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The Essence and Sustainability of Chocolate

Date: Sunday, November 17, 2013
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Location: St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave, St Paul, Minnesota, 55105
Coeur de Catherine Building – President's Dining Room

Cost: $25 Slow Food members, $30 Non-member friends


Enter St. Catherine University at Gate #3 – From Randolph Avenue, east of Prior Avenue. 
Drive to the first stop sign – Visitor Parking is on your left.

After parking, walk back toward the stop sign. Walk under the overpass into the center of campus (The overpass connects the Music Building and O'Shaughnessy Auditorium).

The next building on your left is Fontbonne Hall.  Continue walking on the sidewalk; the Chapel will be directly in front of you. The next building on your left (after Fontbonne) includes the Student center and Coeur de Catherine, which is connected to the Chapel. Enter the Coeur de Catherine building (you will be entering on the 2nd floor).  The President's Dining Room is on 3rd floor, in the northeast corner of the building.

About the event: 

If you are curious about "the food of gods," join Slow Food to explore the origins of one of the most popular and complex creations on this planet.

In this workshop, led by Anna Bonavita, you will learn about different cacao beans and compare their taste qualities. Then you'll have the chance to crush cacao beans using traditional Mayan tools (metate). You'll help make cacao mass (chocolate liqueur) from cacao beans, and notice how taste evolves through this process. Finally, you'll observe the effects of sugar and different spices on the flavor profile.

Our group will also discuss the nature, history, and geography of chocolate and the ABCs of chocolate tasting. We'll sample from a connoisseur's list of extraordinary, award-winning chocolates grown in Madagascar, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Anna Bonavita is a scientist with a passion for chocolate, quality and environment. She is also the founder and Director of Development of the Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Her latest creation is Chocolate BonaVita, an organization which researches, educates and provides access to the best chocolate on this planet, to celebrate the pleasures of the palate and give back to the rainforest. Anna will be joined by associates Ella Chanba and Elena Nebrasov.

A portion of this event's proceeds will be donated to:
• Rainforest Rescue Program
• Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity


$25 for members of Slow Food; $30 for non-members and guests of members.

To reserve by mail, send a check — and the following information: names of attendees, e-mail address, mailing address — to Sharon Wildfang, 10100 Johnson Ave., Bloomington MN 55437.

Questions? Send a note to Mary through the contact form >>

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