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Join us on Sunday, February 11th from 4:00pm-5:30pm to explore the botany of the cacao tree and enjoy a guided chocolate tasting with Grocer's Daughter Chocolate.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a guided tour of one of the world's most celebrated treats – chocolate!

This class will explore the botany of the cacao tree and then participants will enjoy a guided chocolate tasting hosted by Jody Hayden of Grocer's Daughter Chocolate. You will learn where and how their chocolate is grown and sample cacao beans/nibs, including 100% chocolate, 80% dark chocolate, 70% dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.

Jody will also have slides showing cacao trees and others from their travels to different areas. Come celebrate chocolate and it’s origins with us!

There is a $20 fee for this class. Proceeds support The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park. This class is open to the public but advance registration is required. The class will be limited to 20 participants.

About our presenters, Jody and D.C. Hayden:

Jody and D.C. Hayden own Grocer's Daughter Chocolate, a small craft chocolate confections business in Empire, MI. They are committed to sourcing ethically created chocolate for their shop's recipes plus loads of local ingredients like herbs, flowers, cream, honey, fruits, spirits, beer, teas, coffee and nut and seed butters.

Jody has worked in specialty chocolate and coffee her entire career, focusing on sourcing ingredients that provide dignified livelihood to farmers. She has led dozens of trips to visit coffee and cacao farms in Latin America and Africa.

D.C. is a professional videographer and trained chocolatier. He combines his passions to create beautiful chocolates along with gorgeous photography and videos to educate people about the origins of great chocolate.

Venue Information

The Botanic Garden
1490 Red Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 935-4077

Organizer Information

The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park

1490 Red Dr
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 935-4077

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