behind the name
How do you say “Tavernier?”
Well, that question just happens to rhyme! Dar Tavernier’s father’s family is of French & Québécois descent, so it is pronounced “ta.vɛʁ.nje“, or, according to one of her 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 hers has remained in the original French spelling and has been subjected to many different pronunciations over the years.
What is the Tavernier name origin?
Tavernier means “tavern keeper”, and indeed some of Dar’s ancestors rented out rooms and fed people over the years in the St. Lawrence valley of Quebec and Northern New York state. Other Taverniers were confectioners in Paris, Calais, and Bourges, France. It seemed fitting to name a chocolate venture after Dar’s surname, inspired by a woman who enjoyed food and travel as much as her grandmother did.
Love of the outdoors and the sciences also run in the family. Dar’s dear grandmother Ella Tavernier is pictured at the top collecting bird specimens for Cornell University in the 1930s.
Rosalie Charland & Louis Tavernier, Dar’s great-great grandparents are pictured here on their dairy farm in the St. Lawrence Valley, a testament to her love for butter & heavy cream.
Here are some ephemera of historical Taverniers’ confectionery ventures: