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American craft chocolate and wine tasting experience

Friends events

Thursday 26 October 2017
7 — 9pm

Booking is now open to Friends of the RA.

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Cocoa Runners chocolate tasting

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To coincide with our celebration of the great American artist Jasper Johns, we take you on an exploration of the evolving world of American craft chocolate, pairing each choice with carefully selected wines.

When Cocoa Runners launched in 2013, there were only 20-30 craft chocolate makers in the US. Today, there are close to 300 independent artisans creating chocolate from “bean to bar”.

From Washington to Woodstock, to Utah and Illinois, these new makers are transforming how we see and experience chocolate. For them and their followers, chocolate is not simply a sweet treat, but the pure expression of the cocoa bean. As they roast conche, winnow and temper their bars, they are coaxing out and revealing the flavours they want from the bean.

In this tasting, you’ll try bars from new makers all over the US. Cocoa Runners take you through every step of how chocolate is created, starting with how the beans are grown and harvested right to the wrapping of the bars. Tasting as we go, we’ll also look at maker’s innovations in technologies that are further revolutionising the craft chocolate scene.

Once you’ve tasted this chocolate, there is no going back. The chocolate is a testimony to their innovation, creativity and skill as they transform this fruit into a creative and gastronomic expression of cacao.

The Royal Academy is an independent charity that relies on the generosity of its Friends. Thank you for supporting the RA by participating in Friends events.

This event is also open to Academicians’ Room members. To book, please call the Box Office on 020 7300 8090.

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Thursday 26 October 2017

7 — 9pm

The Sir Hugh Casson Room for Friends, The Keeper's House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£40. Includes ten chocolates and five wine tastings. Friends and Academicians' Room members only.

Booking is now open to Friends of the RA.

Book now