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Zach Townsend

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Become a cacao master at a workshop alongside seasoned chocolatier, New York Times contributor, and dessert chef Zach Townsend

The Fine Print

Expires Apr 6th, 2014. This is a deal to purchase a ticket. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 6 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

What You’ll Do

From decadent ganache fillings to sumptuous truffles, the world of fine chocolate is as immense as it is delicious. Decode this savory treat at a tasting and cooking class with Zach Townsend, a leading authority on the scene who’s made his mark everywhere from Paris to the New York Times to a former president’s dessert table. The experience kicks off with a tasting of Zach’s personal favorite chocolates as you learn their history and cacao percentages before heading to the kitchen to craft dark-chocolate sauces from the very flavor profiles you’ve just sampled.

  • Taste Several High-Quality Chocolates
    Sample gourmet chocolates as you learn about chocolate history, cacao percentages, and what differentiates fine sweets from the rest

  • Make Your Own Fillings
    Learn how to perfect ganache for chocolate sauces, truffles, and cake fillings, and leave with the recipes

  • Work Alongside a Master Chocolatier
    Owner of Pure Chocolate Desserts by Zach, Zach Townsend has more than 25 years of experience and contributes to leading cookbooks and magazines

The experience lasts three hours. Each event is capped at eight participants; each event requires a minimum of six participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Zach Townsend Zach Townsend
Founder, Pure Chocolate Desserts by Zach

Zach Townsend’s 25 years of chocolate-drenched accomplishments touches all aspects of the industry, from running his acclaimed businesses, Pure Chocolate Desserts by Zach and Dallas Chocolate Classes, to his contributions to the 2010 IACP Cookbook of the Year Rose’s Heavenly Cakes and the New York Times microblog on cake. Zach spent time studying dessert trends and refining his technique at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, the French Pastry School, and at Ecole Chocolat, where he earned a degree. Along with his other impressive cacao achievements, Zach’s sumptuous chocolate desserts were served to former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush by request.


Where You'll Meet

The event will be held at a Carrollton residence. The exact address will be shared after purchase.


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    Zach Townsend

    Banbury Lane

    Carrollton, TX 75006

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