Presidents' Day Weekend Celebration!

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center

Chocolate: The Exhibition NOW CLOSED! Join us in July for our upcoming special exhibit The Horse


Join us for the Presidents' Day Weekend Celebration featuring Chocolate: The Exhibition  at Natural History Museum of Utah! Celebrate with:

  • Chocolate Tastings: Taste different kinds of chocolate and learn about the process of making chocolate.
  • Grind cacao using a traditional Mexican mano and metate.
  • Test local pot sherds for chocolate residue.
  • Contribute to the Museum's community art piece by crafting your favorite chocolate memory.
  • Chocolate experts on hand sharing their knowledge of the plant, the products, and the culture of chocolate. 
  • Free chocolate samples!

Join us for a Chocolate Blast! Learn about chocolate from local chocolate experts!  Join us for a 15-minute mini-lecture and 15-minute Q&A on a variety of topics such as: the history of chocolate, the process of making chocolate, current archeological research focusing on chocolate residue on Fremont pottery, and Utah’s amazing chocolate scene.

Chocolate Blast! Presenters:


Matt Caputo - CEO of Caputo’s Deli in Salt Lake City, Matt Caputo is widely known in international chocolate circles as one of the most influential figures in the American chocolate industry.

Saturday, February 15 at 1:30 pm





Amano Chocolate  Located high in Utah's Wasatch Mountain range in the heart of the Rockies, Amano is dedicated to creating some of the world's most exquisite chocolate through traditional techniques.

Saturday, February 15 at 3:30 pm

Sunday, February 16 at 3:30 pm



Dana Brewster - Owner of Millcreek Cacao Roasters - Dana is passionate about life, food and love. She has owned Millcreek Coffee Roasters for two decades and brings her nuanced palate and expertise in coffee roasting to Millcreek's farm to bar chocolate experience.

Sunday, February 16 at 1:30 pm



Brian Ruggles - Founder of the Utah Chocolate Society

Monday, February 17 at 1:30 pm




AJ Wentworth - Owner of the Chocolate Conspiracy - Combining the knowledge of traditional philosophies with modern concepts like the USDA food pyramid, the glycemic index, the Zone diet and raw food, and an especially strong attraction to raw cacao, AJ Wentworth has developed his business, learning to manufacture chocolate with old traditions, in a new way. 

Monday, February 17 at 3:30 pm




*Activites begin at 12pm and end at 4 pm. 

Be sure to take the opportunity to experience our featured special exhibit from the Field Museum! Chocolate: The Exhibition is an eye opening and mouth watering experience that will be sure to engage the senses and reveal aspects of this sumptuous sweet that you've never thought about before. 


Activities included in Museum Admission, chocolate tastings are $1 per person-seats are limited for the chocolate tastings.