Tavin was a Vulcan captain in command of the Vahklas, a Vulcan civilian transport ship. He was a member of the V'tosh ka'tur, a sect of Vulcan society that did not believe in repressing their emotions, but instead reintegrating them back into their psyche.
In 2151, he encountered the Earth starship Enterprise. Captain Archer invited him aboard for dinner and was amazed by Tavin's pleasant behavior. Tavin explained that he and his shipmates were on a quest to explore feelings and to balance emotions and logic. During dinner, they discussed this concept and enjoyed the food, even eating meat. In fact Tavin requested the recipe for chicken marsala. (ENT: "Fusion")