Rococo Chocolate Weekend
Of all the events in 2017, Alexander is most excited about our collaboration with Chantal Coady OBE of ROCOCO Chocolates fame. We will be hosting her and the Rococo team here at Potentino. Chantal will be teaching you everything about making chocolate- from the raw cocoa beans to ganache-making.
There will be chocolate-infused meals (including breakfast) and workshops.
Guest chef Roberto Rossi of the Michelin-starred Il Silene will be concocting all sorts of delights in the Potentino kitchens for a special gala dinner.
Lots of love from the vines,
Alexander and Charlotte
Chantal Coady started Rococo Chocolates in 1983. Now in her fourth decade, four shops and five books later Chantal is still pioneering the movement for real chocolate, inspiring many through warm and inviting shops, delicately nuanced flavours and creative, beautiful packaging.
Amongst many other accolades, the Academy of Chocolate applauded Chantal and Rococo for ‘Changing the way People Think About Chocolate’.
One of her early customers was Joanne Harris and it is even rumoured that Chantal was an inspiration for her book Chocolat.
In 2014, after over 30 years in the business Chantal Coady was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queens Birthday Honours ‘For Services To Chocolate’.
Thursday, 25th May
Transfers arranged from Pisa Airport
Arrive at Potentino early Evening
Dinner cooked by the Potentino team with Rococo Ganaches
Friday, 26th May
10:00 Chocolate Meditation
Theme: From Chocolate to Castle: in conversation with Chantal Coady- an in-depth chocolate tasting.
Ongoing project: From Bean to bar- making chocolate from the beginning
Workshop 15:00 17:30
Theme: Sweet and savoury ganache making- Part 1 Foraging and the
making of infusions
Chocolate Themed meal with Potentino wines paired with Rococochocolates
Saturday, 27th May
Workshop 10:30- 12pm
Theme: Sweet and savoury ganache making- Part 2 Making the Ganaches
Pick and mix savoury chocolate pairings
Free Afternoon: Guests may use the time to visit local sites, walk in the valley or visit hot springs, or simply sit by the swimming pool with a good book.
Cooking with Chocolate in savoury dishes- help prepare the pasta and dinner.
Sunday 29th May
Workshop 14:00 to 16:30
Theme: Truffle rolling and chocolate tempering
Gala Chocolate Dinner with guest chef Robert Rossi of Il Silene 8pm
Monday 30th May
Guests depart after breakfast.
Double Room (Single) occupancy £1,400
Twin Room (Based on 2 people sharing) £1,300 per person
Double Room (based on 2 people sharing) £1,300 per person
Triple Suite (Based on 3 people Sharing) £1,200 per person
• Full board including all wines and lodging at the castle for four nights
• Daily chocolate sessions and food workshops
• Airport transfers from and to Pisa Airport