Monthly chocolate subscription club Cocoa Runners will begin the proceedings, pairing six different bean to bar chocolates with specially selected after-dinner wines.
Cocoa Runners run around the world searching for the world's best single estate craft chocolate bars, crafted in small batches using simple, quality ingredients. Just as with cheese and its milk, and wine and its grapes, the key to great chocolate starts with amazing beans - and all too require a knack for craft. Cocoa Runners will go under the hood of craft chocolate bars, looking in detail at the intricacies of cacao genetics, harvest, fermentation, vintages, conching and roasting, and examining how each stage of cacao production can affect the flavour of a bar.
This will be followed by a pairing of three different chocolates with three Neal's Yard Dairy cheeses, chosen for their complementary profiles and highlighting how to pair based on specific flavours and tastes.
Three further cheeses will then be paired with dessert wines to round off the evening, with an introduction to the styles, milks and techniques involved in making each cheese.
You will be given a tasting sheet with room to make notes. Attendees will be offered a 10% discount valid for one month on all cheese purchases made in Neal's Yard Dairy shops or online. This tasting is designed to serve as a hearty dessert and includes a cheese and chocolate plate as well as crackers and accompaniments. As alcohol is served, all attendees must be over 18 years of age.