Vermont Cannabis News recently had the opportunity to talk with Hailey Cohn, herbalist, chef, and chocolatier. Currently, Cohn is the owner of Satori Foods, a Montpelier-based whole foods catering company, specializing in creating and delivering delicious food that is both nutritious and holistic, centered around well-balanced food choices and organically sourced ingredients.
Cohn believes strongly in the healing properties of food and wanted to find a way to bring that to her community. She sought to create some kind of a business that would incorporate her love of food with a larger vision of how it could make a positive impact on the world around her and tried to decipher what that might look like in terms of a career. She set out on a path that would eventually lead her to create an incredible, highly personalized, and holistic whole foods catering company which is growing and evolving every day.
How did this journey begin? Hailey had a daughter, whom she named Satori. For those of you who might not know, the term Satori is a Buddhist word for “awakening”, “deep understanding”, and even “insight into your true nature”.
Seven years ago, Hailey recognized her passion for creating sweet treats, leading her to develop a product that has one of the most amazing and mouthwatering ingredients in the world. What is that ingredient, you might ask?
Short answer—it’s chocolate!
Hailey has spent the past seven years honing her chocolatiering skills, creating some of the most mouthwatering herbal-infused confections the State of Vermont has ever tasted. When deciding what to create as a product, it seemed only natural that she should combine medicinal herbs such as hemp and CBD, as well as flowers and flower essences, with the healing power of good food.
After all, Cohn’s ultimate goal was to offer healthy, thoughtful, and well-crafted food and confections to the people. Blending her love of chocolate with an overall respect for the earth and those of us who walk on it, Hailey created something delectable that also has the power to create change and even heal.
Now Cohn spends much of her day experimenting with various flavors and chocolate profiles in order to strike a harmonious balance between the sweetness of the confection and the medicinal properties of CBD. What she creates every day is nothing short of genius.
We spent a few minutes asking Hailey some questions. Here are her answers:
VTCN: What is your business and how did you come up with the idea for a whole foods catering company?
HC: My business is Satori Foods. I have been a foodie all my life, and have worked in restaurants since I was 13. I have been cooking my whole life! It has always been a dream of mine to own my own deliciously nourishing cafe. For now, with a young daughter, I cater and make chocolates and that’s good enough for me! I hope to open a cafe within the next 5 years.
VTCN: What are your products? Who are your clients?
HC: I am a whole foods caterer and also a chocolatier. Mainly, I make Herb Infused Chocolate Truffles. My clients range from herbal enthusiasts to chocolate connoisseurs, to your everyday person wanting to treat themselves.
VTCN: Why CBD? What made you want to take the leap into the world of cannabis?
HC: I kind of fell into CBD chocolates. I have been making Herb Infused Chocolates for about 7 years and used to experiment with Hemp infusions for friends and family. Now that CBD has become more widely accepted, more people are requesting treats infused with CBD oil. I have yet to be questioned by those who hold the laws and will continue to work hard to learn more and more about both the legalities of Hemp and CBD, as well as all of the health benefits associated with this plant.
VTCN: Do you have a personal feeling about CBD and cannabis in the state of Vermont?
HC: I wish cannabis was more openly accepted as an herbal medicine like nettle or kava kava. This state can benefit greatly from a more open and accepting stance about medical hemp and CBD and it is up to all of us to help that happen.
VTCN: Plans for the future of your business?
HC: I love making medicinal treats and nourishing foods for people. I hope to continue catering and making herb-infused chocolates for a long time. I also hope to open a cafe within the next five years where we will offer nutrient-rich, medicinal and traditional foods from many different cultural backgrounds. Through this, I hope to honor various cultures and show how many ways we can use food to thrive.
When I asked Hailey if there was anything else she wanted to share with the readers, she thought for a moment and said, “Satori Foods will continue to make the most intentional soul-full products and share them with as many people as possible.”
Currently, Satori Foods has an active Kickstarter campaign in process. After having been invited by an Ecuadorian ethnobotanist/medicine woman to come speak and teach in that country, Cohn felt compelled to try to crowdfund for the monies she will need to achieve her goal.
She explains, “This summer while cooking at the New England Womyn’s Herbal Conference, I was invited by an Ecuadorian ethnobotanist and medicine womyn to come teach “Chocolate from my Heart” to her community…to share my passions and learn from those who keep cacao at the core of their traditions. I am hoping to visit Ecuador two times. First to get my bearings and meet the community. Then another time to offer workshops. And through these visits, I hope to create and build relationships in order to source my cacao directly from farmers.”
If you are interested in Satori Foods and any of their delicious offerings, contact Hailey directly via the Satori Foods website, or go to any of these local businesses for a rotating selection of her soulful confections:
- Grian Herbs Apothecary
- Aromed Aromatherapy
- Nutty Steph’s
- Railyard Apothecary
And when you do, prepare to be amazed. With every bite that you take, you will feel your body and soul reawaken, finding joy in the subtle nuances of flavor, aroma, and experience that exist on our beautiful planet.