Chocolate in New Ways

February 6, 2011 6:38:59 AM PST
Chocolate lovers, listen up. Throughout February, The Morton Arboretum is holding a series of workshops to teach you how to make things from chocolate, including chocolate pizza!

At the "Chocolate Expo," local vendors present delectable treats and chocolate-based products that you've likely never seen before.
When: February 5-6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Visitor Center
Who: All ages

"Truffle-Making Workshop" teaches how to design classic hand-rolled truffles. In a group, participants will design, melt, chill, scoop, and roll truffles.
When: February 12, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Where: Thornhill Education Center
Who: Ages 16 and older
Cost: $25 (discounts for Arboretum members)
Class size limited
Advance registration required: Online or call (630) 725-2066

Enjoy a "Valentine's Day Brunch" featuring chocolate accents throughout the whole meal. Listen to live music while sipping champagne and enjoying the flavors of chocolate.
When: February 13, Seatings at 9:30 a.m., noon, and 2:30 p.m.
Where: The Ginkgo Room.
Who: All ages
Cost: Tickets: $30-$42 plus tax and fees (discounts for Arboretum members); Children younger than 2 are free
Registration: Online or call (630) 725-2066

Pizza and Chocolate! At the "Kid's Chocolate Pizza Making Party," children create a chocolate pizza with candy toppings, and decorate pretzel twists and marshmallows.
When: February 20,1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Room
Who: Ages 4 and older, all children must be accompanied by an adult
Cost: $15 (discounts for Arboretum members)
Advance registration required: Online or call (630) 725-2066

"Bring Out the Best in Each Other: Beer and Chocolate Tasting" pairs artisan beers from Two Brother's Brewing Company of Warrenville with chocolate delicacies from Graham's Fine Chocolates and Ice Cream of Geneva. Also, sample microbrews paired-up with chili in a chocolate-infused sauce, a savory chocolate panini, and baby field greens dressed with a piquant chocolate balsamic vinaigrette.
When: February 27, 3 - 5 p.m.
Where: The Ginkgo Restaurant.
Who: Ages 21 and older
Cost: $30 (discounts for Arboretum members)
Advance registration required: Online or call (630) 725-2066

The "Chocolate Exhibit" highlights the growing, harvesting, and production process of chocolate and its relationship to trees.
When: Daily in February, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Visitor Center.
Who: All ages