Adventure Uncorked: Ecuador Chocolate Expedition
February 27 6:30pm at Elsom Cellars in Sodo
Not only does Ecuador have an ancient cacao tradition that dates back centuries, but it is home to a vibrant, modern craft chocolate scene that offers excellent cacao and chocolate to taste and enjoy.
Join us on February 27 for a fun and educational event with Chief Chocophile Lauren Adler of Chocolopolis for a presentation about our upcoming Ecuador Chocolate Expedition led by Lauren. Lauren’s presentation will focus on Ecuador’s historical role in chocolate and cacao followed by a short chocolate tasting and information about our May 2020 itinerary to Ecuador. For anyone signing up for this trip at the event, there will be a $150 discount!
To learn more about the Ecuador Chocolate Expedition, be sure to attend this event. This is a great adventure for chocolate lovers who want to immerse in the history and farming of cacao while also experiencing Ecuador’s unique history.
Cost for this event is $15 and includes one glass of wine, chocolate tasting and an educational session about the making of fine chocolate in Ecuador and travel session!
May 15 - 24, 2020
Chief Chocophile Lauren Adler leads a chocolaty tour of Ecuador.
We've joined forces with Global Family Travels for a culturally immersive chocolate experience in Ecuador, a fascinating country with stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures. We will learn about cacao growing and chocolate making from passionate farmers who are committed to preserving Ecuador’s renowned nacional cacao varietal using sustainable agricultural practices while we enjoy some of Ecuador's cultural landmarks. Learn more.
Every Saturday, 11:00am-3:30pm and every Wednesday 1:00pm-6:00pm, FREE
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!
March 4 & 7
- Arete Ben Tre 73%
- Marou Dak Lak 70%
- Dandelion Ben Tre 70%
- White Label Tien Giang 72%
March 11 & 14
Maker: Francois Pralus
- Pralus Madagascar 100%
- Pralus Sao Tome 75%
- Pralus Equateur 75%
- Pralus Melissa 45%
March 18 & 21
Inclusion: Fruit bars
- Soma Green Tangerine
- Valrhona Manjari Orange
- Amedei Red
- Chocolate Maker's Studio Berry Berry
Tuesday, March 3, 7-9pm
Join fellow chocolate lovers for an evening of chocolate tasting and learning at the monthly gathering of the Pacific Northwest Chocolate Society.
Tonight we learn to recognize aromas. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to sharpen our senses so that we may better communicate our chocolate experiences through a common vocabulary. Identifying chocolate flavor notes starts with understanding aroma. We will explore aromas using a kit stocked with fresh ingredients that replicate some of the complex aromas and flavors in chocolate. We will identify aromas using a blind method, then taste chocolate to identify which flavor components are dominant. We will have a fun and lively discussion as we sharpen our senses and taste a lot of good chocolate.
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.
Class participants learn about the history of chocolate as well as cacao farming and production. Attendees also 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. Classes last 1 hour, and 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, or purchase through EventBrite by following the links below.
Upcoming Class Dates:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com to book a tasting or to discuss specifics of the event you would like to hold.
Win a $10 Gift Card to Chocolopolis
Did you know you can review your favorite (and not-so-favorite) chocolate bars on our website? Each quarter we will award a $10 Chocolopolis gift card for the best review posted on our website. Here are the deets:
Winning reviews must be descriptive and constructive. The key criterion is that the review helps your fellow customer make a purchasing decision. The reviews don't need to be favorable, and they don't need to be long. They should be pithy and to-the-point in a way that is helpful to other customers in deciding whether to purchase the bar.
How to write a review:
- Login or register on our website. If you've ever placed an online order with us, you already have an account.
- Find the bar you'd like to review
- Click on the bar to go to the detail page
- Click on the tab marked "Reviews"
- Write and submit your review
- Our shopping cart requires us to approve all reviews before they are posted, so you won't see you review immediately. Once we have approved your review you'll see it live.
- We will announce one winner in the month following the end of every quarter (April, July, October, January)