how do you say “Tavernier?”

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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 changed the spelling to Tavernia in the hopes that English-speakers would pronounce it correctly, but ours has remained in the original French spelling & has been 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 & Northern New York state. Other Taverniers were confectioners in Paris, Calais, and Bourges, France. 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.

My dear grandmother Ella Tavernier is pictured here on the far left, arm-in-arm with her beloved sister-in-law & smiled upon by her two sisters, my wonderful great-aunties.

Below is some ephemera from ancestral Taverniers’ confectionery ventures:

tavernier confiserie tavernier forestinetavernier bill

Rosalie Charland and Louis Tavernier

Rosalie Charland & Louis Tavernier, my great-great grandparents on their dairy farm in the St. Lawrence Valley