Chocolate is perhaps one of the most intriguing foods in history, prized for thousands of years and now a global passion. Celebrate the holidays by tracing the origin of chocolate, the food of the gods, from a drink reserved for Mayan and Aztec nobility, to a drink for European aristocrats, to the simple chocolate bar. Then enjoy a tasting of Mexican hot chocolate, champurrado, and traditional pan dulce from La Monarca Bakery.
This class does not include a tour, it is an informal lecture followed by a tasting.
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image: Lidded Tripod Cylinder Vessel with Head of Cacao Deity, Guatemala, Maya, early 5th century, slip-painted ceramic with post-fire stucco and pigment, LACMA
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
Un-wrap the history of chocolate in ancient and modern Latin America through the Huntingon’s special exhibition Visual Voyages with Maite. Learn all about the journey of this prized pod – from its origins as a drink for Mayan and Aztec nobility, to a drink for European aristocrats, to the simple chocolate bar. Then head to the kitchen to bake up a storm. Ages 7-12 and one accompanying adult. (members $55, non-members $65 includes admission, a private tour of Visual Voyages exhibit, a book of recipes and a special prize.
Hanukkah Festival Workshop: Mexican Chocolate Gelt!
October 14, 2017
Saturday 12/10 from 11:00am to 4:00pm
The Skirball Cultural Center
Join Maite at the Skirball’s Hanukkah Festival: LA/LA!
Celebrate Hanukkah while discovering the history of chocolate, one of Mexico’s greatest gifts to the world. In special demonstrations throughout the day, learn about the history of the prized cocoa pod, from its origins as a drink for Mayan and Aztec nobility, to a drink for European aristocrats, to the simple chocolate bar, and the special Hanukkah gelt.
Come to the demonstrations or just drop by to decorate your very own gelt with edible paint and decorative foil!
($12 general admission, $9 seniors, full-time students, and children over 12, $7 children 2-12, free to members and children under 2)