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    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Mexican Chocolate Traditions in Massachusetts

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Date: January 19, 2011
Contact: Phil Lupsieiwcz, 978-275-1705

Mexican Chocolate Traditions in Massachusetts:

Bean-to-Bar Chocolate & the Art of Mole

Saturday February 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.

Lowell, MA Chocolate -- whether you fancy biting into a bar, sipping it in a mug of hot cocoa, or detecting a hint of it in mole poblano, come learn about the Mexican tradition of roasting, grinding, and cooking with chocolate made from stone-ground cacao beans.

Alex Whitmore, co-founder of Taza Chocolate, will talk about his Mexican-inspired, stone ground chocolate company located in Somerville. Taza manufactures minimally processed chocolate made from fair trade organic cacao beans. Rotary stone mills imported from Oaxaca are used to grind the roasted beans. Each one is hand chiseled with a pattern specifically designed for grinding chocolate.  Ricardo and Maria Candiani, owners of Mr.       Jalapeno in downtown Lowell, grew up in Hermosillo, Mexico. They will share recipes and traditions passed down within their respective families. These include mole, a sauce made from finely ground ingredients, including chocolate. Delectable samples will be available at this free program, which is sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park. Saturday, February 12, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center, 246 Market Street.

In the mood for more?
·        From 5:30-7:00 p.m., attend the Brush Gallery's annual fundraiser where there will be a "chocolate tasting" with samples from area chocolatiers and specialty food vendors. Tickets are available through the Brush Gallery and Studios and are $10.00 each.

·        At 7:00 p.m., return to the Park Visitor Center auditorium for a screening of "Chocolat" (starring Johnny Depp). This screening is co-sponsored by the Lowell National Historical Park and the Lowell Film Collaborative and is part of the Brush Gallery annual fundraiser.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park, visit the web site at www/nps.gov/lowe, or call 978-970-5000.

Did You Know?

Historic etching, Lowell National Historical park

The population of Lowell grew dramatically during the years of industrial expansion-rising from about 2,500 in 1826 to more than 33,000 in 1850, when Lowell was the second largest city in Massachusetts.