A Benefit for The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative

The history (and tasting) of chocolate plus a hands-on experience in gourmet truffle making paired with the loveliest of wines as presented by choclatier extraordinaire, Lauren Gockley of Coda Chocolates.


When: Tuesday, February 10th at 7:30 PM
Where: The Home of Joan Pierpoline
What: As an elixir for love, chocolate has been believed throughout history to bring smiles to the broken-hearted and to prompt amorous feelings in both men and women. It is believed that Madame Du Barry served it to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile. In the 1800’s physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.
Chocolate it is truly a celebration of love in all its glory and heart break.
Please join us for an evening in celebration of love of all kinds, especially our love of chocolate!


Who: Lauren Gockley owner of Coda Chocolate and formerly of Per Se, will be exploring the rich history of chocolate while engaging in a hands on demonstration of handmade truffles. Prior to her introduction to chocolate, Lauren Gockley was enveloped in a musical world, primarily opera. She grew up surrounded by artists passionate about their craft and, inspired by such talent and drive, she should to bring about her own artistry.

Lauren completed her studies as a classically trained chocalatier at L’ecole du Grand Chocolat, Valrhona. She has worked with chefs Frederic Bau, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Thomas Keller. She was named one of Dessert Professional’s “Top Ten Chocolatiers in North America.”

Through her continued exploration, she sees how chocolate elevates flavors in an extraordinary way. Always striving to further refine her craft, Lauren creates unique and often unexpected flavors, which are indeed the sweetest ending.

The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative

Since its debut in 2006, The Time In Children’s Arts Initiative has dedicated itself to improving the lives and educations of disadvantaged public school children through an innovative, interdisciplinary arts education platform. An award-winning program for children from chronically impoverished communities, Time In joyfully engages opera, hands-on art, museum visits, gallery hops, intensive language and literary texts on a weekly basis – as part of the normal school day, yet outside of the school building – for some of the city’s most underserved public school children

Collaborating uniquely with disadvantaged Title 1 schools, Time In facilitates unprecedented access to the highest quality of educational and creative environments, providing the tools and support that at-risk children need to flourish and thrive. In communities like Harlem and the South Bronx, where debilitating academic, cultural and social inequities severely limit children’s opportunities, Time In has brought transformative change to both children and their families. Beginning eight years ago with just 30 students from the Family Academy, a failing public school in Harlem, Time In has emerged as a formidable advocate for educational change through artistic enrichment, and this year, with major support from a group of distinguished funders committed to creating a level playing field in education through the arts, Time In is proud to be changing the aesthetic and intellectual vistas of 600 K-3rd graders every week of the school year.
Tickets for the Event are $175/per person.
All but $40 are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The Time In Children's Arts Initiative
Yes, Time In, You Can Count on My Support!