- Vosges Haut-Chocolat Mission
- Vosges Haut-Chocolat Values
- Vosges Haut-Chocolat Story
- Katrina's Creative Process
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Vosges Haut-Chocolat® Mission
Vosges Haut-Chocolat welcomes you to an experiential realm of storytelling through the medium
of chocolate. By means of esteemed craftsmanship and conscious innovation, we inspire you to interact with the world in a different way.
Vosges Value No.1 - We maintain as our highest priority the quality and craftsmanship of our artisanal chocolate.
Vosges Value No.2 - We inspire and model innovation, taking risks and pushing the boundaries of chocolate conventions.
Vosges Value No.3 - We trust in the power of our chocolate stories to open minds, spirits and palates.
Vosges Value No.4 - We are intentional in all we do, and are accountable for our impact, as we create chocolate with a worldview.
The Vosges® Story
It is one of our highest priorities to source the finest ingredients found in the world. Owner and chocolatier Katrina Markoff, originally trained in Paris at the renowned culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, has enhanced her confectionary artistry through training and stages under some of the world’s most revered chefs and in many of the most exotic and honored cuisines on the planet. Beginning in Spain under the direction of Ferran and Alberto Adria at their famed El Bulli restaurant, she draws inspiration from her experiences studying the indigenous cuisines of France, Italy, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, China, Australia and Hawaii.
From the kitchen of her Chicago apartment, Katrina has launched a veritable chocolate revolution. She is personally responsible for the conceptualization of her collections, recipe development and vision of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, and with chocolate as her medium, she encourages others to explore the diversity of cultures, artists, traditions and movements. Through her inspiration, sensual and experiential approach, unexpected ingredients and highly sophisticated methods, Katrina inspires and models innovation - taking risks and pushing the boundaries of chocolate conventions.
With each chocolate collection she creates, Katrina opens minds to new ideas and inspires a more non-judgmental and inclusive world.
Katrina’s Creative Process
While my ideas often come together organically, the creation of a new collection is never without meaning. There are 4 steps that I conduct in the creation of my chocolate collections that could apply to any medium...
Step 1 - FALL IN LOVE
My first step, and the origin of everything thereafter, is the act of falling in love with either beauty, curiosity or cause. This may be as simple as my first encounter with wattleseed, a food staple of the Aboriginal culture, the beauty of Antoní Gaudí’s cathedral, La Sagrada Família or the women of Afghanistan working in a beauty parlour.
Step 2 - INSPIRATION
With love there is no thought - only feeling - and it inevitably floats me to the next step of inspiration. A moment of transparency comes and the inspiration transforms into a vision of connectivity to my craft. Listening carefully, I hear the vision with clarity, allowing me to translate the love into my medium of chocolate storytelling.
Step 3 - ACTION
The action is not just dreaming and leaving the thoughts in the clouds, but actually DOING something to physically create the idea. It is the pivotal moment. I act so as not to lose the idea to the fires that flare up around me in a moment’s notice. I take action to create the collection out of dire need for it to tangibly exist. It is never perfect, for if it were it would never be born.
Step 4 - EXPERIENCE
Finally, there is the experience. The inspiration, ingredients and story create the final experiential interaction of each product with YOU. You embark upon your personal, sensory journey: the loosening of the ribbon and lifting of the boxes, the dissemination of a message, the interpretation of new parfums and the connection with your senses. If due to this experience, you stop and think about something in a new light, open your mind to a novel idea and possibly create through your medium, then this is a success.
We invite you to embark on a sensory journey through the medium of our high quality artisanal chocolate. What better way to learn about a culture, person or passion than through food?
We at Vosges Haut-Chocolat trust in the power of chocolate to open minds, spirits and palates. If you join us in embracing the idea of trying something a little novel and quirky, such as the perplexing oddity of curry and chocolate, we just may come one step closer to bringing peace to the world through chocolate. Join us in a small risk and push your flavour boundaries!
Vosges Haut-Chocolat joins you in pushing its own boundaries as we recognize our accountability for our impact in our work, creating chocolate with a worldview. Therefore, we are proud that we are powered by 100% renewable energy and that we have been approved as an organic manufacturing facility. Learn more about our Green Initiatives.
We also are thrilled to be certified as a women’s business enterprise through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US. Vosges Haut-Chocolat is also a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
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Katrina Markoff, founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat.
With any luck your newfound love sparks you and the cycle
of love begins again.