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Aztec Chocolate-Making with Leni Sorensen

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Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 11:00
Montfair Resort Farm
2500 Bezaleel Drive

The Aztecs, the Spanish and Us: Hand Made Chocolate Craft

Our day will be spent exploring all things chocolate.  The students in this class start by making a basic chocolate paste using authentic New World ingredients and the same lava-stone tools as the Aztecs; the metate and the mano.  The Aztec rulers drank their chocolate dark and bitter but after 1530 the Spanish added sugar and spices creating a drink for the European aristocracy.  We will enjoy an Aztec-inspired mole sauced lunch.  Heading back to the metate we add European inspired spices and sugar to create that modern sweet essence we all love to drink and nibble.  Everyone takes home a sample of our class chocolate production.  

Leni Sorensen was born in California, was a member of the folk music recording group The Womenfolk, farmed for eight years in South Dakota, and is the mother of four and the grandmother of six. Throughout all those years she cooked, taught cooking, and talked about food; at one time catering to movie crews, at another, starting a tamale business. After moving to Virginia in 1982 she majored in History at Mary Baldwin College and earned her MA/PhD at the College of William and Mary in American Studies. She worked for over thirty years as a university lecturer, museum consultant, hands-on presenter and researcher with a focus on African American slavery, American agriculture, and women’s work in colonial and post-colonial America. Retired from six years as the African American Research Historian at Monticello she now continues to lecture, consult and write on issues of food history and teaches home provisioning and rural life skills from her home in Western Albemarle County. She is currently working on a project to cook all The Virginia House-Wife; documenting the project via digital and online media.
2500 Bezaleel Drive, Crozet, VA 22932

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