Workshops and Parties
Transforming the Cacao Bean: A Hands-On Experience
At our one-of-a-kind workshop, participants start with a bean and experience the ancient art of making chocolate. Sample a variety of beans from around the world (from Fiji to Ecuador to Tanzania) and taste chocolate in all forms. Learn the art of cacao as practiced throughout history and the science of making chocolate from bean to bar. Roast, winnow, grind and taste the results. Go home with your handmade raw chocolate product and a new appreciation for all things cacao.
**Purchase two or more in person or on the phone for a discounted rate**
Truffle Making Workshop
Ready to try something new? Come with a friend or partner, by yourself or gather a group of your favorite people to experience Laughing Gull Chocolates' one-of-a-kind Truffle Making Workshop. Roll up your sleeves and learn the secret to making great tasting, ethical chocolate. During this hands on session, participants will practice the art of truffle-making, from making ganache to rolling and coating truffles. We will engage in conversation about the history of chocolate and introduce the concept of direct trade. Learn the story behind our beloved chocolate, and what we mean when we say "chocolate with a conscience." Come enjoy good company complimented by delicious fresh local snacks. You will leave with an assortment of truffles to take home, a new perspective on chocolate, and endless bragging rights as a chocolate connoisseur!
The Basics of Chocolate
The fact that chocolate tastes delicious is no secret. The snap of a chocolate bar when we break off a piece, the bright sheen on a chocolate covered mango, or the aroma of a chocolate covered strawberry. All of this is a result of tempering chocolate. In the Basics of Chocolate workshop, we'll talk about the processes that create the chocolate that we eat and love. Our beloved chocolate is the result of centuries of discovery, exploration and experiments, sipping, experiencing and innovation. Ultimately, it is the result of science. We will explore the myriad of ways that chemistry and biology infiltrate chocolate. Participants will learn how to temper chocolate and will go home with their own creation of chocolate bark!
This Deluxe class combines the art of truffle making with the techniques of tempering and enrobing. During this hands-on workshop you will learn about the production and history of chocolate while doing several tastings. We’ll make ganache and learn how to temper chocolate to dip your ganache to create true artisan truffles! You will use your tempered chocolate to create your very own bark. This class is packed with information and all participants will go home with their handmade truffles and bark.
Custom Workshops and Private Parties
We offer a variety of different chocolate workshops!
We love working with all age groups and welcome Scouts, homeschooling groups, school field trips along with private parties such as birthdays, bridal showers, team building and more!
Some of the things we offer:
• learning how to craft multiple flavors of ganache
• learning to temper chocolate
• crafting your own chocolate from raw cacao beans
• learning the history of chocolate, its origins,
story, and the complex dynamics of the cacao industry
• learning about the science behind chocolate and the harvesting and production of cacao
• tasting beans or chocolate samples in a variety of forms from around the world
• pairing chocolate with other local foods or drinks
Contact us to put together your own special chocolate experience!
Paint and Sip Parties
Laughing Gull has partnered with Chuck, the Large Artist, to offer these awesome parties! Chuck makes painting easy and fun! With a large assortment of paintings to choose from you can customize your party to the season or occasion! Laughing Gull offers a sampling of treats (and chocolate) to snack on during the event and a drink of choice for each attendee. We can expand our assortment of food to include our specialty cheeses or ice cream to truly customize this event to your liking!
Call or email us to set up your very own paint and taste party!