Come to the Dark Side with PCA!
Join us for a PCA-Members Only event at Pitch Dark Chocolate for a chocolate tasting and workshop with Brian Flick, owner and chocolatier. Pitch Dark Chocolate is a unique bean-to-bar chocolate company that produces chocolate bars, drinking chocolate, and specialty chocolates and confections as well as bulk chocolate for pastry and culinary professionals.
Brian will walk us through his entire process, from sourcing cocoa beans to roasting,refining, and tempering chocolate. His methodology is one that prizes both traditional methods and sustainable relationships with small cacao farmers as well as scientific practices that ensure the most consistent and highest quality chocolate possible on a small scale.
Not only will we learn about the fascinating and complex processes by which craft chocolate is made, but we will also have the opportunity to taste the four unique chocolate bars that Pitch Dark currently produces. Brian will walk us through a guided tasting, explaining in detail how a chocolatier working in tandem with a cacao farmer can manipulate cocoa beans to produce dramatically different chocolates.
Date: Wednesday, September 10th 7pm
Location: Pitch Dark Chocolate Shop – 5353 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland OR 97213
Cost: Free to members
RSVP: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
**PCA members only: due to space restrictions, this is a member only event. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email email@example.com. We would love to have you join our organization!
Let’s HOP to it and save the date for the PCA’s annual summer potluck picnic!
This year we are taking our picnic baskets on the road to Goschie Farms nestled in the Willamette Valley near Silverton. This century-old hop farm is home to 500 acres of sustainably grown hops and 600 acres of grass seed, corn, wheat and wine grapes.
Our host will be Gayle Goschie, a fourth-generation family farmer. Gayle will guide us on a tour of the farm and hops harvest, including a look at hops on the drying floor. 85% of Goschie Farms hops are sold to the craft brewing industry and is the first hop farm to be certified “Salmon Safe.”
Please come ready to share your culinary talents by signing up to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert. The PCA Board will provide the meat and vegetarian options for the grill. This is a BYOB event! Please remember to let us know on our Facebook event what you are bringing!
Date: Sunday, August 24th
Start Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Goschie Farms, 7365 Meridian Road, NE, Silverton, OR 97381
Member Price: $12
Non-member Price: $16
Join the Portland Culinary Alliance at Cheese Bar on Tuesday, July 29th for a summer happy hour and special olive oil tasting.
Special guests Rebecca and Michel Ponzi will be joining us and offering tastes of their newly-launched Casal Cristiana Italian extra-virgin olive oil. Come hear their story, taste their olive oil and learn about this special EVOO. For your dipping pleasure, PCA board member and pastry chef, Amelia Lane, will be making her spectacular focaccia. It’s a non-hosted event, but you won’t go hungry with homemade focaccia and CCEVOO!
Feel free to bring a friend in the culinary world. Everyone welcome — from blogger to barista, chef to caterer.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
6031 SE Belmont, Portland 97215
Please RSVP by email so we know you are coming!
Free to attend.
Food, wine and beer are available for purchase. And as always, we encourage you to support the restaurant or business by ordering drinks and nibbles and by tipping generously.