The History of Hot Chocolate in Maryland Topic of Maryland Historical Society Lecture On February 3rd

Baltimore, MD- (Jan. 28, 2011)- The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) presents its first lecture of 2011 with “Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate –the history and demonstration of chocolate from bean to drink and the silver implements used.”  The event will take place Thursday February 3rd at 6 pm at MdHS, 201 W. Monument St., Baltimore, MD in France Hall. A reception will follow the talk. MdHS members pay $35; non-members pay $50, which includes an annual membership. RSVP to Elizabeth Stafford,, and 410-685-3750 x 337.
In colonial America only the rich drank hot chocolate and thought of it as a health food. This, first of a series of Francis Scott Key lectures, will present Susan McLellan Plaisted of Heart to Hearth Cookery and Mark B. Letzer of MdHS.  Plaisted will focus on the history of chocolate in Maryland and will demonstrate how coco beans were turned into hot chocolate by hand in colonial America.  Letzer will focus on the exquisite silver pots that were used to decant hot chocolate in colonial Maryland.  Guests will taste this traditional beverage from historic silver pieces that are part of the MdHS collection.