On Sunday, Feb. 8, in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, Pastry Chef Evan Sheridan will host the second Artisan Confections Series at the Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina.

The event will feature a cooking demonstration, tastings, and industry intelligence featuring Videri Chocolate Factory. In keeping with the hotel’s quest to celebrate great local and regional purveyors, the event will shine a light on Sam Ratto, a partner in Videri, whose chocolate factory is located in Raleigh.

Staged in The Umstead’s Salon room from 3 to 5 p.m., guests will be introduced to Ratto’s process of purchasing select beans from a handful of cacao plantations in Central and South America. These fair-trade and organic beans are turned into delicious, hand-crafted bar chocolate with the addition of cocoa butter and organic sugar.

Next, Chef Sheridan will use Videri’s 75 percent Trinidadian Chocolate to whip up a chocolate mousse, ideal for home entertaining. Guests will also get to sample other fine sweets and ask questions of Mr. Ratto and Chef Sheridan.

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