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Chester County Chocolate Sommelier Hosts Virtual Tasting

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Photo courtesy of Estelle Tracy

Estelle Tracy has two events planned in October.

Like many people, Estelle Tracy loves chocolate. And who can blame her? The Chester County resident challenged herself in 2015 to sample 37 domestic chocolates by her 37th birthday. It unlocked a love like no other, and she’s been educating people on the art of chocolate ever since.

Now a chocolate sommelier, Tracy is offering a pair of two-hour virtual tastings—Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m.where you’ll learn about a brand, experience pairings and talk to the chocolatiers. The tasting spotlights Qantu, an award-winning Canadian chocolate made in Montreal. Qantu’s Elfi and Maxime Maldonado will be part of the event. The couple met over chocolate, and it’s been a part of their lives ever since. They began their endeavor in 2017 after a visit to a chocolate plantation in Peru. Inspired by the way chocolate shaped the Peruvian farmers’ lives, the Maldonado’s oversee the entire process from “bean to bar.”

The $52 ticket price includes three unique dark-chocolate Qantu blends that are soy and dairy free. So they can be shipped to your home in time, tickets must be purchased a week in advance. Tracy also offers a list of fruits, teas and wines to pair with the chocolate.

You can learn more about Tracy’s passion in her blog, 37 Chocolates.