Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society - Meet, Eat & Greet with Hobbyist Chocolate Makers
Wed, January 23, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
Tonight we gather to taste chocolate made by some of our own members who are making chocolate from the bean in micro batches at home.
We'll start the evening with a tasting of single-origin chocolates from some of the finest chocolate makers on the market to set a baseline for our palates. We'll break up into a round-robin style tasting where participants will have a chance to taste chocolate made by other PNW Chocolate Society members and learn more about each member maker and their passion for making chocolate. If makers would like, members may provide feedback, but only if requested.
We have room for up to 10 hobbyist chocolate makers to present their chocolate. Please let us know if you are planning to present your chocolate before you purchase your ticket.
What is the Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society? It's a gathering of chocolate lovers that meets once a month for both formal and informal chocolate tastings. Meetings are open to all chocolate lovers.
Roving Cheese Monger & Chocolopolis Present: Cheese & Chocolate Pairing
Fri, January 25, 2019 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST
Cheese & chocolate? These two delicacies are fantastic on their own and even better together. But don't just take our word for it, try it for yourself.
Join Alison Leber, a.k.a. the Roving Cheese Monger, and Lauren Adler, Chief Chocophile of Chocolopolis, for a cheese and chocolate pairing class. You will learn how to taste and evaluate cheese and chocolate while you enjoy favorite pairings of our experts and learn how to put together a successful pairing course for your next dinner party.
About Alison Leber
Alison, known as the Roving Cheeesemonger, is one of 29 American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional and Certified Cheese Sensory Evaluators (ACS CCP, CCSE) in the world. Alison has enjoyed working in many facets of the cheese & wine business from owning a retail wine and cheese shop, Brie & Bordeaux, in the Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle that had a 35 seat seat bistro with over 500 wines and over 200 cheeses. She brings cheese to the people with the Roving Cheese Shop at several locations around the Sound and teaches Cheese & Wine Appreciation and Making Fresh Cheeses Classes at some of the finest schools in the region including Chateau Ste Michelle, The Pantry, Whisk, Heirloom Cookshop, The Works & bin 41. She also provides staff training and consults on all things cheese for many clients on the West Coast.
About Lauren Adler
In 2008 Lauren opened Chocolopolis, a retail chocolate store dedicated to educating chocolate lovers about the finer points of bean-to-bar chocolate. Lauren and her team at Chocolopolis have built a curated collection of chocolate that is respected around the world. They work with a panel of customers to blind taste and rate the many samples of chocolate they receive before deciding which chocolate bars to add to their curated collection. Chocolopolis has become a beloved and trusted resource among customers for its knowledge of chocolate and cacao, and for the chocolate experiences and community it has created among its international customer base. A member of the Board of Directors of the Fine Chocolate Industry Association, Lauren has become an international expert on the craft chocolate market and consumers' purchasing habits.
Every Saturday, 11:00am-3:30pm and every Wednesday 1:00pm-6:00pm
Join us every Saturday and Wednesday for free chocolate happy hours. We'll pick a theme each week and provide samples around that theme. This is a great opportunity to sample the many bars in our collection and figure out what you like. It's also a really fun afternoon and a great way to meet other chocolate lovers!
January is the month where many choose to focus on their health. We're going to join in with some healthier treats from the chocolate world including 100% bars, chocolate covered almonds, seasoned cacao beans, and even cacao juice!
Saturday January 12 and Wednesday January 16: Before we get into the healthy options, let's celebrate the new year with samples of our favorite truffles! We don't often add these to happy hour, so be sure to stop by for this one.
Saturday January 26 and Wednesday January 30: Ever tried 100% chocolate before? Today is the day! We'll have a smattering of 100% bars from our collection for you try.
Our guided chocolate tastings provide an opportunity to discover the best chocolate the world has to offer. Similar to a wine tasting, a chocolate tasting provides you with the opportunity to taste and compare chocolate made with cacao from different parts of the world while learning about artisan chocolate and cacao farming and production. Sign up for one of our classes, or book a private event.
Guided Chocolate Tasting Appointment
The appointment starts with a brief tour of the store to learn about how we curate and organize our bar collection. Next, you’ll work with one of our chocolate educators to personalize your tasting, or allow us to select the bars for you. Five bars are included in the price of the tasting, and we will reserve a private conference room for your appointment. During the tasting, your chocolate educator will guide you through the tasting process, where you will learn to use all five senses to savor and evaluate your bars from a variety of cacao-growing regions.
These appointments last about 45 minutes for groups up to 6 people. They are available for booking during store hours only. Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance for a mutually agreeable time.
The fee of $150 includes 5 chocolate bars, the use of a private room, tasting sheets, and a chocolate educator to guide you through the tasting.
Self-guided Chocolate Tasting Appointment
These appointments are available with the purchase of at least $60 worth of bars. One of our chocolate educators will give you a quick tour of the store to show how we curate and organize our bar collection. We will help you pick out bars to personalize your tasting, or we can select the bars for you. We provide tasting sheets to take notes and a quick instruction on how to taste chocolate using all five senses.
These appointments include about 15 minutes of instruction from one of our educators and as much time as you need to complete your tasting. They are conducted in-store for up to 6 people and are available for booking during store hours only. Appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance for a mutually agreeable time.
There is no service charge for these appointments, but the price of the bars purchased must be at least $60. We include tasting sheets and instruction from a chocolate educator to prepare you to do the tasting on your own.
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
Class participants taste 5 single-origin chocolate bars made by the finest small batch chocolate makers and compare them with a childhood favorite. Class ends with a sweet inclusion chocolate and a confection. Classes are $20 per person and last 1 hour. Class participants receive a 10% discount on all purchases made the day of class. Give us a call at 206-282-0776 to sign up for a class.
2018 Class Dates: Look for new classes to be scheduled in the new year.
2019 Class Dates:
Book a Chocolate Tasting Experience
A Chocolopolis Chocolate Tasting is an experience to be shared with colleagues, friends and family in a fun, hands-on environment. Anyone who loves chocolate or appreciates fine wines, coffees, spirits or other craft foods will enjoy a chocolate tasting experience.
Our private chocolate tasting events are a great way to boost team morale or to thank clients. They are also a fantastic way to gather family and friends for milestone occasions such as birthdays and bridal showers, and they are popular as university alumni gatherings.
Chocolate tastings give you and your guests the opportunity to taste and compare chocolate made with cacao from different parts of the world while learning about craft chocolate and cacao farming and production. Appropriate for all ages and occasions, your guests will try a range of chocolate made by small, artisan chocolate makers who specialize in the craft of turning fine, flavor cacao beans into silky, smooth and scrumptious chocolate.
During a one-hour guided tasting you will learn to use all five senses to enjoy and discover the flavor profiles of chocolate from 5 different cacao-growing regions, and to compare them with a childhood favorite. We will explore the rise of the artisan bean-to-bar and craft chocolate movements, and how cacao varietal, fermentation and production techniques influence the quality of chocolate. Our tasting ends with fun, sweet treats.
Class participants receive a 10% discount on purchases made during onsite events, and participants in offsite events receive a coupon for a 10% discount on their next purchase.
Tastings for groups of 10-30 people will be held in one of our community lounges at our store location at the Interbay WorkLofts. You're welcome to book an onsite tasting for fewer than ten people, but the fee will be based on our ten-person minimum.
We offer offsite guided chocolate tasting classes for larger groups and company events. These have proven to be very popular as morale-building events for employees, and as thank-you events for clients. We have done offsite tastings for groups ranging from 10 people to 1,000 people. Offsite events require more preparation, time and travel on our part, so fees for Offsite events begin at $550 and are good for any number of people up to 30 people. Additional fees apply for more than 30 people (please see table, below, for specific pricing). If you would like to host a chocolate tasting for more than 50 people, please contact us to discuss format and pricing. You can reach us at (206) 282-0776 or email@example.com. Please note that there are additional Transportation Fees for venues that are more than 5 miles from our store. If you are located more than 5 miles from our location there will be an additional transportation fee based on distance. If there is no access to free parking at the venue there will be an additional $15 charge to help cover our parking costs.
|Group Size||Onsite Prices|
|Up to 10 people||$300|
|Up to 30 people||$550|
Contact us for pricing
If you are located more than 5 miles from our location there will be an additional transportation fee based on distance to the event venue. If there is no access to free parking there will be an additional $15 charge to help cover our parking costs.
WINE & SPIRIT PAIRINGS:
We welcome wine and spirit pairings with our guided chocolate tastings. Please contact us for information about scheduling a wine/spirit and chocolate pairing. Pairing events must comply with all regulations of the Washington State Liquor Control Board. Event planner must present a valid Banquet License two weeks in advance of the event.
We’re also happy to work with you to create customized tasting events tailored to meet your particular needs. Customers have booked chocolate tastings for employee morale events, dinner parties, professional receptions, bridal showers, bachelor parties, birthday parties, and other celebrations. We can also design a chocolate tasting that complements a particular theme or interest.
For example, tastings could spotlight:
Chocolate containing cacao from certain countries or regions (e.g. Mexico, Africa, Southeast Asia)
Chocolate makers from particular countries (e.g. France, Italy)
Chocolate makers focused on fair trade and sustainability
Chocolate with particular flavor profiles (e.g. fruity, earthy, floral)
All dark, milk or white chocolate
All kosher chocolate
The possibilities are endless!
Please call 206-282-0776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a tasting or to discuss specifics of the event you would like to hold.