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Chocolate's Delicious History

In-Person Program with Tasting

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Monday, February 12, 2024 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1D0039
S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)
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Indulge your senses and embark on a scrumptious journey through the captivating history of chocolate. Led by noted food historian Francine Segan, this lively and entertaining evening unravels the intriguing story of chocolate and traces the origins of this beloved treat from the New World to Europe, exploring its remarkable transformation from a grainy, bitter brew to the irresistible delicacy we all adore today.

Learn about the pivotal roles played by figures such as Christopher Columbus and the legendary Casanova in shaping the destiny of chocolate. Discover how Napoleon's indirect influence led to the invention of Italy's best-selling chocolate flavor.

Delve into the romantic allure of chocolate and explore its centuries-long reputation as an aphrodisiac and how chocolate was savored by the elite in 17th-century Europe. And gain insights into the intricate chocolate-making process, from the harvesting of cocoa beans to the creation of the chocolate bars we cherish today.

Following Segan’s program, treat your taste buds to a sampling of fine imported chocolates by Venchi, Italy's renowned artisan makers, and take home chocolate-infused recipes, both sweet and savory, to try.

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