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12:00 pm
$5/Free for Members
Part of the Winter Talk series, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial

Native to Central and South America, the seed pod of the cacao tree goes through quite the transformation to become the familiar confection chocolate. Kate McAleer of Bixby & Co takes guests on a trip around the world to discover how the botanical qualities of cacao allow it to become chocolate, how it is processed, traded, and made into the candy bar in your hands.

Kate McAleer is an owner and founder of Bixby & Co., an artisan confectionary producer located in Rockland, Maine.  She studied at New York University and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.  Since co-founding Bixby in 2011, she has won several awards and fellowships for entrepreneurs in Maine.