VIRTUAL - Massachusetts Chocolate History

Wednesday, February 87:00—8:00 PMVirtual

Most Boston visitors and students of American history know the story of the Boston Tea Party. But did you know that when the colonists stopped drinking tea due to taxation they instead turned to drinking chocolate? Infamous American patriot Paul Revere even crafted dedicated drinking chocolate pots that can be seen on view at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. Boston and the state of Massachusetts have many historical connections to chocolate that continue on from that point in time, including being the home of the very first chocolate factory in North America, the first roadside retail confectionery operation, and the first forays into commercial white chocolate production. We’re the birthplace of a number of classic and beloved desserts and treats and the resting place of the famed Fannie Farmer, who lent her amazing recipes developed at the Boston Cooking School to the world through her iconic cookbook and was the inspiration for the nostalgic candy company of the similar name. Join Victoria Kichuk to learn more about our sweet history with this fascinating program.

A chocolate sommelier, writer, and tour guide for over 12 years, Victoria Kichuk brings a unique blend of storytelling ability with an accessible approach to food education that ushers audiences toward a new appreciation of chocolate while learning about its greater historical, geographical, scientific, or cultural context. Career highlights include serving as a corporate blogger for Lindt Chocolates and Hotel Chocolat (UK) and being one of a handful of invited participants in the first ever Colombia Chocolate Week in 2019, organized by the internationally recognized organization Uncommon Cacao. She has also been named co-organizer of the New England Chocolate Festival in cooperation with the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute (FCCI) at Harvard University.

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In collaboration with Marlborough Public Library, Needham Public Library and Tewksbury Public Library.

This program is made possible by the generous donors to the Cary Library Foundation.