Cellar Door Chocolates                                                      

Local Chocolatier Encourages Indulgence, for a Cause


Cellar Door Chocolates makes a new confection for each day of the year, donates percentage of proceeds to local charities.


July 20, 2009 – Louisville, KY – The city’s first wholesale chocolatier is launching a new project in September, and it promises to make an impact. Erika Chavez-Graziano, owner of Cellar Door Chocolates, is starting a project called “365 Days of Chocolate” which will feature a different chocolate confection for each day of the year. The delicious treats will be available at Quills Coffee on Baxter Avenue daily, but only fifty pieces of each creation will be on sale each day. Chavez-Graziano will then donate ten percent of all sales proceeds to a different local charity each month.


Among its many gourmet confections, Cellar Door Chocolates specializes in truffles, bourbon balls and peanut butter cups. With flavors like cayenne pepper and champagne, Cellar Door’s creations are a tantalizing treat. The company started in 2007 when the owner presented several local business owners with a few chocolates and asked if they would be interested in selling them. In the two years since, Chavez-Graziano has become the area’s premier chocolate entrepreneur, selling her sweets at noted locales like Dundee Candy Shop, A Taste of Kentucky, Gemelli Wine and Spirits and Westport Whiskey and Wine.


The owner grew up cooking in her grandmother’s Albuquerque, New Mexico kitchen, where she would gather with her cousins on days off from school and spend hours making meal after meal. Chavez-Graziano moved to Louisville in 2005 and pursued a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville. Her finesse in the kitchen saved her from a career in the field when she decided that making chocolate was better suited to her entrepreneurial spirit.


Through this project she hopes to establish more of a connection with the community that has provided her with so much. “Louisville is incredibly supportive of local business,” she says, “It’s a wonderful place to start.” It’s no surprise then that “365 Days of Chocolate” is a business match made in heaven, where everybody wins. To indulge yourself on some top-notch chocolate and support your favorite cause, be sure to visit Quills Coffee beginning September 1. A full list of charities is available online at http://www.cellardoorchocolates.wordpress.com and on Facebook (search “365 Days of Chocolate”).