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History of Chocolate Lecture and Tasting | News Release | City of Alexandria

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History of Chocolate Lecture and Tasting

August 4th at The Lyceum


On Thursday, August 4, Dave Borghesani, the chocolate historian for Mars Chocolate North America, will lecture about the history of chocolate in America and how it became an integral part of our everyday life.  Following this lecture, there will be a special tasting of food and drinks that have made with Mars’ AMERICAN HERITAGE® Historic Chocolate.

AMERICAN HERITAGE® Historic Chocolate is based on recipes from the 1750s, which allows people to taste and experience chocolate as it was enjoyed by our Founding Fathers. AMERICAN HERITAGE® Historic Chocolate is available for purchase at The Lyceum, as well as Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

The chocolate lecture will begin at 7 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., and tickets are $25.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit preservation of two important firefighting vehicles on display at Friendship Firehouse Museum: the Rodgers Suction Engine, built in 1851, and the Prettyman Hose Carriage, built in Alexandria in 1858.

Mr. Borghesani is a graduate of Gettysburg College where he majored in history.  He  joined Mars and has spent 30 years serving the company in both internal sales support and field sales roles. He has worked with the AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate team for more than three years, researching and telling the story of chocolate and the role that it has played in the history of societies for more than 3,500 years.

Mr. Borghesani has spoken to groups at museums and historic sites, including Betsy Ross House, Colonial Williamsburg, and Monticello; the National Archives; and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and National Museum of the American Indian, tracing how chocolate made its way from the Amazon to households of pre-colonial era Americans. When asked why the subject of chocolate is so fascinating, Borghesani will tell you, “Chocolate has been a part of the fabric of American lives for over 300 years.”

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