At the Merchants House Museum : America’s Romance with Chocolate: A Sweet Social History

    February 4, 2014 – February 5, 2014 all-day
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    Merchant's House Museum
    29 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

    America’s Romance with Chocolate:
    A Sweet Social History

    Lecture and Tasting

    Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 p.m.

    1850s-chocolate-adJoin us for a delectable evening of talk and tasting as we celebrate our country’s long love affair with chocolate. Culinary historian Cathy Kaufman will present an illustrated lecture followed by a tasting in our period kitchen of handmade chocolate truffles by chef Wai Hon Chu, paired with wine.

    At the start of the 19th century, ladies ceremonially drank a breakfast chocolate — touted as a health food — from exquisite porcelain cups. But by mid-century, advances in manufacturing had turned this liquid delight into the chocolate bars that we know today, a portable confection and a luscious treat. This illustrated lecture will trace chocolate’s changing role and form in the social history of 19th century New York.

    $40, $75 per couple, to benefit the Historic Furnishings Plan restoration. Click here for tickets.