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Date Night: Beer, Chocolate and Yoga

night-of-refreshment1My husband and I recently had a date night that was not our traditional night out away from the kids. Typically, we opt for dinner out and the occasional movie, but this time we opted for a workshop, crafted by contributing writer Erin Goodman–a lovely evening of refreshment for more than a dozen couples at the The Hampton Inn in South County.

We tasted nine beers from Berkshire Brewing Company, all of which are unfiltered, un-pasteurized, and contain no chemical additives or preservatives. Although I usually favor light beers, I was surprised how much I enjoyed sampling all the brews with the exception of the Coffeehouse Porter–I like to keep my beer and coffee separate–although my husband enjoyed the combo. All of the beer is crafted at a regional brewery located in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.

We sampled the unbelievably delicious raw chocolates created by a Rhode Island husband and wife team, Stephen Lloyd Law and Gina Law, of The Mystical Chocolatiers. Stephen also shared his passion for food and making chocolates, including the origins of his ingredients and his use of raw foods–foods that are uncooked, unprocessed, and organic.

The tastings were followed by partner yoga led by Erin and her husband, John. The evening ended with Dan Cummings, Erin’s cousin, playing his hand-crafted Native American flutes. Erin is already planning the next event – possibly wine, cheese, and yoga.

– Evening of Refreshment Workshop was February 28, 2009 from 7-9:30 p.m.
at the Hampton Inn, South County Crossings
$25 / couple

Contact Erin Goodman to find out about future workshops.
– Find a list of where to buy Berkshire Brewing Company beers locally in Rhode Island.
– Buy chocolates direct from the The Mystical Chocolatiers.

Photos provided courtesy of Erin Goodman

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