Leigh Kellis of Holy Donut - Biography

Portland, ME

September 2013

If you’ve never heard of potato donuts, then you’re definitely not a Mainer and your grandmother probably isn’t either. They’re an old-fashioned Maine staple born in the kitchens of grandmas from Portland to Bangor who had to figure out what to do with all those New England potatoes. Former bartender and now baker, entrepreneur, and shop owner Leigh Kellis is reviving the tradition at her shop, Holy Donuts. And she’s taking it a step further with potato donut flavors such as ginger-glazed sweet potato, pistachio, pomegranate, bacon-cheddar, and a Maine lobster donut.

Kellis opened for business in 2011 and in two years has gone from selling a dozen donuts a day to selling 10,000 Holy Donuts a week and adding wholessale clients, as well. Not bad for a cook who learned to bake from Joy of Cooking. It’s pure New England ingenuity and sheer granny genius.