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Mon, February 12, 2018

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST

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Institute Of Culinary Education

225 Liberty Street

3rd Floor

New York, NY 10281

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New York City has been a hub of chocolate manufacturing for centuries. In the mid-1700s, small, independent producers ground cocoa beans for local neighborhoods; later, chocolate was produced in mills that also turned out flour, mustard, oils, and paints; and in the nineteenth century, chocolate manufacturers clustered in lower Manhattan, creating a golden age of chocolate production in New York. But as smaller firms were absorbed by larger ones, and as manufacturing of all kinds left Manhattan, chocolate manufacturing disappeared, only to return decades later with the recent rise of small-batch craft producers. Michael Laiskonis will discuss how chocolate making in New York came full circle.

A chocolate tasting will precede the talk.

Michael Laiskonis was Executive Pastry Chef at Le Bernardin restaurant for eight years. He teaches and mentors future chefs, writes about food, and consults for major food industry companies. Michael Laiskonis launched the bean-to-bar Chocolate Lab at ICE in 2015.

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19th Century Society/Steam Punk presents:

Occultism: From the Farthest Reaches to the 19th century Parlor.

In the 19th century, the America was at the forefront of “new, industrial age” challenging old, constrictive notions business, society and etiquette.  New discoveries world wide of ancient civilizations and spirituality, the influx and assimilation of new cultures fanned the flames of what would become the Occult movement.  Drawing from African, Egyptian, Creole, Eastern and Western European & Asian sources:  Divination, Seances, Tarot, Crystal Ball, Palmistry, Phrenology,  Tea Leaves, Runes, Astrology, Intuitive readings of all forms took center stage in the upscale and burgeoning middle class Parlors of America.  Beginning as leisure time entertainment these ancient arts and beliefs laid the groundwork for the “new Occult age” : encouraging Americans to challenge old, constrictive notions of religion, science and society.

Join B.Ber, noted New York City Lecturer, Lightworker, Metaphysical Practitioner & Teacher to explore the multi-layered and intracate causes, effects and ramifications of Occultism in the 1900’s and it’s current incarnation, Spiritualism, today.

B.Ber will be available to read Tarot on site for the remainder of the day.

B teaches Metaphysical Arts & Sciences in private master classes to Healers and Professionals plus open Workshops through Alchemy Moderne in New York City.  B. Ber’s private practice for divination, Lightwork, Life Consultation house is Redboxjadecompany.com   Host of Mystic.NYC podcasts, facilitates her world wide clients and students exploration the diverse and interconnected of the Metaphysical and Physical worlds

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