Dear A History of Chocolate Attendees,
We are saddened to say that we must postpone tonight’s event due to inclement weather conditions. A snow date has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 3rd at 7 pm, and all existing tickets will be honored at the door. As of today, we only have two tickets available–If you are unable to attend on April 3rd, we ask that you cancel your reservation directly through your Eventbrite account so that other guests may have the opportunity to register for the event.
In honor of Presidents’ Day, our guest speaker–Dr. Walker–asked us to share this note with you:
“Searching for images of George Washington’s camp kitchen or mess kit reveals a prominent and well-used chocolate pot (on the small grill to the left of the chest). Colonial troops often carried blocks of chocolate as part of their official rations or personal provisions. Consumed as a hot beverage, chocolate provided eighteenth-century soldiers with quick, portable nutritious and energy while on the march. Their chocolate was bitter, so it was sweetened, likely with honey when they couldn’t get sugar. Officers also often mixed in sweet Madeira wine.
Check out this Smithsonian blog post about what soldiers ate during the Revolution, featuring an image of Washington’s chocolate pot!”
All the best and we all look forward to seeing you this April!