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Looking for something fun and different to do in Santa Fe? Try one of our Chocolate Culinary Classes, Workshops & Special Tastings.
We currently offer a 1 hour Chocolate Factory Tour, (Wednesday and Sat Am at 11:00) Learn the journey a cacao bean takes from the orchard to finished product., with lots of tasting at various stages.
Other classes include Single origin chocolate tasting workshops, Historic Chocolate Drinking Chocolate Elixir workshops, Coffee Cupping , History Classes and our flagship 2 hour "Food of the Gods" Chocolate Immersion Workshop.(Sat and Thursday 1;3:00 PM) Descriptions can be found below and on the booking calendar for each course offering.
Single origin tastings and Elixir /drinking chocolate flights can be ordered at our bar.
You can access the BOOKING Calendar on the top of our home page for dates and times of the Months events. ALL classes and tours require advance registration, we can not accommodate walk-ins. If you have a large group please call to enquire if we can accommodate you on shorter notice or a different day.
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New this year- Family Chocolate Experience. This is perfect arts activity for families from ages 5 and up. This class is two art projects. First you will make and decorate your own chocolate bar from a variety of toppings. (please advise us of any allergies) Then you will create your own artistic wrapper for that bar using various card making papers, techniques and embellishments.
We give you an overview of how chocolate grows and is made into chocolate while we are waiting for our bars to set up and be wrapped. Each child must be accompanied by a paying adult. This class is approx 1 hr 15 min long. and includes the making of one bar. Additional bars available to make.
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SCHOOLS, SCOUTS, Seniors & MORE...Delicious educational fun!
We cater to school groups, family reunions and even workplace team building looking for a fun and educational experience. Chocolate opens the door to discussions about world economics, poverty, farming challenges, human exploitation , food chain and shipping logistics, product labeling, marketing, product development and enjoyment. Our hands on making and tastings , sprinkled with history and manufacturing present a stimulating atmosphere for these discussions to take place.
Chocolate tastings are a wonderful way to educate your palate, while taking a culinary journey around the equator. A perfect activity for couples, friends and mom's or dad's looking for educational entertainment for their children. Who doesn't love Chocolate? Learn to distinguish Craft chocolate from Mass market chocolate and why and how to choose it. Learn a little chocolate history.
We offer different types of tastings based on flights of origins, single origins & cacao percentage. Its fun and entertaining and you'll certainly get your chocolate fix. Gluten free? No problem, our chocolates contain no gluten.
**Stop into our Cafe to enjoy fresh roasted coffee/espresso drinks, Hot and cold chocolate elixirs and baked goods.**
Looking for more fun things to do in Santa Fe? 3 blocks away is Meow Wolf, one of the most exciting interactive arts projects in the US. They have compiled an excellent visitor guide, Visit Santa Fe NM which you can access here.
EDUCATORS! We have partnered with Meow Wolf to offer a 50% discount on classes to cardholding NM Educators. Read more about this program and other participating partners here.
Our booking calendar is LIVE and currently taking reservations for the Tours and Workshops listed below. Use the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page or the booking link in each class below. The Booking Calendar (follow the link on the home page) will show dates and time of course offerings. Questions? Call us at 505- 471-0891
Food of the Gods-Our signature 2 hour Chocolate Immersion Workshop. We guarantee you will never look at chocolate the same way after participating in this fun hands- on chocolate experience.Empower yourself with the knowledge to understand the chocolate you are buying for your family.
Led by Master Chocolatier Melanie Boudar you will learn about the cacao tree where its grown, the challenges farmers face growing cacao and how it's harvested. What gives chocolate it's flavor? The post harvest practices like fermentation and drying of the beans and finally the critical roasting step which we do in our factory. Participants can crack, winnow and grind beans into a paste suitable to make a drinking chocolate. You will chose spices and sweetness , creating your own signature drink.
After enjoying your handiwork we will do a guided tasting of 7 unique chocolates from different origins, including chocolate grown in Hawaii, the only state in the US able to grow it.
Our time is sprinkled with interesting chocolate facts, an overview of Meso-American chocolate history , a tour of our working chocolate making equipment in the factory and the many adventures we've experienced on our quest for fine chocolate in Venezuela, Belize, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico and Europe.
Typically Offered on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Content suitable for ages 8 and up. Cost is $59 per person , discounted rate for children between 8 and 12. Follow the booking link to our calendar for exact times and direct booking.
Chocolate Factory Tour - Our Chocolate factory tour is approx 45 minutes long and is an overview of the steps in manufacturing to turn cacao beans into eating chocolate. Good smells! Great tastes! Your factory tour includes lots of chocolate tasting of our single origin and inclusion bars.
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Led by Melanie, Mark or Derek -. See and learn about the process of chocolate making in a one hour Guided tour of our Chocolate Production facility including roasting, winnowing, grinding, and tempering of Chocolate. Taste cacao beans and cacao juice. Sample a variety of our hand made bars or other products produced on this equipment.
Tours are offered most Saturdays and Wednesdays at 11:00AM. Limited to 15 people. Cost $12.00 per person adults, $10.00 for seniors 65 and older , children 12 and under are $5.00.
Please call to confirm the tour will be available or if you have a larger private party and need a different day/time.
Historic Drinking Chocolate Elixir Workshop
Led by Chocolate historian and alchemist Mark J Scisenti. This is a hands- on class. You will learn and taste history in this 1 1/2 hour workshop. Be prepared for a mind bending experience with hydrosols, chilis, spices , herbs and house made 100% chocolate. Workshops are rotated every Wednesday throughout the month with one style of history and presentation per workshop. A powerpoint of slides and recipe is included. Choose MesoAmerican, Ancestral Puebloan, Historic European or Colonial New Mexico era drinking chocolates.
NEXT CUPPING CLASS JAN 5th, 2019
Led by Derek - Chocolate Maker and Roast Master
Class will cover various topics in coffee evaluation and appreciation.
Subject will change and only one subject will be covered per class
-cupping and evaluation
- espresso preparation and technique
- Brewing options and characteristics
These workshops are offered on a special occasion basis Saturday from 10:30AM till noon. Limited to 10 people. Cost $25.00 per person includes: cupping, instruction and 1 x 12 oz bag of coffee.
The History of Chocolate - BOOK HERE
Pre Colombian to Colonial New Mexico - Led by Mark J. Sciscenti, Chocolate Historian - This two-hour lecture on the history of chocolate includes a PowerPoint presentation and sampling of several historic drinking chocolates. The following topics will be covered:
• Botanical and Ecological sources of chocolate;
• The cultural and traditional uses of chocolate during the Pre-Columbian times by the Mesoamericans
- the Maya, Zapotec and Mexica (Aztec) peoples;
• Southwestern Ancestral Pueblo Indian use of chocolate;
• Chocolate use during the Spanish Colonial and the Colonial New Mexican period
Tours are offered alternate Saturdays at 1:00 pm and once a month on Thursday evening from 7 - 9 pm. Limited to 10 people. Cost $39.00 per person.
Chocolate Tasting Flight-
Join us on a chocolate tasting Flight to discover the differences in Single origins around the world. Featuring 7 fine Craft Chocolate Makers and chocolate from Vietnam, Bolivia, Ecuador, Madagascar, Peru, Hawaii and Venezuela. These classes can be booked as a special event for your group.
Cost $25 per person,Limited to 12 people. Length- 1 hr. Call us 505-471-0891 or contact us using the form.
Private Party tastings-
Book a Private Chocolate Tasting for your next dinner party or event. Chocolate can be paired with wine if desired. Each event is different and conducted by Master Chocolatier & Cacao Farmer Melanie Boudar. Please email.
Girlfriend's Day Out & Special Event Parties
Looking for a fun girlfriend getaway day? ( Men too, we've got something for you) Let us design a fun afternoon filled with chocolate from a guided to tasting or making your own truffles, spend 3 hours in chocolate bliss and take something home. Customized events require 8 or more people and start at $60/per person.
For a super fun filled day in our new Santa Fe Midtown Innovation District try some out -of -the -ordinary fun at Meow Wolf, lunch at Duel Brewery, an afternoon of Chocolate Immersion with us and an evening performance at Adobe Rose Theatre.
Use the contact form to the right enquire about pricing and availability for your unique event.