What you'll do
This course is very close to our hearts as it teaches the traditional Mayan processes we use to make our single-origin stone-ground chocolate. Chocolate Maker and Expert, Patricia Tsai, will teach participants where chocolate comes from and the process starting from the tree-to-pod to bean-to-bar. Each participant will get to make and take home their very own custom bar! Class Structure & What’s included: We open with a brief history of cacao and chocolate all the way back to the Mayan and Aztec people of Mesoamerica over 2,000 years ago. Participants will examine and explore the various components of chocolate and cacao. They will establish a real and physical relationship with the beginnings of where chocolate comes from. They will then taste-test the difference between European style chocolate and Mayan Stone-Ground chocolate and learn the difference between chocolatier and chocolate maker. Participants will get hands-on experience with the traditional techniques and tricks of roasting, grinding and shaping chocolate bars. Each Chocolate Maker-to-be can choose the various ingredients they want to include in their very own custom chocolate bar!
- Passionate cooks
Learn traditional recipes and hear personal stories from local hosts.
- Intimate settings
Share a meal in unique spaces, from private farms to secret rooftops.
- Vetted by Airbnb
Every experience is reviewed for authentic culinary traditions.
Over 10 years ago I went on this journey to figure out how to combine the two things I enjoyed, people and food. As my curiosity peaked, so did the start of my chocolate journey. What makes the journey special is that through years of trying to figure out how to stone-grind, I developed a relationship with my grower. It was important for me to know where I get my cacao beans. There wasn’t enough transparency in the cacao industry. Through trials and tribulations, I met my grower in Tabasco, MX. It was truly the start of my business as he became a mentor and a father figure to me. My relationship continues with him today and as the business grows. It’s through these experiences that I want to share with you to look at Chocolate in a completely different way. Chocolate is truly Food not a candy bar.
Taste the difference between Chocolate Styles (European VS Mexican) and get a feel for the type of ingredients you will use…
Wine and Chocolate go together like PB&J! Participants 21+ will enjoy wine with their experience.
Use traditional tools, such as roasting plates and metate y mano (for grinding cacao), and more modern tools, such as…
Where you'll be
We will learn about and make chocolate in our Chocolate Factory, LA's First Bean to Bar Factory. Not only will you get an exclusive tour of our Choco-Lab, you will get to experience it to the fullest!
Things to keep in mind
If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.
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Up to 10 guests ages 10 and up can attend. It’s up to each guest to understand the ingredients being used and communicate any allergies or dietary restrictions to the host. Guests should also consider that consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry,…
Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making Class