Chocolat Uzma Sharif

Lower West Side,Pilsen,South Branch Addition,West and Near West Side

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Third-generation chocolatier teaches students how to choose and work with chocolate, yielding a box of candies to take home

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Promotional value expires Nov 21, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required; subject to availability. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. 24-hour cancellation notice required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

According to a recent survey, people have listed chocolate as their preferred cause of death, followed closely by money avalanche. Get one foot in the tastiest grave with this Groupon.

Choose from Three Options

  • $75 for a BYOB Chocolate 101 class for one, including a box of chocolate to take home (a $200 value)
  • $149 for a BYOB Chocolate 101 class for two, including a box of chocolate for each to take home (a $400 value)
  • $499 for a private, BYOB Chocolate 101 class for up to 12 (up to a $2,400 value)<p>

In a 2.5-hour class, students learn how to choose chocolate, what raw chocolate tastes like, where it comes from, and how it’s tempered. They may also make truffles, candies, and chocolate bars. Nonprivate classes are capped at eight students each. Certain classes are BYOB; Chocolat Uzma Sharif will confirm this when clients call to make their reservation. Drinkware is not provided for these classes.<p>

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During her rotations as a pastry chef in culinary school, Uzma Sharif caught the eye of her head chef by drizzling chocolate with the same technique she used to decorate hands with henna. “You’re going to be a great success with that someday,” he predicted. The roots of her talents as a chocolatier go back even deeper, however. In Pakistan, her pastry-chef grandfather was well known for his delicate pink macaroons, and her mother and seven aunts each inherited their father’s baking skills. In January 2011, Uzma followed in her family members' footsteps, founding her own shop to purvey her hand-crafted chocolate creations as Chocolat Uzma Sharif.

These confections brim with unexpected ingredients, such as candied rose petals, Kashmiri chai, and cardamom, or glow with floral colors, such as the pinks and blues on the ombre butterflies that are Uzma's current favorite. The chocolatier handpicks the ingredients that go into her sweet creations, choosing all-natural, organic options when possible. Focused on perfecting a small selection of goods, she makes her chocolates in small batches and packages them in eco-friendly boxes she’s designed herself.

During chocolate classes at her Pilsen kitchen, Uzma teaches students about the origins of raw chocolate and the science behind making a bar with the right sheen and snap. Uzma also shares methods for choosing good chocolate from store shelves, starting with deciphering the percentages on the label and asking it whether it’s been naughty or nice.

Customer Reviews

The class was fun and laid back, but we learned a lot and made some fabulous chocolates in the process. We'll definitely be back.
Erika R. · October 29, 2012
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You guys are so sweet!! Thank you for attending the class i appreciate it.
Merchant replied · September 18, 2012
Had an great time. Part of having a great time in the kitchen, is all about having a great environment. Chef Uzma provided a personal hand on approach , while simultaneously being a host to groups of people coming around for the Open House. The class is a prefect welcome to anyone looking to dive into the world of chocolate making.
Warren P. · October 10, 2012
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You guys are so sweet!! Thank you for attending the class i appreciate it.
Merchant replied · September 18, 2012
Thank you Uzma. We really enjoyed our experience. We look forward to returning for a visit the next time we are in Chicago. Jeff and Monica
Jeff · September 12, 2012
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You guys are so sweet!! Thank you for attending the class i appreciate it.
Merchant replied · September 18, 2012

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