Saturday, February 28, 2015

almost spring


 Late winter, after a particularly long cold spell, & we're all ready for spring. New menu in the works, longer days, & daylight savings time coming right up. Bring it on!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

vermont romance kit

This just in: The Vermont Romance Kit: 2 luscious white chocolate saffron snowballs + 4 delicious dark chocolate maple sugar buttermilk logs, nestled together like you & your honey on a cold, snowy winter's night. Just add champagne or the libation of your choice. We'll have them at North End Butcher's this weekend. Because that's how we roll in Vermont.

Friday, January 30, 2015

sweet love

We've been busy bees putting together some sweet bonbons for Valentine's Day. The finest chocolate & rich local dairy paired with delicious liqueurs, fruits, nuts & seeds hailed for their aphrodisiacal qualities, all packaged up in pretty shapes & boxes, sure to excite the apple of your eye! Go here for the full menu, & here to find us at pop ups in the near future!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

how do you say "Tavernier?"

Well, that question just happens to rhyme! My father's side of the family is of French & Quebecois descent, so it is pronounced "ta.vɛʁ.nje", or, according to one of my non-French speaking college chums like a viking cry, "I'm going to the tavern, YAY!" Some relatives had changed the spelling to Tavernia in the hopes that English-speakers would pronounce it correctly, but ours has remained in the original French spelling & was subjected to many different pronunciations over the years. Tavernier means tavern keeper, & indeed some of my ancestors rented out rooms & fed people over the years in the St. Lawrence valley of Quebec & New York state. It seemed fitting to name a chocolate venture after my surname, inspired by a woman who enjoyed food & travel as much as my grandmother did.

That is my dear grandmother Ella Tavernier on the far left, arm-in-arm with her beloved cousin & smiled upon by her two sisters, my wonderful great-aunties.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

bring it on

Finally, some snow & wintry weather in Southern Vermont! We stayed inside today & sipped hot tea & chocolate, except to venture out to shovel before the single digit temperatures arrive this evening, reflecting on where the past year has brought us. Looking back on our first steps into our business, we are absolutely stunned & elated at how our little venture has been met with such enthusiasm & support, & are incredibly, heart-burstingly thankful. 2015 has already brought us some incredible opportunities, & there's a lot to figure out & a lot of work to do, but we are ready to dive in & see where the tide will take us. Thank you, friends & food-lovers. We look forward to continuing our adventure with you – Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

ring it in

What better way to ring in the New Year than sharing something delicious & sweet with friends & family? We've stocked up North End Butchers with some festive bonbons, & are making chocolate salamis, terrines & pâtés to order. Cheers!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Happiest of holidays to everyone, & thank you so very much to all of you who included our chocolates in your holiday celebrations  – we are honored & thrilled! Have a safe & festive day – cheers!