Mieke provided a fabulous chocolate workshop for our group from the USA -- highly recommended! First we learned (and tasted) a bit about the practice of forming delicious chocolate "pralines" (shaped chocolates), and then we dove straight into a hands-on workshop. Mieke was happy to answer all of the questions that you can't ask when you walk into a pristine chocolate shop -- which was great for our group's endless curiosity. Mieke is multi-lingual (English, Dutch, French, Spanish), super-friendly, and overall an expert teacher. We left with a beautiful box of chocolates that we'd made ourselves, to enjoy long after the workshop ended. Everyone in our group agreed — this chocolate workshop with Mieke was absolutely a highlight of our time in Belgium!
Moriah Szpara, Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biolog, at the Pennsylvania State University, USA
Vom gehobenen Snack im Bus sowie einer Bier- und Pralinen-Probe, über die kulturellen Schönheiten Löwens, Mechelens und Tongerens. Noch einmal DANKESCHÖN Mieke für den tollen Nachmittag bei Euch.
Michael Schwinge - kultour & natour touristik gmbh - Dormagen - Deutschland
I discovered Chocola-Tuti in 2016. I was an expat, living in Belgium, trying to learn as much about the culture of my “adopted” home. I heard about Mieke Cassiers and the chocolate making workshops she was offering. I reached out to Mieke, asking if she would be willing to do a workshop for a few English speaking students. She agreed, and our collaborations started with gusto. What I had assumed would be 1 spring-time workshop turned into several workshops over the course of a week. The English speaking community was craving this type of class.
Since 2016, I have worked with Mieke several times, with group sizes ranging from 10 to 30+. Every single workshop has been wonderful. All the participants have enjoyed learning about how to make chocolates, and then taking those chocolates home to eat. I love the classes so much that when I had family come to visit, I would arrange smaller classes for them, as well.
I departed Belgium in Nov 2021. One of the final “events” I hosted was a Chocola-Tuti workshop. I can’t think of a finer way to close out my life in Belgium than attending a chocolate making class. I will forever be grateful to Mieke for teaching me the fine art of chocolate making. When I return to Belgium, I can guarantee that Chocola-Tuti will be one of my first stops.
Elizabeth D. Reeves - Springfield, VA 22152 - USA