Chocolate Week 2006

October 13, 2006

Creating a new Seventypercent Blend

Free event 3pm, Friday 20 October 2006
Contented Vine Bar Restaurant, 17 Sussex Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 4RR

As the fine chocolate revolution really takes off more and more chocolate makers are producing origin chocolate made with beans from a single country, region or plantation. These have proved to be some of the best chocolate bars we’ve ever tasted, a huge improvement on the generic industrial blends we’ve been brought up on.

This doesn’t mean blending is necessarily bad. Just like blending a good whisky or rum, combining cacao beans for a blended chocolate takes skill to select and balance the right beans.

However, now we have some of the best single origin chocolate at our fingertips, it’s equally possible to create a blend by mixing and re-tempering any origin chocolate of our choice.

Last year we put this into practice for the first time with our ‘forum Blend No. 1′, bar as selected by our forum members. This year we’re going to be repeating the exercise live at this free event at our Contented Vine base. Senior forum member Elena Kastanova will be helping blend and prepare a number of possible combinations for us to try and the final selection will later be made into a bar for us by Award winning British Chocolatier, L’artisan du Chocolat.

Please do join us at this event and help create the next Forum blend bar.

Free event with optional donations to Restaurants Against Hunger



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