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The Ultimate Chocolate How-To Guide

How do you turn chocolate, cream, butter, and salt into a work of art? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, adults and kids can join us during our Chocolate Celebration in February to learn how to make the perfect chocolate dessert – or a whole Valentine’s dinner! To register, click on the name of the event or stop by the Visitor Center during business hours.
Truffle Making Party
February 1 at 5:00, 6:30, and 8:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Member: $35 (nonmember: $40)
Starting with a basic truffle recipe, we learn how to elevate your creations with unique, gourmet flavor combinations. We will also learn how to make our truffles look like the pros! Plus, enjoy wine and light refreshment. Take home a gift box of up to six truffles, a $15 value.
Cooking Class: Valentine’s Dinner
February 9, 5:00–8:00 p.m.
Ginkgo Restaurant
Member: $55 (nonmember: $60)
In this hand-on cooking class, learn how to make a classic Valentine's Day Dinner for your sweetheart, family, or friends. We will conclude by enjoying our dishes along with the perfect wine.
Mousse au Chocolat: The Ultimate Decadence
February 10 at noon, 1:45, and 3:30 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Member: $32 (nonmember: $37)
Create this timeless, decadent dessert in a hands-on class with Chef Laura Valcour of Chefs for a Day. Registrants must be at least 18 years old.
Kid's Cooking Class: Decorate & Build Your Own Candy House
February 10 at noon, 12:45, and 1:30 p.m.
Visitor Center
Member: $15 (nonmember: $20)
Construct a small candy house using molded chocolate panels and Valentine's Day candy treats. Designed for ages 6 and up.
Kid's Cooking Class: Learn to Make a French Log Cake
February 18 at 11:00 a.m., 12:45 and 2:30 p.m.
Visitor Center
Member: $22 (nonmember: $30)
Create a decadent chocolate log cake complete with meringue mushrooms and edible decorations. Kids will earn a Chocoholic Certificate and take home a chef’s hat and recipe. Note: Monday, February 18, is President’s Day and most schools are not in session.
The Botany of Chocolate
February 16, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center
Member: $22 (nonmember: $29)
Discover the botanical origins of chocolate! Learn the botany and natural history of the cacao plant and taste varieties of chocolate.