Founder, Cellar Door Chocolates, Cellar Door Chocolates
Erika Chavez-Graziano founded Cellar Door Chocolates in 2007. Her company specializes in handmade truffles, bourbon balls caramels and over 100 other chocolate and sugar confections. Her company was the Official Chocolate of the 2014 Creative Arts and Primetime Emmys and is again the Official Chocolate of the Kentucky Derby Festival.
Searching Out the World's Rarest Chocolate
BY ERIKA CHAVEZ-GRAZIANO
@ VOL 15
ON APR 14, 2015
"Lima is home to over 150 different micro-climates and located very close to the ecquator, and this makes it a pretty damn fine place to grow cacoa."
In Searching Out the World's Rarest Chocolate from PechaKucha Night Louisville Vol. 15, Erika Chavez-Graziano recounts her travel to a remote region of Peru on a quest to find "Fortunado #4", the world's rarest cacao. Once thought to be extinct, a lone tree, from which Furtunado #4 comes, was recently re-discovered, and having come back from the dead, now serves as the mother tree for the continuation of this rare chocolate.
Watch this "PechaKucha of the Day" from Wednesday from May 6, 2015.