The Fine Chocolate and Cacao Institute, founded by Harvard Professor Carla Martin, will hold its FCCI Origin Series: United States event virtually today at 11 a.m., featuring Kaua‘i’s Lydgate Farms.
Will Lydgate from Lydgate Farms will represent the U.S. as an outstanding cacao farmer and hold a conversation along with chocolate-maker Dylan Butterbaugh of Manoa Chocolate on O‘ahu, Carla Martin of the FCCI and Harvard University, Jose Lopez Ganem of the FCCI and Harvard University, pastry chef Steven Durfee of the Culinary Institute of America and mixologist Christie Dufault of the Culinary Institute of America.
“I am floored to have the opportunity to represent the United States again with Lydgate Farms cacao,” Will Lydgate said. “Specialty chocolate is such a new and exciting world. It’s an honor to be a part of it, and I am even more humbled that our hard work has led to this kind of national recognition. I mean, when do you get to represent your country? This must be what being in the Olympics feels like.”
Mayor Derek Kawakami will deliver a pre-recorded address to all the attendees, followed by a presentation on the history of chocolate in Hawai‘i by Martin. Then Lydgate will lead a short trip around the farm, chocolate-maker Butterbaugh will lead a short factory tour. Culinary Institute of America faculty will present pastries and mixed drinks using Lydgate Farms products, and a discussion will follow.
The FCCI Origin Series United States will take place at 11 a.m. Virtual tickets are $35 and can be found at FCCI’s Eventbrite site: https://bit.ly/34MrjXE