Chocolate: Drink of the Gods - Thursday 15th March 2018
Join Chantal Coady, founder of Rococo Chocolates, as she takes you on an indulgent journey back through the history of chocolate in its drinking form.
You’ll be guided through its origins in Central America, and journey to Europe in the mid-17th century when it arrived in London, and was drunk alongside other recent and luxurious drinks such as tea and coffee. You’ll also learn about the involvement of Sir Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum, in the development of the hot chocolate drink that we know today, and how back then it was sold by apothecaries as a medicine. A great deal of time that went into the preparation of hot chocolate, and the ingredients list was a fair bit longer than it is today.
You will of course all get to enjoy plenty of delicious chocolate throughout the session!

About the speaker
Chantal Coady was founder of Rococo Chocolates in 1983. More than three decades, four shops and five books later (all about the joys of luxury chocolate of course) Chantal is still pioneering the movement for real chocolate, inspiring many through warm and inviting shops, delicately nuanced flavours and creative, beautiful packaging. In fact, the Academy of Chocolate made an award to Chantal and Rococo for ‘Changing the way People Think About Chocolate’ and the Wall Street Journal among others recognized her as the founder of the ‘New British School’ of chocolate.  In 2014 Chantal Coady was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queens Birthday Honours ‘For Services To Chocolate’ recognising her long and groundbreaking career.

Please note, when you book the talk the £17 ticket price includes a glass of wine (or soft drink) and entry to the Garden. Please book your supper separately (also £17 per person) - we will have sittings at 5.45pm and 8.30pm.

The meal will be a mixed buffet as well as a dessert.

The talk itself is from 7-8.15pm

Please note there is no lift to the lecture room (which is up some stairs) and we apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.

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Ticket for talk only

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Ticket for talk AND supper beforehand

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Ticket for talk AND supper afterwards

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