The New Taste of Chocolate


A fun (and sweet) event on March 18th at 6pm at the Hoboken Public Library (5th and Park)!

The New Taste of Chocolate

Presented by Chef Maricel Presilla

Culinary historian Maricel Presilla, the chef and co-owner of Zafra and Cucharamama, two pan-Latin restaurants in Hoboken New Jersey, will discuss the second edition of her book The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes (Ten Speed, 2009). Presilla writes extensively about cacao and chocolate and is the president of a Gran Cacao Company, a company specializing in heirloom cacao beans trade. She is a food columnist for the Miami Herald and her food articles about many aspects of Latin America culture and food have been published by Gourmet Magazine, Food and Wine, Foods Arts and other major food publications. She has repeatedly been nominated as best chef of the Mid-Atlantic region by the James Beard Foundation. Last October she was invited by first lady Michelle Obama to cook at the White House for 400 guests on the occasion of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Presilla will discuss the latest trends on chocolate and cacao research through images and will offer a tasting of some of the country’s best artisanal new chocolates as well as the collection of Latin American-inspired chocolate truffles that she now sells at her new Latin kitchen market Ultramarinos, also in Hoboken. She will also serve Latin American savory foods laced with chocolate and cacao and hot chocolate.

Copies of her latest chocolate book will be available for sale and signing

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