If you’re planning a visit to Greater Raleigh, one of the most luxurious hotels I recommend staying at is The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Luckily, The Umstead Hotel and Spa caters to Foodies. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s new discovery series, Artisan Confections. Its new pastry chef, Evan Sheridan will be featuring cooking demonstrations, tastings and industry intel.

Sheridan_Evan_84A6781The first event of the Artisan Confections series is on Sept. 14 from 3-4:30pm and will feature special guest Hallot Parson of Raleigh’s Escazú Artisan Chocolates. During this event, Chef Evan and Hallot will cover more information about “bean-to-bar” practices while attendees sample delicious chocolates, including Escazú’s newest micro-batch creation, “1631.” This new chocolate was inspired by the first-known chocolate drinking recipe, originating in Spain.

barsThe Artisan Confections class will include a demonstration of The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s coveted Crème Brûlée recipe, which is a crowd favorite at its restaurant, Herons. This recipe features Escazu’s goats milk chocolate. The best part about the class is that you get to ask Chef Evan and Hallot questions while sampling from an indulgent display station of chocolates, assorted desserts and Champagne.

The Artisan Confections series will continue with special events for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and more. Each class is $55 inclusive of tax and gratuity. If you’d like to attend one of these great Foodie classes, make reservations by calling 919.447.4000.