This week on the Spotlight Seller we are featuring Vanessa of Desiderio Chocolates!
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Vanessa Metalli Dionne, originally from Rome, Italy now Longmont, Colorado, creating recipes, working with chocolate and local ingredients, kind made it a point to find local spirits to incorporate in my confections
Vegan or Vegetarian?
Vegan three years, I turned vegetarian in my early teens and I worked with the wild life rescue center back in Rome Italy, actually that is what I really wanted to do, not sure why I haven't pursue it after.
When did you open your shop on Etsy?
November 2010 after my sister (Piktoland) suggested it to me, I am glad I did :-)
Tell us about what you sell on Etsy?
I make vegan confections. After going vegan my first objective for my business was to turn all my recipes into vegan ones. I have created few unique things and recreate others. It's a fusion of my Italian background and American modern world. I love it.
When you are not working on your shop, what do you do?
I work full time still, I haven't been able to quit yet. It has been hard to keep a running business where I am the only one doing everything, gaining new accounts, working full time, raising my two boys (3 and 7) and in general taking care of a family. I have dedicate all my extra time, which is very little, to my business, and I know I need to start taking care of myself again :-)
I always loved making sweets, baking etc. Ideas just flow into my brain on a daily basis and sometimes I have to force my self to just stop. Aromas, spices, colors, foods and desserts, feelings, walking in a spice shop or even just my green grocer. It doesn't take much.
What's your favorite veggie meal?
It depends the mood I am in, lately a huge plate of garlic sauteed kale or Collard greens with a Daiya grilled cheese sandwich, I just love that stuff, but I eat it sporadically, you know :-P I love Amy's organic Samosa wrap.
Where else can we find you?
Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/people/DesiderioChocolates facebook.com/DesiderioChocolates web site www.d-chocolates.com twitter @desideriochoco
Thank you for being part of the team Vanessa! Make sure to check out all the delicious creations at Desiderio Chocolates!
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