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!

Friday, December 19, 2014

pop in for the holidays

We'll be at North End Butchers & Gourmet Shop for a holiday pop up this Saturday the 20th from 2-4pm! We're excited to be in this creative space & share our holiday collection with Jasmine's Organic Bakery & neighbor Windham Wines. If you're in the area, please do stop by & say hi, & pick up some delicious, last minute gifts while you're at it!

Friday, December 5, 2014

sweet tidings

We're getting ready for Holiday Pop Ups at the Cotton Mill Hill Holiday Sale, Dianich Gallery, & another in the works closer to Christmas (stay tuned!). We'll have stacks of our buttermilk maple sugar caramel Bûches de Noël, black & white barks, chocolate salami, chocolate ganache-stuffed & dipped figs, plus other fare available, & will happily take orders for chocolate pâté & goat cheese honey terrines, hot chocolate submarinos, & anything we've run out of for your holiday table. Hope to see you!