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Cacao: The Story of Chocolate (Talk and Tasting)

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Cacao: The Story of Chocolate (Talk and Tasting)

Sunday 1/14 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm

Getty Center

Discover the rich history of cacao from its origins as a frothy, bitter beverage prized by ancient Mesoamerican societies, through its introduction into the 16th century courts of Europe, and to the bean-to-bar craft traditions practiced in Los Angeles today.

Join Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites, professor Sarah Portnoy and Patricia Tsai of Chocovico in exploring the global journey of cacao as well as the traditional practices and more modern inventions that inform the art of chocolate making.

After the talk, indulge in the ancient flavors of cacao beverages, sample flights of artisanal chocolate and enjoy chocolate-inspired desserts. Compliments the exhibition Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. Tickets: $45 or $65 with wine/champagne/port pairing (21 and over for pairing option). Complimentary parking.


image: Codex Zouche-Nuttall, page 26, 1450 (obverse), Mixtec (Ñudzavui) culture; deerskin, gesso, pigment. The Trustees of the British Museum, London, UK, MSS 39671. Image © The Trustees of the British Museum / Art Resource, NY