In compiling my many gifts for SB’s Holiday Gift Guides, one kept coming to mind: chocolate. Something you would not necessarily buy for yourself, but would love to receive. I don’t mean just your run-of-the-mill Halloween candy chocolate, I mean the good stuff. And the good stuff is right here in Louisville with two great local chocolatiers: Ghyslain and Cellar Door Chocolates.
These chocolates are almost too pretty to eat. Well, almost.
Here’s a review of the local decadence:
Cellar Door Chocolates
Started in 2007 by Erika Chavez-Graziano (look for her next week as a FACE of Louisville) as a wholesale chocolate confectionary company, Cellar Door Chocolate is now a retailer located in Butchertown Market. They sell truffles, buttercreams, bon-bons, hot chocolate and a many, many more chocolate treats.
The retail space is beautiful (please refer to light fixtures commissioned from India in picture above) and functional.
So, sit awhile, relax and peruse the gorgeous chalkboard menu done by Cellar Door Chocolate employee, Sarah. You might want to even taste a few things so that you can get a handle on all of the choices.
There are many options here. Some things are pre-wrapped, like the barks and pretzels below.
Then there are beautiful Christmas and holiday confections.
We got to go behind the scenes to the kitchen, where truly is where the magic happens.
You can customize a box of chocolates for your lucky gift recipient. A 16-piece box is $22.80 and a 32-piece assorted box is $43.60. I would not hesitate and get the 32 piece. That is a no-brainer.
With truffle flavors such as Imperial Stout, Cayenne, and Hazelnut, along with many many more combinations, this will be a gift to remember.
For a menu of selections, click here.
Cellar Door is located in Butchertown Market.
Cellar Door Chocolates
1201 Story Ave. Suite 109
Louisville, KY 40206
While all chocolate is beautiful in and of itself, Ghyslain (pronounced “Jeez-Lain”) Maurais’ chocolates are pure art. He calls his chocolate “chocolate des beaux art” for good reason. Every chocolate is a hand-painted, one of kind piece of edible art.
Ghyslain Maurais was trained in Canada and is certified in French pastry, chocolate décor, candy making, blown/pulled sugar and bread making. Now, he lives in Indiana with his wife and has two restaurants in Louisville: East Market Street and Westport Village. (Read here to see StyleBlueprint’s post on Ghyslain.) Ghyslain’s bistros have a full menu besides dessert, but chocolate is his passion.
Like Cellar Door Chocolate, I would highly recommend you go to Ghyslain. Have a little lunch. Have a dessert or two. In other words, try on the merchandise.
Here are some Holiday confections handmade for you by Ghyslain.
If you really want to make a statement, how about a six-inch chocolate snowman? Or a winter vignette done entirely in chocolate?
If you are looking for a field trip, Ghyslain has a Chocolate Artisan Center in Union City, Indiana.
For the special seasonal holiday menu, click here.
Ghyslain on Market
721 E Market Street
Louisville, KY, 40202
Ghyslain at Westport Village
1215 Herr Lane
Louisville, KY 40222