfoodguide.com, a 2015 Morris Media Group Green Awards Honorable Mention honoree and 2012 Slow Food Snail of Approval awardee. A self-proclaimed chocophile and foodie, Paik holds regular chocolate tastings and has served as a judge for the Connecticut Specialty Food Association’s Product Awards Competition for the last four years.

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. 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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