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With Andrea Bianchini, European Champion Maestro Cioccolatiere

This week will explore all aspects of chocolate from the scientific, cultural, and gastronomic points of view.
Topics include its history, the hotly debated health and aphrodisiacal issues surrounding chocolate, the role of chocolate in literature and films.
Students will be introduced to the processes of chocolate production, types of finished chocolate products, past and present trends of chocolate preparation and service, the notions of chocolate pairing, and the chemical makeup of chocolate and how this influences medical/scientific research.
Lectures, hands on workshops will be dedicated to chocolate tastings and both classic and innovation chocolate preparations, visits to chocolate shops and artisans.

Suggested Readings Before Departure

Lopez Ruth, Chocolate, Abrams
Presilla Marriel E., The New Taste of Chocolate, Ten Speed Press
Richardson Tim, Sweets a History of Candy, Bloomsbury

ACCOMMODATION: six nights at Hotel_Adler_Cavalieri, 4 star, charming hotel, central location.

Day n. 01 – Sunday
Check-in at the Hotel after 12.00 pm
08.30 pm Traditional Dinner

Day n.02 - Monday
10.00 am – 01.00 pm
Introduction to the course.
The history of chocolate: “Chocolate from the Aztec origins to globalization”
Tasting chocolate I, Learn the method of chocolate tasting
01.30 pm – 03.00 pm  Lunch at Ganzo
03.00 pm – 05.00 pm
Walking Tour Downtown Florence visiting the most famous chocolate Shops:
Rivoire (hot chocolate with whipped cream)

Day n. 03 - Tuesday
10.00 am – 01.00 pm
Tempering and working chocolate. Understanding the method of tempering chocolate.
Lab: Learn how to temper Chocolate
01.30 pm – 03.00 pm  Lunch at Ganzo
03.00 pm – 05.00 pm
Walking Tour Downtown Florence visiting the most famous chocolate Shops:
Hemingway (Coffee with chocolate spoons)

Day n. 04 - Wednesday
10.00 am – 01.00 pm
Praline and hand made chocolate.
Lab: Understand the method of praline production
01.30 pm – 03.00 pm  Lunch at Ganzo
03.00 pm – 05.00 pm
Walking Tour Downtown Florence visiting the most famous chocolate Shops:
La Bottega del Cioccolato : Chocolate based dessert of “la bottega del cioccolato”
Understand the method of production of successful dessert, the way ingredients are combined, how to keep them.

Day n. 05 - Thursday
10.00 am – 01.00 pm
Mood Food: The role of chocolate in the nutritional system.
How it influences medical scientific resources. Food for Therapy
Chocolate Tasting.
Guest Lecturer: Ted Metcalf
01.30 pm – 03.00 pm  Lunch at Ganzo
03.00 pm – 05.00 pm
Walking Tour Downtown Florence visiting the most famous chocolate Shops:

Day n. 06 - Friday
10.00 am – 04.00 pm
Lab: Pairing chocolate to savory food. The use of chocolate in the kitchen. Discuss a cocoa based menu by chefs Andrea Trapani and Andrea Bianchini.
Menu preparation
Lunch on your own creations
Food and Wine Pairing with Chocolate Menu

Day n. 07 Saturday

Check-out within 12.00 pm

Rates -
minimum 2 people.

Number of participants: Rate per person:
2 2.715,00 Euro
3-4 2.215,00 Euro
5-6-7 1.968,00 Euro
8-9-10 1.335,00 Euro

Single room extra charge 40 euro per night.
For packages in April - May - June – first half of July, September and October, extra charge 179,00 euro per person.
Rates are valid till the 31st December 2011

Included in Price:
6 nights in a Double Classic Room at Hotel Adler Cavalieri, 4 stars hotel, buffet, continental breakfast, one welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant, 5 lunches at Ganzo restaurant, all gastronomic activities and tastings mentioned in the program above, Information on Florence, Florence guide book, apron, Chocolate Seduction, recipe Book on Andrea Bianchini, all recipes for Class labs.

IMPORTANT NOTES: check-in must be on Sunday. This program is not available for less than two people. In case you are just one person, we can quote this offer separately. Please contact us for an estimate



A 20% non-refundable deposit by credit card is requested to secure the booking. Full payment is due at least 15 days before the arrival.


The deposit is non-refundable.
If cancellation occurs within 15 days before the check-in date, no further penalty is asked.
In case of cancellations from 14 to 3 days before check-in date, cancellation penalty is 50% of total price, the other 50% already paid (less bank transfer commissions) will be returned back.
From 48 from the check-in date, and in case of no-show, cancellation penalty is 100% of total price



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