Chocolate Tasting | Appreciation | Pairing Experience

Chocolate Tasting | Appreciation | Pairing Experience


This Experience session provides attendees with an exclusive behind-the-scene look into the artisan cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-making at Wild Sweets® - ranked one of the ‘25 Best Chocolatiers in the World’ and awarded ‘Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America’. This multi-sensory experience features a visual presentation on the journey of the cocoa bean from its tropical farm to our chocolate-making lab. Your will explore each step of the cocoa bean-to-bar process directly from inside our micro-batch chocolate lab ‘factory’. All Experience sessions are personally presented by the owners of Wild Sweets - world acclaimed chefs/authors Dominique & Cindy Duby - who will take you on a ‘tongue-on’ edutaining experience of the art and science of artisan craft chocolate from tasting to appreciation to pairing. The full Experience sessions last approximately 105-120 minutes and focuses on three experience topics including;

Tasting – you will taste the various stages of bean-to-bar production ranging from roasted cocoa beans to cocoa liquors to finished mini chocolate bars of several different origins (I.e. Costa Rica, Ecuador, etc.). And you will explore the organoleptic make-up of the various chocolates based on a chocolate aroma wheel to learn how to perceive distinct profile of a specific origin – a process very similar to wine tasting.

Appreciation – you will be presented with a selection for tasting of products based on the various ‘sections’ of the chocolate + pastry field, all made from our own cocoa bean to bar chocolate including filled chocolate bonbons, bouchée, caramel and other textured confections. From the pastry side, an almond croissant ‘pavé’, textured mousse / cream, ice cream or gelato, cake or tarte, cream puff, and/or other chocolate-based desserts as well as pairing beverage such as origin hot chocolate or chocolate fruit iced tea.

Pairing – you will receive a dedicated sample tasting flight that may including wine (table, sweet and/or fortified), beer, and/or spirit to be paired with chocolates that were specifically designed and crafted for pairing through aroma encapsulation. Note that our own novel 'Chocolate Tea' is served throughout the Experience as a palate cleanser.

Terms & Conditions: Sessions are offered on Saturdays (see dates in pull-down menu on top of this page) starting at 3:00 PM. Attendees must be 10-years or older to be part of this Experience and only those 19-years old will be served the sample beverage portion of the pairing exercise. Sessions dates maybe cancelled due to minimum attendance not being met. Full refunds will be provided with notice of cancellation maximum 72-hours from scheduled session date. All bookings are final and no refunds are provided unless with minimum 72-hours notice. If you are unable to attend a session and provide a minimum of 48-hours notice from scheduled session date, booking fees maybe used/transferred for another session date. Other conditions may apply, please contact us if you have any questions or concerns prior to registering. All Experience sessions are held in our “Chocolate-Making & Tasting Lab" in Richmond, BC with ample free visitor parking at the location. Private sessions are also available with minimum seating, please inquire for more details.

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