Los Angeles Confidential

Handmade Gourmet Artisan Chocolate Confections by CompartesChocolate - really good chocolate - is an art form, and at Compartes Chocolatier, Jonathan Grahm has taken a family business to new heights with something I like to call haute chocolate. Using all natural ingredients and organic products and crafting his delights on-site, Grahm is determined to put Los Angeles on the truffle map.

And having satisfied the sweet tooth of such celebrities as Nicole Kidman, Marcia Cross, Mandy Moore and Jennifer Garner, he's well on his way. Grahm, who wants his offerings to reflect the style trends at play in our city, constantly changes the look and taste of the confections he stocks.

Sure, favorites like English toffee, chocolate-dipped marshmallows, and signature truffles (cup of coffee, smoked sea salt, and peach-rosemary) are always in stock, but seasonal flavors like toasted chestnuts, caramelized apples and brown sugar, and Vermont maple syrup with walnuts enhance the selection.

Also known for artisanal chocolate bars, and original stuffed fruits made entirely with locally grown produce, Compartes is a nearly unparalleled source of gift possibilities. I know I plan on sitting in the shop's patio lounge and putting my gift list together.

Compartes Chocolatier, 912 South Barrington Avenue, Los Angeles, 310-826-3380