Last fall, Mary Loomas
opened Saratoga Chocolates
in the shuttered Joseph Schmidt space (3489 16th St. at Sanchez). On a recent trek from the Mission to the Castro, we stopped in. Even regular Schmidt customers might not notice any changes to the place (besides the chocolates, of course) ― except for Saratoga's classes
. Loomas is offering what she calls a Series 1 class in truffle making Jan. 30, 11 a.m.-2:30 (cost: $125). On Feb. 5, there's a wine and chocolate class, 7 p.m-8:30 p.m. (cost: $50). Tickets available by calling 861-8682.