Episode 5: Sophia Rea of Projet Chocolat

Description: Episode 5 of the Well Tempered podcast - a show about the crafty, smart, and creative women in the chocolate industry - hosted by Lauren of WKND Chocolate features Sophia Rea of Projet Chocolat. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, she is a chocolate sommelier, business owner, chocolate history buff & antiquities collector.  The aim of her company Projet Chocolat is to 'educate and elevate the culture and history of chocolate' through their line of services and fine chocolate accoutrements. 

Themes discussed in this episode:

  • Sophia's culinary and musical background that led her to represent chocolate as art

  • The essentialness of esthetics within the fine chocolate market

  • Europe's reference to chocolate throughout their cultural history

  • Finding your strengths and building your team around them

  • Historial drinking chocolate recipes

  • Utilizing sensorial memories as gateways to further comprehension within chocolate tasting

Photo credit: Projet Chocolat

Photo credit: Projet Chocolat

Related links from episode: 
Mandy Aftelier Perfumes
Kakawa Chocolate House in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Brian Beyke of 'I Brew My Own Coffee' Podcast (along with Bryan Schiele)
Bill DeMain songwriter and journalist   

Sophia's team: 
Heather Baker - designer/artist
Angela Cay Hall - photographer
Sarah Mallory - seamstress
Erin Fraser - aromatics developer/perfumer
Bryce McCloud - box maker/print-meister

I feel like I am representing artists; I just want to remind people that there is beauty in this life. -Sophia Rea of Projet Chocolat on the Well Tempered chocolate podcast

Where to find more from Sophia: 
- Projet Chocolat website and online shop
- She holds public craft chocolate tastings and is available for hire 
Instagram: @projet_chocolat
Facebook: @projetchocolat
Twitter: @projetchocolat
Pinterest: Projet Chocolat

More from Lauren, host of Well Tempered and chocolate maker at WKND Chocolate: 
Instagram: @wkndchocolate @welltemperedpodcast 
Facebook: WKND Chocolate 
Email: (sans the spaces) podcast @ wkndchocolate.com

Lauren WKND