he Chocolate Queen is teaching

July 2008

If you haven't been to Dylan Roden's remarkable shop Blackamoor Confections (75 The Kingsway, Kingsgrove, Ph 9150 8441) because you don't know where Kingsgrove is or whatever reason, get a map and get over it.

It is one of Sydney's most eccentric and rewarding experiences (the column is full of them this month - one more to come). First and foremost, Dylan is a chocolate maker and her chocolates are as wonderfully whacky as the shop itself: sit on filigreed chairs among chandeliers and waving palms and eat her delicious creations at faux marble tables. Drink tea or hot chocolate. But the news is that she has begun to teach for the local Loftus TAFE, chocolate making to certificate 4 students but also post trade - and that can be you - at Blackamoor.

A 16-hour course spread over four hours by four weeks, at the end of which you'll be able to make chocolates for yourself. And we promise you, with Dylan teaching, it'll be enormous fun. There is also a series of Sunday Workshops alternating between chocolate making (Dylan), wine appreciation (Mike Cooper of Classical Wines) and coffee (Peter Brawn from Gourmet Gold Roasters). Starting at 9.30am, with breakfast, lunch and arvo tea thrown in, the education is all over before lunch and then with lunch there will be, in Dylan's words "a few glasses of pleasure" and after lunch in each instance prac work - for the chocolate day you'll learn tempering, ganache, dipping and moulding.

Then finish the day with a glass of bubbly and a nibble. If you're in the chocolate-making course, go home with the chocolates you've made yourself. Insurance assessors! Bank tellers! Brain surgeons! Wouldn't you rather be making chocolate? Ring Susan Donohoe from Loftus TAFE on 9710 5824 for all the details.

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