Woodhouse Chocolates’ John Anderson & Tracy Anderson give lectures at Nimbus Arts

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On July 17 and August 28 John Anderson and Tracy Wood Anderson of Woodhouse Chocolate will be sharing their expertise in lectures at Nimbus Arts in St. Helena.

“This season we are proud to host Collector’s Café, a series of guest lecturers, fabulous visiting artists, and special artisan classes,” Nimbus Arts Executive Director Jamie Graff explains. “With this series we endeavor to cover a wide range of topics including: artisan demonstrations, the art of collecting, explorations of contemporary and historical works, tools for teachers, arts in our community, and other wild new ideas in the world of art, science and culinary delights. These high impact art evenings will be loaded with light hors-d’œuvres, rich visuals, bold art topics, and artisan wines to inspire lively discourse with our brilliant guest speakers,” she adds.

On July 17, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., John and Tracy Anderson, proprietors and founders of Woodhouse Chocolate, will discuss their first decade as artisan chocolatiers on St. Helena’s Main Street, in a talk illustrated with the enormous array of intricate elegant chocolates they produce—whether from their vast collection of unusual molds (from trolls to bunnies riding Vespas to the Tour Eiffel) or simply the huge diversity of flavors and presentations they create for a devoted following of customers. The cost is $25/person with prior reservation required, to Nimbus Arts at 707/963-5278 or www.nimbusarts.org. The lecture will take place at 649 Main Street in St. Helena.

On August 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., John Anderson will speak to the topic of The Art of Art Collecting. Anderson, the founder and proprietor of Woodhouse Chocolate, has another life as an art collector. He will discuss his journey as a collector. John will illustrate his remarks with an image rich presentation of the works he has collected over three decades. He will talk about why and how one collects art, and also how you can do it on a limited budget. His collection ranges from limited edition books to works on paper, mixed media, paintings and more. This will be a highly engaging discussion for young and established collectors alike! The cost is $25/person with prior reservation required, to Nimbus Arts at 707/963-5278 or www.nimbusarts.org. The lecture will take place at 649 Main Street in St. Helena.


After 30 years of owning the vineyard, John and Tracy retired from winemaking and pursue other interests. For John and his wife Tracy, that was chocolate. Tracy Wood Anderson began her cooking career early. She was only five when her parents came home to a lime meringue pie and a spooked babysitter pointing to Tracy saying, “She just did it, I didn’t have anything to do with it!” and she has never looked back. Following a BA in Studio Art from Scripps College and a Chef’s Degree from the California Culinary Academy Tracy spent fifteen years at her husband, John Anderson’s family winery, S. Anderson Vineyard as winery chef and was Carol Anderson’s assistant in the blending of all sparkling and still wines. In 2002 Tracy and her husband sold the winery and choose to follow another passion: European Chocolate.

John Anderson spent two years between selling the winery and opening Woodhouse Chocolate traveling to Belgium and France tasting and analyzing chocolates, and while back home, earning his MBA at UC Davis (with honors) and working on the building which was to become Woodhouse Chocolate. Woodhouse Chocolate is a very personal expression of John’s love of fine art, edible or otherwise. Not as known about John is that he was accepted to the prestigious Christie’s Fine Arts Course in London. At Christie’s he was taught to recognize and evaluate fine and decorative arts of the last 500 years.

Founded in 2004 by John Anderson and Tracy Anderson, Woodhouse Chocolate can be found on Main Street in St. Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley. The shop’s interior is a jewel-box, a statement in elegance—the setting includes a crystal chandelier, two tapestries, a marble bust, butter-and-cream-colored walls, white moldings and orchids in a large central urn. At any one time, there are at least 24 different flavors of filled chocolates to choose from, which can be packaged in 12, 24, 48 or 96 piece cerulean-blue round hatboxes. The shop is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and 24/7 at www.woodhousechocolate.com., 1367 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 963-8413 www.woodhousechocolate.com, john@woodhousechocolate.com.


Nimbus Arts was founded in 2005 by Dana Johnson and Jamie Graff and is overseen by an enthusiastic and dedicated Board of Directors. A community-owned 501(c)(3) non-profit, Nimbus Arts is dedicated to nurturing curiosity, fostering creative expression, and building a sense of community. In addition to on-site classes and camps, open studios, and lectures, we offer free public events, community service programs, classes in public and private schools, and collaborative art projects throughout Napa County.