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Meet Vanessa Jordan

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vanessa Jordan.

Hi Vanessa, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start, maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
The story began in Paris a few years ago when I was moonlighting as a chocolatier. I knew I wanted to pursue something creative, combining my love culinary creations, mixed drinks, and travel. I had stumbled upon the lovely ape cart while wandering through Europe and decided it would not only be a perfect way to showcase my chocolates but to craft a customized experience for parties and events of any size.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As soon as Apero arrived, COVID started a few months later. As the world retreated into hiding, there were no parties and special events of any kind. On the positive side, it has given me an opportunity to create a unique experience as a package that allows small groups the ability to have customized special creations with a self-serve option.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My passion has always been around food. When I graduated from Cordon Bleu in Paris, I knew I wanted to stay and work for a while. I had an opportunity to work for a wonderful man, M. Remi Henry. Monsieur Henry was a chocolatier who owned several small shops in Paris. He soon had me working with the team, driving to Normandy to pick up cream for the shop, and making organic and beautiful chocolates.

In 2013, he was featured in a Parisian magazine, where he shared my story as the “petite Texan.” M. Henry was very proud of my own creation, where I combined chipotle pepper with Ceylon cinnamon and organic couverture chocolate. Living in France, I had not run into many Parisians that preferred spicy hot pepper, but his clientele loved this particular chocolate. I believe the opportunity to travel, learn about other cultures, meet many new friends around the globe has been my best education. Not only in my culinary experience but in life in general. I love a challenge, and having the opportunity to bring happiness to others is my greatest pleasure.

What makes you happy?
Happiness for me is in helping others. It may be something small as watching a face light up after a bite of chocolate or helping someone in need. I feel that we are all most connected with our best selves when serving others.

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