A Bean-to Bar Chocolate Experience
Let James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef Michael Laiskonis give you a complete, one-of-a-kind introduction and overview to the bean-to-bar chocolate making process in our fully equipped Chocolate Lab. In this lecture/demonstration class, he will start with a discussion of the cacao bean – its origin and treatment from farm to factory. Students will observe each stage of production, from roasting of the cacao beans, winnowing, and grinding the winnowed nibs into chocolate liquor, to refining, sifting, and final production of finished molded chocolate bars. Chef Laiskonis will close with a short, guided tasting of several chocolates of varying origin and formulation. Students will leave the class with samples of the chocolate produced in the Lab, including exclusive bars available only at ICE.