Chocolate Experiences

Special Events

Attend a Chocolate Happy Hour

Sign Up For a Chocolate Tasting Class

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Special Events

Book Signing & Chocolate Tasting with Dr. Kristy Leissle

Friday, October 5

Purchase Tickets

Join us for an interesting and tasty evening of chocolate and learning with Dr. Kristy Leissle, author of the new book, "Cocoa". Dr. Leissle will speak on the topic of the politics of cocoa in Africa, followed by a tasting of chocolate from the new bean to bar chocolate makers in Ghana. While Ghana has been one of the top two producers of cacao for more than a century, its chocolate industry is just getting started. This is a rare opportunity to taste chocolate that is currently only made and sold in Ghana. Ticket price includes a copy of the book, "Cocoa". Dr. Leissle will be available to sign books at the end of the event.

 

Meet the Makers!

Areté Chocolate, Christopher Elbow & Fruition Chocolate
Open House
Thursday, November 8
7:00 - 9:00pm

FREE EVENT

Join us for a free event at Chocolopolis in advance of the NW Chocolate Festival. We're excited to have three chocolate makers visiting this evening in an open-house format Meet the Maker event. Areté Chocolate, Christopher Elbow and Fruition Chocolate will be here to provide samples and answer your questions. Christopher will have samples of his new bean-to-bar line. Stop by any time between 7pm & 9pm to meet these talented makers and taste their chocolate!

 

Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society

The Facts on Fermentation with Dr. Nat Bletter

Friday, November 9

6:30 - 8:30pm

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Join  us for an informative evening with an expert. Dr.  Nat Bletter, co-founder of Madre Chocolate in Hawaii, has a PhD in Ethnobotany and has researched many topics regarding tropical plants and their native uses. He brings a scientific and historial perspective to the topic of fermentation, including some of the challenges of fermenting cacao in Hawaii, which is on the northern cusp of the equatorial zone. He'll do a chocolate tasting of chocolate made with different fermentation approaches as well as Madre Chocolate. There are a limited number of tickets available.

 

 

Free Chocolate Happy Hours

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!

Saturday September 8 and Wednesday September 12:  I don't remember which bar it was, but it was purple.....   We will be tasting: Marou Dak Lak 70% Dark ChocolateTaza Bolivia 87% Dark ChocolateAskinosie Mababu, Tanzania 72% Dark Chocolate, and Francois Pralus Ghana 75% Dark Chocolate.

Saturday September 15 and Wednesday September 19:  Customer Spotligh: Kris has picked her favorite bars for all of us to try! We will be tasting: Areté Beniano, Bolivia 70% Dark ChocolateOriginal Beans Piura Porcelana 75% Dark ChocolateRitual Maranon, Peru 75% Dark Chocolate, and Ritual Camino Verde 75% Dark Chocolate.

Saturday September 22 and Wednesday September 26:  Customer Spotlight: Liz picked out her favorite bars of the moment. We will be tasting: Francois Pralus Melissa 45% Milk ChocolateEscazu Venezuela 60% Goat's Milk ChocolateAskinosie Mababu, Tanzania 72% Dark ChocolateMichel Cluizel Mokaya 66% Dark Chocolate, and Fruition Toasted White Chocolate

Saturday September 29 and Wednesday October 3:  Customer Spotlight: Dave:  Dave picked out his favorite bars of the moment. We will be tasting: Patric Madagascar 75% Dark ChocolateFresco Polochic Valley, Guatemala Light Roast 70% Dark ChocolateFresco Polochic Valley, Guatemala Medium Roast 70% Dark ChocolateFresco Polochic Valley, Guatemala Dark Roast 70% Dark Chocolate, and Original Beans Piura Porcelana 75% Dark Chocolate

October: Sweet 16 Taste Offs begin at every Happy Hour! Come vote and help us decide the winner for 2018. 

 

Guided Chocolate Tastings

 

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.

Chocolate Tasting Classes

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:

 

Private Events

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.

ONSITE TASTINGS:
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.

OFFSITE TASTINGS:
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 cs@chocolopolis.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.

 

Event Pricing

Group Size Onsite Prices
Up to 10 people $300
11-30 people $450
   
  Offsite Prices
Up to 30 people $550
31-50 people $750
50+ people

Contact us for pricing

 

TRANSPORTATION FEE:
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.


CUSTOM TASTINGS
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 lauren@chocolopolis.com to book a tasting or to discuss specifics of the event you would like to hold.