Wild Ophelia is a Fair Trade, non-GMO chocolate line that embodies the spirit and flavors of America. Ophelia is our maverick muse who is passionate about exceptional ingredients from farmers and artisans, fostering fellow female entrepreneurs, and living the American dream.
Wild Ophelia was created by Vosges Haut-Chocolat founder, Katrina Markoff, to encourage, educate and propel American high school and college girls who have entrepreneurial dreams in food.
To honor its commitment to inspire, encourage, and help empower American female entrepreneurs through its chocolate, Wild Ophelia will contribute a portion of sales from every chocolate sold to the Wild Ophelia Accelerator Program, which awards three grants each year.
Ophelia represents female entrepreneurs in America today. She is independently spirited, fiercely unconventional, and wildly ambitious. Ophelia not only not believes in herself, but also in innovation, authenticity, and empowerment.
The Wild Ophelia Accelerator Program was created by Katrina Markoff to encourage, educate and propel American high school and college girls who have entrepreneurial dreams in food. To fulfill this mission, Wild Ophelia will provide three ambitious girls with the funds and mentorship needed to start a business. A portion of the sales from every chocolate sold is contributed to the Wild Ophelia Accelerator Program, awarding three grants per year. As the program grows, the number of grants awarded annually will increase. The 2018 Accelerator Program application will go live on October 14th, 2017.
Inspired by the farmers coaxing life and flavor through fertile soil, those carrying on the culinary traditions rooted in their homesteads, and those who yearn to explore and discover flavors - the Wild Ophelia chocolate line is a journey through local farms and artisanal foods including the tropical North Shore of Kauai, the coast of Maine, and the plains of Missouri.
At Wild Ophelia, we're passionate about our role in, and impact on, the environment, Therefore, we have pledged and signed the Green Purchasing Oath.
Inspired by her passion to empower American female entrepreneurs, Katrina Markoff, chocolatier and founder of Vosges Haut-Chocolat, created Wild Ophelia to put her mission into action. Through its dynamic partnerships, Wild Ophelia will align itself with foundations and communities alike that share Katrina’s vision to encourage and support American female entrepreneurs.
Katrina moved to Paris just three days following her graduation from Vanderbilt University. After studying culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu, she embarked on a world tour that began with an apprenticeship in Spain under the direction of Ferran Adrià and continued east through Southeast Asia and Australia, where she was inspired to create the purple house of Vosges Haut-Chocolat and her concept, Travel the World through Chocolate™. Wild Ophelia is both a celebration of Katrina’s own, wild adventures, and an opportunity for her to pass along her life-changing experiences to the next generation of female entrepreneurs.
Katrina is the recipient of numerous accolades including Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40, the Bon Appétit Food Artisan of the Year Award, and being named “THE innovator in chocolate to lead the US through the next 30 years” by Food & Wine Magazine. She was also honored as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by OPEN American Express and Entrepreneur Magazine. Vosges Haut-Chocolat was named one of the 10 Best Chocolatiers in the World by National Geographic. Most recently, Katrina was chosen as one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in the World in 2015.
Every Wild Ophelia product features the Wild Ophelia signature totem pole.
Each symbol represents an aspect of the Wild Ophelia entrepreneurial journey.
Shield - Protection and Strength
Bee - Fertility and Nature
Wings, Bird & Feathers - Freedom and Flight
Star - Vision and Light
13 and Horseshoe - Good Luck
Crown - Power of Women
Totem - Refers to Native American people and Sustainability (Fair Trade, non-GMO, Gluten Free)