Taste: Chocolate at Monticello
Event At A Glance
Due to inclement weather, this program has been cancelled.
Thomas Jefferson recorded his first purchase of chocolate in 1775, and later wrote to John Adams from Paris on November 27, 1785, that chocolate’s superiority “both of health and nourishment will soon give it the same preference over tea and coffee in America.”
Celebrate the history of this New World treat at Taste: Chocolate at Monticello, and join us for a day of chocolate-themed events, demonstrations, and tastings. Learn about chocolate and its history at Jefferson’s Monticello, as well as its role in the Americas and in Europe. Discover new ways to prepare and enjoy chocolate today, and savor the experience of flavorful chocolates paired with Virginia wines.
Choose from a variety of fascinating topics, or attend them all for an in-depth look at one of our favorite things!
History of Chocolate
In this bean-to-beverage demonstration and talk, see how 18th century chocolatiers ground roasted cacao beans on a traditional heated stone and added an innovative blend of sugar and spices. Become versed in the craft of turning beans into a traditional hot chocolate drink, and sample intriguing chocolates that capture the flavors of the past.
Chocolate Today with Chef Dean Maupin of C&O
Join an interactive lesson with C&O Restaurant chef, Dean Maupin, who will pair historic techniques and flavors with modern chocolate desserts. Learn how to prepare a classic chocolate tart and then try your hand at making mendiants, a delectable French treat. Take home new recipes to try at your table, and perfect the skills you acquire with one of Charlottesville’s top experts at your side.
Grape and Bean: Pairing Chocolate and Wine
Learn about the pairing of two of Jefferson’s culinary favorites– chocolate and wine, both produced in America. Director of Gardens and Grounds, Gabriele Rausse, will explain the nuances of matching Virginia vintages with delicious chocolates. Taste the pairings for yourself!