48 minutes | Nov 4th 2019

Ep. 38: Lagusta Yearwood On Business, Chocolate + More

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Lagusta Yearwood founded Lagusta’s Luscious, an artisinal vegan chocolate company in 2003. Over the last 16 years, she has grown the chocolate business into 3 brick-and-mortars— a chocolate shop and a café in New Paltz, New York, and a sweets shop in Manhattan’s East Village. She also just came out with a brand new cookbook titled SWEET + SALTY: The Art of Vegan Chocolates, Truffles, Caramels and More.Lagusta and Julia talk about Lagusta's businesses, her book, the complication of operating a business while also questioning capitalism, the power of listening to your employees and developing systems, knowing how and when and why to grow, and how to navigate working with friends.Follow-up links:Lagusta's podcast 'Thanks in Advance'Lagusta's LusciousLagusta's book Sweet + Saltythe Smoky Corn-on-the-Cob Chocolate Bar Lagusta mentionedHow to Not Always Be Working, the book Lagusta mentionedWoodstock Animal SanctuaryNow & Again, Julia's latest cookbook which includes her recipes for matzo ball soup and turkey meatloaf!Great Jones (remember to use the code 'CALM' for 15% off!!)
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