|Rachel. Barb and Chris with Palace Food Historian, Marc Meltonville|
|Visiting Hampton Court in 2015, ready to see the chocolate rooms|
When we visited Hampton Court in the Fall of 2015, we saw the chocolate rooms but had no idea they had only recently been uncovered and restored. Per Marc Meltonville, the general location of the chocolate rooms were known to be somewhere along the Fountain Court, but not until 2013, when a curator found inventory documents, did they find the specific spot.
|Fountain Court, at chocolate rooms|
Hampton Court, located on the Thames. was once the home of Thomas Wolsey, until Henry VIII took it over in 1514. During the reign of William and Mary, famed architect, Christopher Wren, designed an "addition" which included the Fountain Court.
|The chocolate room displays all the sweet treat accouterments of the Georgian era|
In 2013, excavating began in the area along the Fountain Court where the chocolate rooms were documented and, astonishingly, the original shelves and ovens were uncovered. After careful restoration, the chocolate kitchen was opened on Valentines Day, 2014. Today, visitors will see both the chocolate room (where chocolate serving pieces were housed) and the chocolate kitchen as they were in 18th century when they were run by the personal chocolate maker to King George I, Thomas Tosier.
|The Chocolate Room|
|The Chocolate Kitchen were the original oven and shelves were uncovered|
|Holograms of chocolate makers are displayed on the rooms' blank walls.|
At the DIA's Bitter/Sweet Exhibit, visitors can see a film of Marc Meltonville (below) at Hampton Court's chocolate kitchen.
|Marc Meltonville is featured in a film as part of DIA exhibit|
|BTS (at the DIA exhibit) will host chocolate tea pairing this month|
Although Marc Meltonville 's presentation was only in November, the Bitter/Sweet exhibit at the DIA continues through March.
In addition, in connection this exhibit, Barb's Tea Service will be presenting The History of Tea with a Chocolate and Tea pairing at the Huntington Woods Library on January 28th.