5:30 p.m. Happy Half Hour
6:00 p.m. Pot Luck Supper
6:30 p.m. Program
A Cultural and Culinary History of Chocolate
Following the Member Monday pot-luck supper* and announcements, will be a presentation on A Cultural and Culinary History of Chocolate. In this program, participants will enjoy a detailed and delicious chocolate tasting and also
- Learn about chocolate’s biology and culinary history;
- Sample single-origin chocolates and blends;
- Consider the policies, practices, and performances associated with fairly traded and sustainable chocolate; and
- Review the latest scientific findings on chocolate’s nutritional and health values.
Our speaker is Ellen Messer, PhD, an anthropologist dedicated to (rooting out) hunger and (promoting) human rights. Dr. Messer received her PhD in ecological anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is the former director of the World Hunger Program at Brown University, and currently has faculty affiliations at Tufts University, Boston University, and Brandeis University. Dr. Messer is the co-author of Who's Hungry? and How Do We Know? Food Shortage, Poverty, and Deprivation.
*For those of you wondering what to bring to the pot-luck, may we suggest some of you bring your favorite chocolate dessert or other food, like a Mexican mole sauce dish or a Spanish or Italian dish that uses chocolate as a binder in the sauce.