For years, our guests have been asking us to run chocolate classes, but we've held off until now because we operate in such a small space and as a start-up, we were still feeling our way (and we still have a lot to learn about retailing).
Classes are generally limited to four persons at a time and cost $180 per person (though we sometimes have specials so call and ask). Classes run at least four hours, allow five if you can, and consist of about an hour of cognitive training, and about three hours of psychomotor training. Students should wear closed-toe footwear and be prepared to be on their feet pretty much the entire time.
Students are welcome to bring their own choice of beverage, alcoholic or otherwise to supplement the bubbly we provide (though consumption of alcohol, for safety reasons, will generally be limited to certain areas and times).
Students should walk away with a basic understanding of how to temper chocolate (create the right crystal form; you want diamonds, not lumps of coal, right?) in at least two ways and how to formulate ganache (used for soft centers, truffles, & bonbons) which they learn to pipe, roll, precoat and dip truffles. For your comfort and safety it is vital that you let us know ahead of time if you have have allergies to certain foods. In some instances we can make reasonable accommodations or group you with others in the same circumstances. Students will take home some samples of the work done in the class, and of course, nibble along the way.
How to Book: Simply text us at (860) 759-2222 (or call if you do not have the ability to text) and let us know your preferences as to date and time. We normally have at least one weekend class at 1pm Sunday. Classes should not be booked via Open Table as it is designed for a different purpose.
FAQ's: If you have purchased class coupons for more than just yourself, you may all attend the same class if you wish.
Birthday Parties: Kids of all ages (aka adults) are welcome to have birthday parties here. For kid's parties (generally, starting at age 9 but we have made exceptions) we often substitute a high-quantity Swiss compound chocolate for the high-end coverture we normally use so parents can save money and kids can have fun without actually having to learn how to temper chocolate, first. Kid's birthday parties generally run about $25 per child, but we are happy to adapt and improvise to work within parents' budgets. Pizza and cake can also be arranged, if desired.
Other options: We no longer offer pre-formatted "canned" tours and tastings, though we will continue to honor all outstanding certificates. We found that though most of our guests loved our tours, some had expectations we simply could not meet. So instead, we now encourage visitors to form their own groups, whether for a Ladies' Night Out or just a fun, family outing, then, call or text us, and we will collaborate with you to create the kind of event you envision.
Reservations by phone or text are required. Please do not use the open table link for tour and tasting reservations; it's designed for table and dessert reservations. Come and join the party!
Education: We already work with a number of schools, colleges and universities to help make math, science and history interesting. We also work with scouts. Just contact us, and we can arrange for your group to come here, or when transportation budgets or logistics are difficult, we can often come to you. Education is one of our core missions; many of our staff move on to food science and similar culinary careers.
100 Riverview Center (Corner, Main & Court Streets)
Middletown, CT 06457
Or TEXT your order to: (860) 759-2222