Monday, October 4, 2010

Atlanta Botanical Garden Presents "Chocolate: Seed to Sweet"

Monday, October 4, 2010

Chocolate: Seed to Sweet
Now through January 2

This imaginative exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes of chocolate making, from the roots of the cacao tree to candy factory confections. The interactive journey features a giant cacao pod and a 20-foot flower dome that bring to life the history, production and uses of chocolate around the world. The fun, educational experience wraps up inside a miniature factory that showcases the candy-making process.
Look for special weekly programs including classes and demonstrations, and every visitor leaves with a bite of chocolate...sweet!

Chocolate Experiences

In addition to the interactive chocolate displays and weekend discovery stations, there are chocolate classes and activities for everyone throughout the exhibition:

Chocolate Sundays -Second Sundays September - December
During Chocolate: Seed to Sweet, indulge in Garden Chef cooking demos featuring chocolate recipes. Local chocolatiers and guest chefs will also be on hand for delicious presentations.
September 12, noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
October 10, noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
November 14, 2 p.m.
December 12, 2 p.m.

Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Sunday, October 10, 2 p.m.
Join Schakolad Chocolate Factory of Sandy Springs in the Edible Garden Outdoor Kitchen for a tantalizing chocolate making demonstration and lesson on the history of the chocolate making process.
Watch as truffles are hand-dipped and melted chocolate is molded. At the end of the presentation, taste a sample of their decadently delicious confections!

Drop-In Kids Classes
Spooky ChocolatesDrop-In Kids Class -Saturdays, October 23 or 30  2 - 3 p.m.
Learn how to make tasty chocolate treats just in time for Halloween. Make and take a sticky spider, witch hat, and ghost pretzel. Eat them at home if you dare!
Fee: $6/child plus Garden admission (Members $5/child)
Deadline: No registration is necessary for Drop-In Class

Goblins in the Garden
Sunday, October 24   11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Bring young goblins dressed in their Halloween best for a costume parade, the ride-on-train, games, pony rides, tricks, treats and more!
Plus, explore Scarecrows in the Garden! The Garden is stuffed with more than 100 wacky creations.
Rain or shine. Food and beverage available for purchase. Train rides $2. Pony rides $4.

Chocolate: Play With Your Food
Saturdays, November 13 or 27   11 a.m. - noon
Have you ever wanted to work in a candy factory? Make your own lollipop using melted chocolate, candy molds, and a little finesse. Chocolate never looked so good!
Fee: $6/child plus Garden admission (Members $5/child)
Deadline: No registration is necessary for Drop-In Classes.

Hot Chocolate Gift in a Jar
Saturday, December 4  - 11 a.m. - noon OR 2 - 3 p.m.
Give the gift of chocolate after you mix up a delicious hot chocolate mix and decorate the jar. The perfect sweet treat for anyone on your list!
Fee: $6/child plus Garden admission (Members $5/child)
Deadline: No registration is necessary for Drop-In Classes

Winter Break Camp
January 3 & 4  - 9 a.m. - noon
Escape the cool winter days and take a journey to the tropical rainforest and desert environments at the Garden. Campers explore the Fuqua Conservatory to learn about exotic tropical and desert wildlife, play games and create artwork. Join us for a wild, winter adventure!
Fee: $60/child (Members $50), ages 4-6
Registration Deadline: December 20

Taste and Discover Chocolates of the World
Wednesday, October 13 -6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Join us to indulge in and awaken your appreciation for chocolate. This class explores fine artisan chocolate from around the world. Small batch direct trade chocolate carries a richness and flavor profile that is unmatched. Learn about the terroir and subtle nature of chocolate. Perfect for a group of friends or a date night. Tasting required!
Fee: $30 (Members $25)
Instructor: Taria Camerino, pastry chef, Highland Bakery
Registration Deadline: October 8

Give the Gift of Chocolate
Saturday, November 13

10 a.m. - noon
Making and gifting chocolate confections is deeply rewarding. We will pair the subtle flavors of small batch chocolate with ingredients that are fun and different. This class is hands on so be prepared to get a little “messy”. Tasting is mandatory!
Fee: $45 (Members $35)
Instructor: Taria Camerino, pastry chef, Highland Bakery
Registration Deadline: November 6


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