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SIR #53 to hear about the history of chocolate Oakmont East Recreation Center

Wednesday March 22nd - 11:00am

The history and delight of a bite of chocolate will be explored at the March 22 luncheon of Sons in Retirement (SIR) Branch #53 at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center.

David Gambill, who turned his love for chocolate into a career about 10 years ago, will discuss the best way to taste chocolate, how wine and chocolate are alike, and the health benefits of chocolate. He’ll also cover who first enjoyed chocolate, how a seed transforms “to a bit of heaven on your tongue,” how chocolate can fight cavities and senility, and the difference between a chocolatier and a chocolate maker.

After a career in international environmental policy and conservation, Gambill decided to turn his 25 years making chocolate for fun into a business as a chocolatier. He and his wife started Sonoma Chocolatiers in 2008. “We have a lot of fun creating new flavor combinations, finding new ways to make the chocolates look good and watching the reaction of customers as they bite into one of our chocolates for the first time,” he said. Using only dark chocolate to make their treats, they’ve been voted the Best Chocolatier in Sonoma County for the last nine years.

SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.