Tours & Events

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The chocolate and wine pairing we had at Aaron's was fantastic!
The chocolate and wine pairing we had at Aaron's was fantastic, partly due to the warmth of the hosts and the great venue.

This is the page where you can see at a glance where and when Doreen will be doing an upcoming talk about writing, volunteerism, or the world of chocolate in a Chocolatour event. To book Doreen for an event, visit this page for more information.

Here is a list of upcoming chocolate pairings and events:

Doreen Pendgracs (AKA Doreen the Chocolate Queen) has been scouring the world since 2009, during which time she has visited (nearly) 20 countries to research and enjoy the world of chocolate and cacao. Doreen is author of “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate” volume I, which received a Readers’ Favorite Award in 2014. Doreen is expecting publication of the second volume of “Chocolatour: A Quest for the World’s Best Chocolate Adventures” in late 2019.
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The October 12, 2018 chocolate tasting event at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg was magical and included chocolate from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, and more! These classes always sell out, so please don’t wait to register.

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  • Doreen will be the host of a chocolate and wine pairing event at Evergreen Gate at 1138 River Road (just south of Selkirk) from 7-9 pm on May 11th in honour of Mother’s Day and Manitoba Day (which are both on May 12th) we will be featuring the best of Manitoba-made chocolate, including Morden’s of Winnipeg, Chocolatier Constance Popp, Decadence Chocolates, Acehenti Cocoa and the Melt Chocolate Company. Each chocolate will be paired with a fabulous wine. Tickets $40 including tax. Get your ticket right here via Paypal (click the “Add to Cart” button below) or pay Doreen Pendgracs via e-transfer to pendor[at]mts.net. Please contact Doreen at [email protected] if you have any questions.
  • The second Wine & Chocolate pairing event at Aaron’s on the Lake B&B in Ponemah, Manitoba, will be held on Friday, June 14, 2019, from 7-9 pm. Call Aaron’s at (204) 223-1690 for tickets. This event will have the Theme of “Soups to Nuts in the World of Chocolate” with flavours taking you through the various courses of a most delectable virtual meal. Join us for a truly noteworthy taste sensation.
  • Join Doreen at the Manitoba Writers’ Guild Thursday, June 20th, from 6-8 pm for a two-hour coaching session on how to build and market your blog, book, and your writing brand. Details here.
  • Following the summer, we’ll resume chocolate tasting classes at McNally Robinson Booksellers on Grant Avenue in Winnipeg with the Sept 13th class being in celebration of International Chocolate Day. Join us for a taste of the world of chocolate. I’m sure I’ll have something special in store for you. Call (204) 453-0424 (ext 250) to reserve your spot or for more information on any of these classes or register online via the Community Classroom’s online page at this link.
  • We’ll finish off 2019 with our holiday season Chocolate Tasting at McNally Robinson on Friday, December 6th from 7-9 pm. Call (204) 453-0424 (ext 250) to reserve your spot or for more information on any of these classes or register online via the Community Classroom’s online page at this link.
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chocolatour events include customized chocolate tours

Breaking News! Doreen will be leading a small group of chocolate lovers to Costa Rica, January 11-19, 2020. Further details will soon be revealed, but save the dates for now, and be sure to subscribe to this site so that you can get in on this amazing customized Chocolatour to one of the world’s best chocolate destinations.

Chocolatour is not just about eating chocolate. It is about engaging in cocoa culture, and experiencing the world of chocolate and cacao through:

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Touring cacao farms on the Hawaiian Islands is fascinating. It’s really cool to see the cocoa pods ripening on the cacao trees.

  • visits to cocoa farms and plantations;
  • partaking in chocolate events, attractions, and diversions; and
  • meeting some of the world’s finest and most creative chocolate makers and chocolatiers, seeing the places that inspire them, and of course, tasting their delicious chocolate creations.
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This is the setting of the Original Hawaiian Chocolate Factory where the cocoa is grown and made into chocolate all on the same site.

 

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Enjoying delicacies such as these makes for a truly incredible chocolate journey.

 

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The cocoa-dusted Macadamia nuts from Big Island Candies in Hawaii are one of my favourite chocolate treats.

During chocolate travels with Doreen, we meet small chocolate makers and tour larger factories as well. And we might be treated to a Sacred Cacao Ceremony by a local cacao enthusiast, farmer or chocolate maker who will take us inside the mystical world of cacao.

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We enjoyed the sacred Mayan cacao ceremony at the CHOCO-story museum in Uxmal, Mexico that paid tribute to cacao.

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SPAGnVOLA Chocolatier is based in Maryland, USA, and grows their cacao in the Dominican Republic.

I feel very fortunate to be immersed in the world of chocolate travel and very soon, hope to be your host on an amazing customized Chocolatour chocolate tour. Stay tuned for details about the January, 2020, trip to Costa Rica we are planning. It is sure to be amazing.

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