Episode 1: Tamara LaValla of Batch Craft

Description: On this first episode of the Well Tempered chocolate podcast, my guest is Tamara LaValla. She is the owner and chocolate maker at Batch Craft, an artisan chocolate company in South Carolina, as well as a multimedia artist, and  formerly co-owner of a design studio. 

Update Summer 2019: Batch Craft has relocated to North Carolina.

 Themes discussed in this episode:

  • Being a chocolate maker & artist

  • Balancing a full-time venture whilst running a small-batch chocolate startup

  • Finding the confidence to label yourself as a maker

  • Expanding your chocolate business creatively; tastings with local craft businesses, aesthetics, packaging

  • How travel expands your potential as a food business

Related links from episode: 

Andrew Simonet, Artists U Founder and Director - Tamara did facilitation work with him, helping with others to build creative sustainable lives

Simran Sethi (https://simransethi.com/)

Batch Craft has previously partnered with Free Range Brewing, Charlotte, NC

What artisan chocolate Tamara would eat in the Cosmos: 
- Fruition Chocolate, Shokan, New York
- Map Chocolate,  Oregon
- Dick Taylor, Eureka, California 

Where to find Tamara & Batch: 
Web (Preorder available!): http://batchcraft.com 
Instagram: @batch_craft 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/batchcraft
Tamara’s former company: Social Design House

Connect with the podcast host Lauren: 
Instagram: @wkndchocolate @welltemperedpodcast 
Facebook: WKND Chocolate 
Email: (sans the spaces) podcast @ wkndchocolate.com 

Lauren WKND