Chocolate & Art In Quito
Ecuador’s native son, Oswaldo Guayasamín, is one of Latin America’s most celebrated artists. His work has been on display in many of the finest museums and galleries in the world. Guayasamín’s house, along with the Capilla del Hombre, is one of Quito’s most iconic attractions.
To’ak, born and based in Ecuador, uses the rarest and most priced cacao variety on earth to make extremely limited editions of single-origin Ecuadorian dark chocolate.
1. PRIVATE ART TOUR
The first hour is a private tour of Guayasamín’s home and all of its most intimate chambers, guided by an art specialist from the museum. The guide will share Guayasamin’s passion for art and culture and explain the most significant pieces of his private art collection. This is a unique look inside the life of one of Latin America’s most creative minds in this past century.
2. CHOCOLATE TASTING
The second hour is a tasting and pairing of To’ak chocolate, guided by a chocolate specialist from To’ak. The tasting is held in Guayasamin’s private wine cellar, where he entertained some of the 20th century’s most notable people, such as Fidel Castro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Francois Mitterrand, the Prince of Monaco, and the King of Spain.
Akin to a wine tasting, guests will be guided through a comprehensive tasting of raw and roasted cacao beans and four different editions of To’ak Chocolate. The guide will educate guests about different Ecuadorian cacao varieties, terroir, fermentation methods, barrel-aging and how these production variables influence the flavor and aroma profile of each expression of chocolate.
Comparable to a Wine 101 course, but with the most luxurious and elaborate dark chocolate in the world. A wine or spirit pairing is optional.
The late Oswaldo Guayasamín is the most celebrated artist in the history of Ecuador, and his eccentric house has since been converted into an art museum. This is where To’ak hosts it’s unique Chocolate & Art Experience.
Perched high above Quito, with sweeping views of the city, the beautifully landscaped grounds and artfully lavish home is a living, breathing testament to art. Inside this home is one of the most unique and fascinating art museums in the world. It is overflowing with archeological and artistic treasures that Guayasamín himself collected, along with his own great works of art.
Address: Fundación Guayasamín. Mariano Calvache E18-94 y Lorenzo Chávez, Bellavista, Quito.