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November 10, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Artisans Display Talents at New York Chocolate Show

Chocolate artisans from Colonial Williamsburg conduct a pair of demonstrations Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11 and 12, at the 14th annual New York Chocolate Show, the world’s largest consumer event dedicated exclusively to chocolate.

Historic foodways chocolate maker Frank Clark demonstrates the 18th-century method of making chocolate, which was usually consumed as a beverage. Preserving and using the ancient pre-Columbian method of preparing chocolate, Clark grinds roasted cacao beans on a traditional metata, a heated grinding stone, adding sugar and spices along the way to provide a variety of flavors to the final chocolate.

Chef Rodney Diehl, Colonial Williamsburg’s head pastry chef for the Williamsburg Lodge, provides a modern perspective on chocolate as he demonstrates and shares chocolate recipes from the Colonial Williamsburg collection.

In addition, Rodney Snyder of American Heritage Chocolate provides insight into the spices used to create the historically accurate brand of American Heritage Chocolate, which is produced by Mars, Inc. and sold at 80 sites, including Colonial Williamsburg.

Colonial Williamsburg’s chocolate demonstrations will be presented in one of two culinary theaters featuring renowned chocolatiers and pastry chefs sharing secrets of their trade.

Considered the chocolate hub of North America, the New York Chocolate Show brings together more than 65 fine chocolate companies presenting a diverse array of fine chocolates and chocolate-inspired products.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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