Chocolate Experiences

Northwest Chocolate Week

Chocolate Happy Hours

Guided Chocolate Tastings

Monthly Tasting Classes

Private Events

Free Chocolate Happy Hours

Every Thursday, 5-9pm

Join us every Thursday from 5-9pm 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 evening!

Thursday, October 19

Chocolate Sweet Sixteen: Bracket 3

This week's bracket includes a bar of Patric Madagascar 67% and represents the first time we've been able to include Patric in the Chocolate Sweet Sixteen competition. Chocolate maker Alan McClure only makes chocolate once a month, and we don't know what three varieties he's making until it's time to place our order. This was the first year it worked out so we could order enough for the competition. This customer favorite goes up against Askinosie San Jose del Tambo 70% (Ecuador), Fresco 212 72% (DR) and Michel Cluizel Vila Gracinda 67% (São Tomé).

 

Northwest Chocolate Week

Seattle is fortunate to have the best chocolate festival in the US in our own backyard, the Northwest Chocolate Festival. Not only does it offer consumers the chance to taste chocolate from chocolate makers around the world, it also attracts a who's-who of the craft chocolate industry. We're hosting a number of free, Meet the Maker events at Chocolopolis in the days leading up to and following the NW Chocolate Festival, including book signings, chocolate pairings and other special events.

Below is the confirmed schedule of events. We have more in the works so stay tuned as our schedule expands.

Thursday, November 9, 7:00-9:00pm: Meet Aaron Flamini of Amedei, hear the Amedei story and taste some of their most prized chocolate bars.
Thursday, November 9, 6:00-7:30pm: Book signing by Megan Giller, author of Bean to Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution.
Thursday, November 9, 7:30pm-9:00pm (Ticketed Event $35/person): Megan Giller's new book, Bean to Bar Chocolate: America's Craft Chocolate Revolution, includes a fantastic chapter on pairing chocolate with foods and beverages such as tea, coffee, beer, cheese and bread. She brings that chapter to life with Tea Master Jason Chen of Smacha tea in a chocolate and tea pairing. Price of ticket includes a copy of Megan Giller's book. Stay tuned for details on purchasing a ticket for the event.


Friday, November 10, 7-9pm: Meet Carlos Ignacio Velasco Castrillon of Cacao Hunters, taste his chocolate and hear about his work with indigenous farming communities in Colombia.
Friday, November 10, 7-9pm: Meet Bryan Graham of Fruition Chocolate, taste his chocolate and hear about his chocolate philosophy as a pastry chef.
Friday, November 10, 7-9pm: Meet Julia Zotter of Zotter Schokoladen Manufaktur, taste her chocolate and find out more about the Wonka-esque company founded by her father.

Saturday, November 11 (Ticketed event $50/person): Celebrate the launch of R.M. Peluso's new book, Deep Tasting: Chocolate and Whiskey. R.M. will lead a pairing of local and non-local brown liquors (may include a bourbon) and sign copies of her book. Tickets are $50 and include a copy of her book. Stay tuned for details on purchasing a ticket for the event.

Thursday, November 16, 7-9pm: Book signing by Greg D'alesandre of Dandelion Chocolate. Dandelion's much-anticipated book, Making Chocolate: From Bean to Bar to S'More will be released on November 14, just a few days before this event! The team at Dandelion Chocolate has always been incredibly collaborative and supportive of other chocolate makers, sharing knowledge informally. This book codifies some of that knowledge, offering the first complete guide on how to make chocolate from the bean with information about sourcing cacao and other important topics. It also offers recipes by Dandelion's own talented pastry chef. A co-author of the book, Greg is the Chocolate Sourcerer at Dandelion (a.k.a., VP of R&D).  He's a very entertaining guy. If you get him talking, he might tell you about his time working on torpedo guidance systems in Mystic, CT.

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.

Monthly Classes


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 your choice of a cup of drinking chocolate from our menu and a Chocolopolis truffle. Classes are $30 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.

2017 Class Dates:

TBA. Contact cs@chocolopolis.com with any questions.

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.

Chocolopolis Event Pricing
Offsite Variable Fee Fixed Fee Location
8-10 people $30.00 $0.00 Conference Room
11-30 people $10.00 $300.00 Lounge
30-50 people $12.00 $300.00 Offsite
50-100 people $10.00 $500.00 Offsite
100+ people Contact us for pricing Offsite

 

ONSITE TASTINGS:
Tastings for smaller groups of 8-10 people will be held in conference rooms onsite and are priced per person. You're welcome to book an onsite tasting for fewer than eight people, but the fee will be based on our eight-person minimum. Tastings for larger groups of 11 - 30 people are held in our lounge, where guests can sit or mingle. There are seats for 13 people, and there is plenty of standing room for the rest, including a large kitchen island where guests can congregate during the tasting. This format of chocolate tasting provides ample opportunity for guests to mix and mingle before or after the event.

OFFSITE TASTINGS:
We offer offsite guided chocolate tasting classes for larger groups and company events. These have proven to be very popular with our corporate clients as morale-building events for employees, and as thank-you events for clients.The amount of time required to prepare for offsite events is significant, so we have a higher minimum price with a fixed price component.

TRANSPORTATION FEE:
If you are located more than 5 miles from our location, or if there is no access to free parking at your venue, we will apply an additional $15 transportation charge.

WINE & SPIRIT PAIRINGS:
We welcome wine and spirit pairings with our guided chocolate tastings. While brown liquors such as scotch, whiskey and bourbon pair well with chocolate, choosing the appropriate wines to pair with chocolate can be more of a challenge. 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.