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The Santa Monica Chocolate Society

Tastings, Discussions & Guests

The Santa Monica Chocolate Society is a club of sorts that celebrates and savors the finest, rarest, most delicious chocolates on Earth.

We gather on the first Thursday of each month to taste regional bean-to-bar chocolates and meet, often with a guest speaker, ranging from cacao farmers to the craft chocolate makers themselves.

Led by The Gourmandise School chocolate expert Ruth Kennison, the group is inspired by her many adventures across the equatorial “chocolate belt” and her work with craft chocolate makers. At each gathering, Ruth shares whatever’s fresh and exciting from her wonder cabinet of carefully curated bars and bonbons. Interested in more? Read our blog posts about tips and resources for buying craft and baking chocolates.

Vive la Révolution!

A new generation of craft chocolate makers is reinventing the way we produce and eat chocolate. Like beer and coffee, these specialty makers take great care with each step of their process, from who’s growing the beans (and whether farmers are being paid fairly) to subtle nuances of flavor through roasting, fermentation and other techniques. These small-batch artisans aim to bring quality and transparency back to a chocolate industry dominated by giant megabrands that mass-produce confections for consistency of taste and high profit. In the new chocolate revolution, the focus is on fairness, freshness and flavor. No Bonbon Will Be Left Behind!

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A Taste of The Northwest Chocolate Festival

Thursday, December 7th |  7pm-8:30pm

The Northwest Chocolate Festival in Seattle is an annual gathering of the world’s top chocolate makers and influencers.  Festival regular Chocolatier Ruth Kennison returns with an armful of festival stand outs.  Learn what’s new in the craft chocolate scene and taste the best bars the festival has to offer!


Blind and Sensory Chocolate Tasting Experience

Thursday, January 11th |  7pm-8:30pm

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Join celebrated chocolate educator Ruth Kennison (owner of The Chocolate Project) as she guides you through a unique chocolate tasting experience. You will use all of your senses except that of sight as you more deeply experience the aromas, textures and flavors of single origins chocolates.


For the Love of Chocolate: How and Why We Love Chocolate

Thursday, February 1st |  7pm-8:30pm

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Join celebrated chocolate educator Ruth Kennison (owner of The Chocolate Project) as she guides you the science of cacao through a chocolate tasting experience like no other.