We are super excited to have Chouquette as one of our Participating Vendors at our July 23rd Vendor Social at Stanton & Greene!
When did you decide you wanted to open your own chocolate company?
I spent a year in Paris at pastry school and making chocolates was always my favorite part! When I returned, I realized it was the best niche for me — creatively and business-wise.
How did you come up with the name Chouquette
Chouquette’s literal translation is ‘little cabbage,’ which is used as a term of endearment, same as ‘mon petite chou.’ It is also a sweet little pastry, like a French doughnut hole made of eclair dough, it was the second dessert we made in pastry school, and when I heard the word, I knew it was the right name for me.
How long have you been doing this?
I started Chouquette in 2010.
Do you have a team that helps maintain Chousquette or is it just you?
Chouquette is me and usually about 10 others, we increase staff as the holidays near, so we almost double that between October and February.
What is your favorite part about what you do?
I love teaching new staff how to make caramels, it’s science and magic, details and creativity. I also enjoy dreaming up new flavors, like SugarPlum for this year’s Dessert Buffet Collection. It’s fun to work with a bride and groom for their wedding favors, helping them choose the flavors, designs and packaging to delight their guests.
Is there anything else besides doing chocolates that you also do and what to highlight?
Everything started with the chocolate covered caramel, then due to customer requests, we started bottling the caramel as a sauce. We also make ‘twigs’ – fun and gourmet additions to pure chocolate – cherry blossom with pistachios are great for DC, and our chocolate with Old Bay® is loved in many places!
We can’t wait to meet Sarah, the owner and head chef of Chouquette, at our upcoming Vendor Social! See you all there!