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Fort Ticonderoga Presents “Chocolate Covered History” Symposium

September 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Adirondack News

Enjoy a Spirited Weekend of Chocolate and History Oct. 12-13!

Experience the irresistible aroma and flavor of the past in a weekend-long celebration of chocolate, wine, and spirits, October 12-13 at Fort Ticonderoga’s “Chocolate Covered History” Symposium. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the origins of chocolate and its role in the 18th century military history of Fort Ticonderoga. The weekend event combines wines, spirits, chocolate, and history and includes a Veuve Clicquot Champagne and dessert reception, full day symposium, and gala dinner. “Chocolate Covered History” is designed for lovers of food, wine and spirits, chocolate and history! To learn more about this must-experience (and must-taste!) event visit Chocolate Covered History Symposium or call 518-585-2821.

Chocolate and SpiritsThe day-long symposium includes presentations on the role chocolate played throughout history, including its 18th century use at outposts like Fort Ticonderoga. Breakout sessions will provide opportunities to taste various foods prepared using American Heritage Chocolate, an authentic colonial chocolate recipe made only from ingredients available in the 18th century, made by Mars Chocolate.

“We are excited about this symposium,” said Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga’s President. “Simple pleasures such as the taste of chocolate or wine is not a new-found enjoyment. For centuries people have enjoyed chocolate and various pairings to create drinks, ice cream, and an assortment of other recipes. The goal of ‘Chocolate Covered History’ is to connect our guests with our story through the tastes and aromas of chocolate and find new audiences who learn about their connection to the past.”

Following a Friday evening champagne-dessert reception at The Sagamore Resort, October 12, the symposium will begin on Saturday, October 13, at Fort Ticonderoga with Chocolate in the Americas: Connecting History from the Amazon to New England presented by Rodney Snyder, Chocolate History Research, Director for Mars Chocolate, NA, Mars Incorporated. Christopher Fox, Curator of Collections at Fort Ticonderoga, will present the second session entitled Breakfasting on Chocolate: Chocolate in the Military During the French & Indian War and American Revolution. Afternoon breakout sessions include Wine and Chocolate: Perfect Pairing led by Janine Stowell of Banfi Vintners; Baking with American Heritage Chocolate with Chef Gail Sokol; Tuthilltown Spirits Whiskey Seminar with Ralph Erenzo, Co-Founder of Tuthilltown Spirits; and A Revolution in Chocolate: 18th-Century Energy Drink, led by Fort Ticonderoga’s Director of Interpretation, Stuart Lilie.

“Chocolate Covered History” will be topped off with a Saturday evening gala at The Sagamore Resort and will include a cocktail reception and four course meal integrating chocolate into every recipe. Guests will have a once in a life-time opportunity to enjoy dishes such as Native Corn Stew paired with Chocolate Dusted Pine Island Oysters; Preserved Ducking, Pickled Fall Vegetables, Dandelion Greens with Chocolate Huckleberry Conserve; and Lavender and Knotweed Honey Marinated Lamb Chops with Roasted Rutabaga Mash and Chocolate Sassafras Sauce. Rum Spiked Chocolate Cake with Bergamot Tea Infused Pumpkin Custard and Mulled Cider Glaze will complete the meal. Each dish will be paired with appropriate wines to create an unforgettable evening.

Monies raised through the “Chocolate Covered History” symposium and gala will support Fort Ticonderoga’s educational and interpretive programs. Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum whose mission is to ensure that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history.

“Chocolate Covered History” is presented in partnership with The Sagamore Resort in Bolton Landing, NY and American Heritage Chocolate, and Fort Ticonderoga. A variety of symposium event pricing is available including symposium only options as well as package pricing. Guests attending “Chocolate Covered History” will enjoy special hotel rates at The Sagamore. The historic resort commands a stunning view of Lake George, and will be location for the Friday night reception and Saturday evening gala. The Sagamore will provide transportation to the symposium at Fort Ticonderoga on Saturday. For room reservations call The Sagamore at 1-866-385-6221 or 518-644-9400 and ask for the Chocolate Covered History Rates-Fort Ticonderoga (reference code 51U4PO). A limited number of rooms are reserved. Early registration is suggested.

Additional “Chocolate Covered History” sponsors include Amtrak, William Grant & Sons, Banfi Vintners, Veuve Clicquot Champagne, and Tuthilltown Spirits.

America’s Fort
Located on Lake Champlain in the beautiful 6 million acre Adirondack Park, Fort Ticonderoga is a not-for-profit historic site and museum that ensures that present and future generations learn from the struggles, sacrifices, and victories that shaped the nations of North America and changed world history. Serving the public since 1909, Fort Ticonderoga engages more than 70,000 visitors annually and is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Fort Ticonderoga’s history. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Fort Ticonderoga offers programs, historic interpretation, tours, demonstrations, and exhibits throughout the year and is open for daily visitation May 18 through October 18. The 2012 season features the Fort’s newest exhibit Bullets & Blades: The Weapons of America’s Colonial Wars and Revolution which highlights over 150 of the museum’s most important weapons and is a comprehensive and expanded reinterpretation of its world renowned historic arms collection! Visit for a full list of ongoing programs or call 518-585-2821. Funding for the 2012 season is provided in part by Amtrak. Visit Fort Ticonderoga Directions for a special 2 for 1 Amtrak offer! Fort Ticonderoga is located at 100 Fort Ti Road, Ticonderoga, New York.

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