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.