Experience Chocolate with all 5 Senses at the DCF Workshops

On Sunday, September 10th, the Dallas Chocolate Festival is offering a full day of workshops designed to educate chocolate lovers using all five of their senses.

Students will see how to tell when chocolate has reached its perfect temper, smell chocolate pastry baking in the oven, hear the “snap” of quality single origin bars, feel the texture of quality cocoa beans….and of course TASTE lots of interesting iterations of chocolate.

Our classes will be taught by industry experts and local favorites. No prior experience necessary, and all attendees will get to take home what they created. Each class is $60, or sign up for a full day for $200 (a $40 savings!). Spaces are limited so reserve your seat right away at dallaschocolate.org/dallas-chocolate-workshops-2017/




9:30 AM – 11:30AM
Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making Workshop 

Bean-to-bar chocolate makers take great cacao beans and craft them into fine chocolate bars. After completing this class you’ll be one of them. Suitable for beginners or experts you’ll be guided by professional craft chocolate makers throughout the entire process.  Students will have their very own bar to take home at the end of class.

Instructors include Ben Rasmussen (Potomac Chocolate) and Troy Easton (Sublime Chocolate).  And, you never know what other chocolate makers will show up.


12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Chocolate Pastry Workshop: Ganache and Beyond! 

Local pastry chef legend, Zach Townsend, will introduce the concepts of baking with chocolate and cocoa powder.   Students will make a chocolate pâte sucre and a proper chocolate ganache. These two pastry staples will then be transformed into mini chocolate tartlets for the students to take home.


2:30PM – 4:15PM
The History of Chocolate: Tasting from Ancient to Modern Times 

Founder and Executive Director of the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (and Harvard social anthropologist) Carla Martin will present the history of chocolate through the ages.  She will pull on years of international ethnographic experience to tell the story of chocolate’s beginnings to its place it our 21st century diets….with lots of tasting along the way.  This is sure to be an interesting and delicious class that may change the way you look at chocolate forever.


4:30PM – 6:15PM
Tasting Chocolate Like a Judge: the Best of the Best 

Could someone really taste 400 chocolates in 3 days? Find out this and more with Madame Cocoa (Adrienne Newman) as you experience what it’s like to be a judge in an international awards competition. No need to be a professional taster! From palate calibration to aroma to evaluation of the ideal mouthfeel, you’ll go on a whirlwind journey of taste sampling MANY caramels, bonbons, and Adrienne’s favorite category, plain dark bars. If you are a chef, baker, foodie, committed chocoholic, or just want to taste more chocolate than you ever have before, do the grading yourself and you be the judge!

You know Adrienne as the host and emcee of the Dallas Chocolate Festival each year. Since 2003 she has been a force in the fine chocolate industry, supporting initiatives and business leaders around the world who are committed to making chocolate at its best. Adrienne judges in the Americas/Asia and World Final competitions of the International Chocolate Awards in London and New York. She’s taught chocolate classes at the University of Texas in Austin, Chautauqua Institution in NY, and of course at our very own festival. In real life, Adrienne supports her chocolate habits as a top real estate agent in Austin. Catch more Madame Cocoa classes, food tours, and hosted events @MadameCocoa.




DallasChocolate.org Announces 2015 Scholarship Award Recipient

Skylar Sandlin and Sander Wolf
Skylar Sandlin and Sander Wolf

August 12, 2015 – Dallas, Texas – DallasChocolate.org is proud to award the 2015 DallasChocolate.org Scholarship to Skylar Sandlin. This scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a degree in pastry arts at the Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education at Collin College.

Ms. Sandlin graduated from Allen High School this spring, and is beginning her culinary studies this fall at Collin College. Currently, she is working at Bonnie Ruth’s Bakery in Allen, and would like to focus her studies on pastry so that she can one day open her own bakery.

The goal of DallasChocolate.org has always been to educate the public about the artistry and enjoyment of fine chocolate. To further the next generation of chocolatiers, the organization introduced the scholarship program in 2012. Each year since that time a culinary arts scholarship has been awarded to a student with a record of academic success and an interest in chocolate. Previous winner Emily Huynh completed the program and is now the owner of bakery/yogurt shop Twisty Treats in Rockwall. The 2014 recipient, Monique Conejo remains involved with the organization while working on her degree.

The funds for this scholarship come from the proceeds of the Dallas Chocolate Festival, now in its sixth year. The 2015 Festival will be held at the Addison Conference Centre on Saturday, September 12. Tickets are available at DallasChocolate.eventbrite.com