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OPENING NIGHT: A History of Chocolate: Talk and Tasting

Lecture | October 2 | 6-8 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden


Botanical Garden


Join Brian as he provides an introduction to the biology and history of cacao, from it’s earliest known domestication in prehistoric times through it’s global dispersal during Colonial Era and the modern agricultural powerhouse that it is today. Hear about the contemporary processes that turn raw cacao beans into chocolate and learn how to become an ethical chocolate buyer and fine-chocolate connoisseur.

About the Presenter:
Brian Hockaday is a botanist with a strong interest in food. Brian received his degree in ethnobotany from The Colorado College, where he studied issues facing cacao cultivation, land distribution, and rural-urban flight along the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border. After working as a field botanist for a number of years in environmental consulting, Brian worked in the chocolate industry for Dandelion Chocolate in San Francisco. Brian is now further pursuing his interests in plant geography and bioinformatics and is an active volunteer at UC’s University and Jepson Herbaria.


 $25 / $20 members

Register online, or by calling 510-643-2755, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu.


gardenprograms@berkeley.edu, 510-643-2755