We work with an inspiring team of local growers and herbalists, artists and artisans, chefs and home cooks who share our values and enthusiasm for creative, locally sourced food.
Dar Tavernier-Singer, founder, recipe developer, chocolatier, confectionery chef
Dar’s background as an artist and her experience in the kitchens and dining rooms of restaurants and cafés in Europe and the U.S. gave her working knowledge of how to approach creating recipes and presenting them to the world so they tell a story. She draws on her experience working with a botanist as an undergraduate biology major and later as a chemist/analyst in an environmental testing lab when experimenting with techniques and ingredients in the chocolate kitchen. The flavors of fresh local produce and the spruce tips, wild mint, berries, wildflowers and other foraged treats she would taste growing up in the Northern Adirondacks and St. Lawrence Valley resonate in Dar’s recipes today as a Vermont chocolatier, as well as a great respect for those who work the land and grow and forage food.
John Singer, founder, chocolatier, biz manager
John’s experience as a craft coffee roaster and manager of an artisan roasting shop, where he visited origin and regularly tasted and cupped world renowned coffees with leaders in the field like George Howell, have provided him a great background to sourcing and working with chocolate. His extensive experience managing and leading small businesses as well as his years as a musician in San Francisco, New York and Vermont has given our little band, Tavernier Chocolates, the framework to grow and thrive.
Bronwyn Murre Louisell, chocolatier/production, herbalist
Bronwyn is an herbalist and farmer with a deep passion for everything that the Vermont natural world has to offer. When she isn’t helping to create our delicious chocolates you will find her in her garden, hiking with her husband and dog, playing her cello and creating all sorts of herbal body care products for her micro business, Deep Rooted Apothecary.
Grace Guerra, holiday production, fermentation expert
Grace is new to Vermont, and is quickly falling in love with the land and people. As a native Californian she brings her passion for the outdoors and deep appreciation of the local food system. When she isn’t at work you can find her hiking, biking, roller-skating, and most of all fermenting. Prior to relocating she was working on a small scale projects sharing inspired fermented vegetables and fiery fermented hot sauce with her beloved community in Santa Cruz. She is excited to continue to explore all that the north east has to offer and eventually share her talents with us here. Keep your eyes peeled for Counter Cultures Kitchen Northeast edition!