Get Ready: Chocolate Collective Planning Workshops to Re-Open
It feels great to be busy again!
Thanks to new Government guidelines, lockdown easing, and the collective effort of the whole of the UK to get the Covid-19 virus under control, I’m thrilled to be planning my phased re-opening.
It goes without saying that things won’t be exactly the same as before, and I’ve been working hard to make some changes that will keep everyone safe, but still ensure my workshops are as fun and chocolatey as they were before.
My Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Workshops, along with my Corporate and Celebration Workshops will be the first to re-open, hopefully within the next couple of months. After these are established, I’m hoping I will then be able to re-open my Children’s Parties, Schools Workshops, and Out of School Workshops.
My top priority is the safety of my novice chocolatiers and my staff; not forgetting everyone’s enjoyment and fun.
The Government has set out strict guidelines about how to operate and I am following them to the letter! So, here’s what you can expect from a new Deluxe Chocolate Truffle Workshop…
Just as before, the workshop begins with a history of chocolate and production process from bean to bar. You will then be shown how to create delicious Belgian truffles by hand from raw chocolate ingredients. Under Chocolate Collective's expert guidance, you will then learn how to mix, pipe, cut, shape, coat, and finally package your very own delicious Belgian chocolate truffles.
The main changes that will be put in place to keep us all safe are:
- Workshops will be limited to a maximum of 20 people so that I can ensure safe social distancing.
- All workstation tables will be placed 3m-4m apart.
- Each workstation table will be placed individually, not in long line format we used before.
- Workstation tables can accommodate up to 4 people, if they are from the same household or ‘bubble’.
- I will use a central table stocked with extra equipment and ingredients for attendees to collect individually, instead of handing them out as before.
Despite these precautions, those taking part will still have plenty of opportunity to chat, laugh and interact in a safe way with other participants.
After the worry, stress and anxiety of the last few months, I think we all deserve some relaxing me-time, doing something fun, new and creative. So many things have been taken away from us during this period of isolation, but thankfully chocolate has always been there to provide us with comfort and pleasure. Now, as lockdown begins to ease, we can take that enjoyment further and get back to relishing all the amazing attributes of chocolate, alongside other people in a safe and social environment.
The last few months have been challenging for us all, but they have also shown us just how caring and supportive people can be. I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me while I had to temporarily close Chocolate Collective. All of those people who continued to read my Chocolate Blog, and chat to me through Facebook and Instagram, your continued fascination with chocolate really helped me get through this worrying time.
And, I also want to thank all my lovely Chocolate Collective customers who had already booked on to my workshops or corporate events, that I was forced to postpone. Likewise, a big thank you to the hen parties who have transferred their bookings to later in the year and into 2021. Your understanding and patience has been amazing! I’m hoping it won’t be long before I’m flinging open my doors again and welcoming you all back. I am so excited to meet you all and thank you in person.
So, if you’ve been inspired by my chocolate musings throughout lockdown, or you simply fancy a change from making banana bread, head over to my upcoming chocolate workshops page or get in touch to book a workshop or find out more information.