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CHOCOLATE: The History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley

  • Deyo Hall 6 Broadhead Avenue New Paltz, NY, 12561 United States (map)

CHOCOLATE: The History of Chocolate in the Hudson Valley, educational talk with Peter G. Rose

The Hudson Valley’s trading and manufacturing history of what is now our favorite confection, but started as an invigorating and nourishing drink, will be discussed in a PP presentation by Food Historian Peter G. Rose. She will describe the early trade by the Valley’s Dutch settlers in the 17th century and the subsequent manufacturing developments of chocolate through the 18th century into the late 19th century. She will end with some useful facts on working with today’s chocolate. A recipe sheet will be available as a hand-out. Rose was part of a group of more than 100 scholars, who investigated the history of chocolate in America, sponsored by the Historic Division of Mars, Inc., which culminated in a book Chocolate: History, Culture & Heritage (Wiley, 2009). 

Admission comes with one serving of drinking chocolate based on Rose’s recipe, provided by the Village Tea Room.

Culinary historian Peter G. Rose is the author of nine books on the Dutch influence in America and Hudson Valley food. She has lectured on a variety of topics related to Dutch and Dutch-American culinary history recently at: The University of Amsterdam, but also at The National Gallery; The Smithsonian Institute; Harvard University's Fogg Museum;  New York University; the New York State Library; the New York Historical Society; as well as more than a hundred other historical societies and libraries in New York State and various museums in the Netherlands, including the Mauritshuis National Picture Gallery in The Hague.

Tickets are $15 (10% for seniors, students, HHS members, active military members, and veterans.) One serving of drinking chocolate comes with the price of admission.