Vosges Haut Chocolat

Started and owned by the smart and talented Katrina Markoff, Vosges Haut Chocolat is an up and coming high end chocolatier based out of Chicago. Among the special experiences I’ve had as an attendee of this year’s TED conference is that every few hours Katrina and her crew offer extensive tastings of a variety of different chocolate creations and experiments from their table. There’s something extremely positive about knowing that every few hours a table will be piled with free, delicious, and most importantly – interesting – chocolate deliciousness.

I haven’t been properly documenting all my eating so a proper writeup will have to wait. But there is something I found incredibly attractive about their chocolate. In general I don’t like anything other than nuts/caramels/toffees and the like mixed with my chocolate. So, fruit, herbs, liqueurs are out for me. But not only was everthing I tried creamy and deep, but the combinations were inspired. Every different configuration of sweet and savory mixed with chocolate was balanced and interesting. I felt like Katrina really has a thoughtful and disciplined palate and is not just trying combinations to be weird or different. I find that having a clear idea in your head of what something is supposed to taste like is a prerequisite for making something great. I intend to fully explore all the greatness from Vosges Haut Chocolate as soon as I can.

2 Responses to “Vosges Haut Chocolat”

  1. cybele says:

    Some of the spice combinations have a little too much of the actual spice in them (leading to graininess) instead of infusions … that aside, I love the flavor combos that Vosges has. I like how I can taste the curry or the cardamom, but I still taste chocolate, instead of ending up with a chocolate texture and a different flavor entirely.

  2. Matt says:

    As serial-chocolate taster, I found Vosges Haut Chocolat to be long on brilliant marketing (stunning catalog, beautiful descriptions, etc.) but short on exceptional flavor.

    You must try Theo’s in your own back yard (the old Pyramid brewing building in Fremont). The coconut curry bar is nothing short of amazing. Also, you must try XOX Truffles in San Francisco. I have tried everybody’s chocolate and nothing compares.

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