1. Woodblock Chocolate Discovery Workshop

    Written by sunfeet22 | February 26, 2013


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    We are very excited to announce that Woodblock Chocolate will be our first WeMake discovery workshop of 2013! Spend an evening with us at Woodblock Chocolate and learn more about the craft chocolate movement. This workshop includes a process tour, exclusive tasting session, and some hands-on chocolate fun.

    DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2013
    TIME: 6:00-9:00pm (check-in begins at 6:00pm, doors close at 6:30)
    PLACE: Woodblock Chocolate, 1236 SE Oak Street
    COST: $25

    Registration opens Monday, March 4th at 9am.
    Space is very limited, so be sure to mark your calendar!

    RSVP on Eventbrite

     

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    There is a wonderful aroma when you walk into the Woodblock space. Roasting beans and melting chocolate instantly make your mouth water. Burlap sacks full of exotic beans are piled high, waiting to be sorted. Who knew chocolate could be so pure and simple, yet so complex in flavor? 

    Woodblock Chocolate is leading the charge in this new American craft chocolate revolution. Like coffee, wine, and beer before them, chocolate is now being crafted and honed into a truly unique experience.

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    Charley and Jessica Wheelock founded Woodblock Chocolate because they wanted to start a sustainable family business with a culinary influence. ”We were totally inspired by wine and food,” said Charley. “European chocolate has always been the best, but now we’re looking at coco beans more like a wine maker looks at grapes. We’re trying to bring out character from the variety of the beans.”

    An interesting fact that people may not realize is that most chocolatiers don’t make their own chocolate. They buy it from another vendor and then start their processes from there. Woodblock practices a bean-to-bar process and are involved through the entire creation cycle.

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    Cacao beans need to grow in the tropics. Understandably, this is a difficult environment to actually make chocolate, so throughout history the beans have been grown in one place and the chocolate has been made thousands of miles away. ”There is a disconnect between the farmer and the chocolate maker. This is something that we’re trying to remedy.” Charley and Jessica are developing relationships with the farmers they source their beans from. They even send back chocolate so the farmers can taste the results of their crops.

    When I asked Charley what he hoped people would take away from this workshop, he smiled and said, “The general understanding that chocolate is not what they thought it was. This is a totally different ball game.”

    Space for this event will be very limited so make sure you sign up early. We are so excited to partner with Woodblock Chocolate for the first workshop of the year. See you there!

    DATE: Thursday, March 14, 2013
    TIME: 6:00-9:00pm (check-in begins at 6:00pm, doors close at 6:30)
    PLACE: Woodblock Chocolate, 1236 SE Oak Street
    COST: $25

    Registration opens Monday, March 4th at 9am.
    Space is very limited, so be sure to mark your calendar!

    RSVP on Eventbrite

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