Southwest Florida wins big with Norman Love and Mark Loren’s EGGStraordinary Giveaways

Norman and Jo Champion

Chocolatier Norman Love Confections and jeweler Mark Loren Designs recently partnered to hide 36 “EGGStraordinary” prizes throughout Lee and Collier counties between March 19-27. In addition to the special giveaway, prize winners who posted their discoveries on social media sites using the hashtag #LoveLorenEggHunt were entered into a grand prize drawing, and Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs have announced Jo Champion as the grand prize winner.

Champion discovered one of Mark Loren Designs’ prize bags at the Mercato in Collier County on her birthday, and as the grand prize winner of the EGGStraordinary Giveaway, her birthday celebration continues. She will receive a Norman Love Confections All Our Love Gift Tower, valued at $385, and a $400 gift certificate to Mark Loren Designs.

“I found the Easter egg from Mark Loren Designs on my birthday, so that was a nice surprise,” said Champion. “Then to learn that I was the grand prize winner and will receive two very special prizes from both companies, well, it feels like a never-ending birthday celebration!”

Prize bags from Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs were placed throughout Lee and Collier counties at businesses, events and other high-traffic areas. Norman Love Confections and Mark Loren Designs took to social media, revealing special daily clues to help followers determine the whereabouts of the day’s prize. Both Southwest Florida residents and visitors were winners throughout the giveaway, and while many prizes were discovered unexpectedly, many people challenged themselves to be the first to interpret the daily clues in order claim the special prize. Prizes were discovered in wide variety of locations throughout Lee and Collier counties, some of which included Hammond Stadium, Matanzas on the Bay and Health Park in Lee County, and Artis, Waterside Shops and aboard a Pure Florida cruise in Collier County.

Inside eggs in the Norman Love Confections gift bag, winners found a prize voucher for Love’s internationally recognized chocolates or other offerings from Norman Love Confections. Inside eggs in the Mark Loren Design gift bag, winners discovered a gemstone, along with a gift certificate to have the stone set into a custom-designed piece from the award-winning jeweler. Love and Loren added something “EGGStra” to some of their prize bags: golden eggs with a high-valued prize for the winners. Two golden egg prizes from both Love and Loren were hidden in both Lee and Collier Counties, and were discovered at Edison National Bank and Citygate Ministries in Lee County and FineMark Bank and North Naples United Methodist Church in Collier County.

Loren is nationally known for offering unique and rare gemstones, innovative diamond rings, exceptional engagement and wedding bands and expert jewelry design and repair; all services are done on-site at the Fort Myers and Naples gallery locations. From celebrities to clients who appreciate wearing exclusive jewelry designs, Mark Loren Designs assures the finest one-of-a-kind sentimental jewelry pieces for lasting enjoyment. For more information, visit www.marklorendesigns.com.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Norman Love Confections introduces 2016 Mother’s Day Collection, Inspired by MOM

2016 Mother's Day Collection - 7Featuring flavors submitted by customers and inspired by real moms, Norman Love Confections introduces its 2016 Mother’s Day Collection.

With mom in mind, Norman Love launched a contest, inviting the public to submit flavors for its 2016 Mother’s Love Collection. Based on submissions, chefs selected ten flavors as the inspiration to create a Norman Love confection to become part of the 2016 limited-edition Mother’s Love line. Those selected will receive a free 25-piece Mother’s Day gift box delivered to the recipient of their choice for Mother’s Day.

“Our customers shared with us the flavors that reflect a special childhood memory, a story, or just because they are mom’s favorite flavors. Based on submissions, we selected ten flavors and have created a special line of artisan confections inspired by real moms.” said Norman Love, founder and president of Norman Love Confections. “I enjoy that this contest made our customers think of their moms and recall special moments. Moms are most often the ones who inspire our hopes and dreams, so this new Mother’s Day Collection is dedicated to all those moms or mother figures who work hard every day and serve as an inspiration to their children, grandchildren and loved ones.”

Among the inspirational moms submitted was Mary Love, who co-founded Norman Love Confections with her husband. Submitted by daughter Carly Love, Mary’s Lovely Toffee Coffee is dedicated to the moms like Mary who love the simple things in life – like chocolate.2016 Mother's Day Collection - 1

The 2016 Mother’s Day Collection is available in stores and online beginning April 18. Preorders are accepted online or by phone beginning April 18. All stores are closed on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8. Gift boxes contain an assortment of chocolates from the 2016 Mother’s Day Collection and white, milk and dark chocolates from the 36-flavor Signature Collection. The 5-piece box is available for $13.25, the 10-piece box is $23, 15-piece box is $33, 25-piece box is $48.50 and the 50-piece box is $95.00. To order, call 239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

The flavors for the Mother’s Day Collection 2016 include the following:

 Mary’s Lovely Toffee Coffee

Milk Chocolate

For the Mom who loves the simple things in life, a perfect pairing of golden buttery toffee and fresh roasted coffee, mixed with milk chocolate.

 

Stasha’s Homemade Lemon Raspberry

White Chocolate

A beautiful combination of fresh lemon and raspberry in white chocolate from a mom that puts her love into everything she makes, inspiring those around her.

 

Lois’s Raspberry and Almond Cream Treat2016 Mother's Day Collection - 4

White Chocolate

Childhood memories of freshly baked pastry, enjoyed on the way to school, with rich almond cream and raspberry jam finished with white chocolate.

 

Bonnie’s Cruise Crème Brulee

Dark Chocolate

Perfectly prepared vanilla custard with golden caramel to celebrate the end of every perfect day of happiness with a sister who raised her sibling like a mom.

 

Esther’s Favorite Coconut Pineapple

Dark Chocolate

Slow-cooked caramelized pineapple and creamy coconut in a dark chocolate shell, making the time to enjoy your mom’s favorite flavors with her that much sweeter.

 

Vivian’s Famous Rum Cake2016 Mother's Day Collection - 2

Dark Chocolate

Holidays full of laughter, love and Mom’s famous cake with dark chocolate and a touch of dark rum are truly a reason to celebrate.

 

Helen’s Louisiana Pecan Praline

Milk Chocolate

Sweet family memories of Louisiana inspired this confection of candied spiced pecan praline paired with milk chocolate.

 

Trichelle’s Fiery Mango

White Chocolate

Ripe tropical mangos with some added fire, inspired by a Mom who put spice and adventure into her kids’ lives, making lasting memories full of Puerto Rican flavor.

 

Gina’s Do-it-all Double Shot Espresso

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For a homeschooling mother and wife, an extra shot of espresso is always welcomed, inspiring this slow-cooked vanilla caramel is deglazed with an espresso-steeped cream and finished in dark chocolate.

 

Patricia’s Peanut Butter Marshmallow

Milk Chocolate

Creamy peanut butter and fluffy marshmallow in milk chocolate captures childhood memories of family lunches full of laughter, joking and even food fights!

 

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380
Lind2016 Mother's Day Collection - 3bergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.
Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love
is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Norman Love Confections to open chocolate and dessert salon on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers

Gulf Coast Runners Dash and Dine at Freedom Park in Naples. Photo By Brian Tietz

Internationally acclaimed chocolatier Norman Love will open a new state-of-the-art chocolate and dessert salon in the Terra Design Center at 13211 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Scheduled to open in summer 2016, Norman Love Confections’ Fort Myers-McGregor Chocolate Salon will offer the company’s award-winning ultra-premium, handcrafted chocolates, as well as specialty desserts, artisanal baked goods, coffees, novelty products and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love. The 1,700-square-foot chocolate and dessert salon will offer indoor and outdoor seating with take-out or dine-in options.

“Opening along the popular McGregor Boulevard corridor has been a long-term goal and is part of our company’s aggressive expansion plan,” said Norman Love, founder and president of Norman Love Confections. “Our fifth and newest location will allow us to better serve our customers who travel from Sanibel and Cape Coral, as well as those communities and businesses surrounding the McGregor Boulevard area and nearby downtown Fort Myers. Offering a full-service Norman Love Confections’ experience, we hope to quickly become the No. 1 destination for dessert dining in the area.”

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Norman Love Confections’ chocolatier Justin Fry named Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition

Photo 3 - Justin Fry with Magician Sculpture

Chef chocolatier Justin Fry of Norman Love Confections has won the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition. The competition took place on Sunday, March 6 at the International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The theme for the 2016 competition was Magic & Illusions.

Fry competed against the top pastry chefs from across the U.S. With a few tricks up his sleeve, Fry created a confectionary sculpture of a classic magician with a whimsical twist, featuring card tricks, a magician’s hat and suitcase, magic wands and a rabbit within a crystal ball. In addition to the showpiece, he presented artisan chocolates, a plated dessert and a cake.

Photo 1 - Justin Fry, of Norman Love Confections, 2014 Pastry Live winner photo courtesy of Beatrice Schneider, Chicago Mold School

“I’m so proud of Justin and his extraordinary talents and tireless dedication,” said Norman Love, founder and CEO of Norman Love Confections. “For the past year, he’s worked late into the night training and perfecting his entries which was above and beyond his typical work day. To me, it’s a great life lesson, proving that if you commit to something, put forth the necessary effort, the reward is pretty special. The entire Norman Love Confections team is very proud of Justin– his talent and dedication are truly exemplary.”

Photo 2 - Justin Fry - Magician Sculpture

The U.S. Pastry Competition is America’s most prestigious pastry competition. The event allows leading pastry chefs to showcase their talents by creating advanced dessert and chocolate bonbon recipes exhibited along with highly technical sugar and chocolate sculpted showpieces. Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, presided over the judging procedures. Contest awards total over $10,000.00.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest raises more than $2.8 million and counting to benefit pediatric health care

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Photo 1SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest has raised more than $2.8 million and counting, with 100 percent of the proceeds directly benefitting pediatric health care in Southwest Florida. Made possible by title sponsor Pitbladdo Holdings, LLC, the two-day signature fundraising event featured Chef Vintner Dinners on Feb. 26 and The Grand Tasting & Live Auction on Feb. 27, where more than 300 came together at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club to raise money for SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s beneficiaries, Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, and pediatric programs and scholarships at Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College. Following The Grand Tasting & Live Auction, festivities concluded with a Relax & Re-Wine After Party at SS Hookers Waterfront Restaurant, hosted by the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest co-chairs Sandy Stilwell and Andie Vogt, which featured a live performance from award-winning country music entertainer and singer songwriter Billy Dean & Steel Horses.

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The highlight of the event was the Live Auction, which featured a selection of more than 40 exclusive domestic and international getaways, delectable wine and culinary offerings, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to be auctioned off to the highest bidders, with 100 percent of the proceeds to benefit SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s beneficiaries.

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“We are blown away by the generosity and kindness of the many guests, donors, sponsors, vintners, chefs and volunteers that participated in the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, and we are so grateful for all who came together to show their support of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc., our beneficiaries and the countless children that will be impacted by the funds raised during this event,” said Sandy Stilwell, co-chair of the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest. “The success of this year’s event is all thanks to the wonderful supporters who have shared their time and resources to support this cause, and simple words cannot express our gratitude for the many amazing individuals within our Southwest Florida community,” added event co-chair Andie Vogt.

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The most anticipated item up for bid during the Live Auction was the Cliff Williams and Mark Loren auction lot, featuring a signed bass guitar played by Cliff Williams, AC/DC bassist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry of an AC/DC guitar pick pendant adorned with diamonds and gems, suspended from an original Williams’ bass guitar string, created by international award-winning custom jewelry designer, Mark Loren. This highly coveted lot went for a total of $140,000 at the Wine & Food Fest, the highest single bid of the afternoon.

The once-in-a-lifetime package that received the most attention from auction-goers was an exclusive four-night trip for four people to the Bahamas, where the winning bidder will have the opportunity to enjoy a round of golf and day of fishing with Justin Rose, the 2013 U.S. Open Champion and current #7 world-ranked professional golfer. After an intense competition amongst bidders, the auction closed with a winning bid of $100,000. Multiple international travel packages were also among the most popular auction lots. A classic African safari featuring 13 days in Kenya and Tanzania went for $55,000.

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The Southwest Florida recreation of the James Beard House-style gourmet dining experience was a popular item amongst auction-goers, raising $100,000. With bids of $5,000 per couple, 20 couples reserved their seats at Sea Salt Restaurant in Naples on Oct. 30, 2016, where they will enjoy an exclusive evening of culinary distinction, hosted by Southwest Florida’s award-winning chefs, Chef Fabrizio Aielli of Sea Salt, Chef Harold Balink of Harold’s, Chef Todd Johnson of Rumrunners and Chef Norman Love of Norman Love Confections.

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Generous vintner donors doubled their original donations to the Live Auction, allowing additional bidders to compete for an exclusive experience. A trip to Napa Valley for a five-night stay for eight at Gamble Family Vineyards was donated a second time, bringing in a total of $80,000 between the two bids. Honored Signature Vintner, Williams Selyem Winery, also donated another trip for guests to become winemakers for a day, with a three-night trip for four to Williams Selyem Winery, which raised a total of $40,000. In addition, Carter Cellars doubled their donation of a three-night wine country journey in Napa Valley and Humboldt County for four people including dinners, tours and tastings at Hotel Carter in Eurkea and Envy Wines, as well as original artwork by Sherri Carter. Sold twice, the Carter Cellars “Art of Wine” package went for a total of $40,000.

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In addition to the fun and excitement of the afternoon, the Live Auction also featured heartfelt examples of the event’s impact on children in Southwest Florida. As a young patient of Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, 2016 Child Artist Avery McCaskill’s touching story brought the room to tears, as her mother shared their unique experience with Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida and SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s child artist program. Young Avery’s one-of-a-kind painting of an owl raised $150,000 for Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Her work of art will be put on display at the hospital for patients and visitors to enjoy.

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Dozens of enthusiastic attendees also raised their paddles to show their support for the new Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida through SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s “Fund-a-Cause” initiative, “A Million Reasons to Give.”  To date, a record-setting total of more than $800,000 has been raised to help Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida provide the special surgical instruments and communication and monitoring technology that a state-of-the-art children’s hospital needs to effectively serve its patients. Donations of $100 and more continue to be accepted online, at swflwinefest.org/give-to-give/.

Dr. Amy Stanfill, pediatric surgeon at Golisano Children’s Hospital, shared her appreciation for the support of SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. and the local community:

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“I am so thankful for the opportunity to participate in the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, and I am honored to represent Golisano Children’s Hospital at such an inspirational event,” Dr. Stanfill said. “As a mother and a pediatric surgeon, I’m grateful to the many passionate and generous bidders. Thanks to the continued support of our community, we are better able to perform lifesaving surgeries on children in our community. This generously donated equipment can provide invaluable care and service to future generations for years to come.”

The afternoon concluded with the Pass the Hat portion of the Live Auction, where auction-goers generously added a variety of donations to the top hat, including cash, jewelry and college scholarships to FSW and FGCU, donated by the foundations of both institutions. The unique auction lot brought in a total of $60,000 at the 2016 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest.

For more information about SWFL Children’s Charities Inc. or its annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

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The SWFL Children’s Charities Inc.’s annual signature fundraiser, the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, has raised $15.6 million over the past seven years, making it the most successful fundraising event in Lee County and one of the top-grossing wine fests in the country. The nonprofit, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. donates 100 percent of the event proceeds to three local beneficiaries. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is the primary beneficiary of the event, and the money raised helps to fund the building of the new family-centered children’s hospital that will provide new and expanded medical services and subspecialty services to children from Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. In addition to providing funds for the new state-of-the-art Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc. supports pediatric health care programs and provides scholarships for students at Florida SouthWestern State College and Florida Gulf Coast University. For more information, visit www.swflwinefest.org.

Norman Love Confections’ chocolatier Justin Fry to compete in U.S. Pastry Competition at New York Restaurant Show

Justin Fry, of Norman Love Confections, 2014 Pastry Live winner photo courtesy of Beatrice Schneider, Chicago Mold School

Chef Justin Fry of Norman Love Confections will compete for the coveted title of Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition taking place at the International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York on Sunday, March 6 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The theme for the 2016 competition is Magic & Illusions. With a few tricks up his sleeve, Fry has created a classic magician sculpture in preparation for the competition. In addition to the showpiece, he will present artisan chocolates, a plated dessert and a cake.

The U.S. Pastry Competition is America’s most prestigious pastry competition. The event allows leading pastry chefs to showcase their talents by creating advanced dessert and chocolate bonbon recipes exhibited along with highly technical sugar and chocolate sculpted showpieces. Board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the oldest and most prestigious chef associations in the world, will preside over the judging procedures. Contest awards will total over $10,000.00.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Cooking with Love: 2016 Cooking Classes by Norman Love Confections begin March 16

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Norman Love Confections announces its 2016 classes: Cooking with Love. Beginning March 16 through September, the Hall-of-Fame chef chocolatier Norman Love and his award-winning team will share some of their techniques and lead participants through the process of creating artisan confections and exquisite desserts.

Norman Love Confections is offering an assortment of evening classes that begin at 6:30 p.m. with a wine reception and typically end around 9:30 p.m. The cost is $95 per person, per class. Classes are limited, so early reservations are encouraged. Due to health and safety regulations, closed toe shoes, minimal jewelry and sleeved shirts are required. For more information or to make reservations, call 239-561-7215.

Cookies:  

Learn how to create a delicious array of cookies, including rich French Diamant butter cookies, beautiful jam-filled Linzer cookies and absolutely outstanding chocolate chip cookies with Norman Love Confections’ pastry chefs. Dates: April 6, July 13 and Sept. 21

Tarts:

Learn to make simple and delicious gourmet tarts guided by our pastry chefs. From decadent baked chocolate tarts to bright and festive fruit tarts, have fun along the way and take home yo2014 Cookie Class - Susan Kennedy, Mirian Ortez, Louise Lightman and Debra McCabe with John Cook, Norman Love Confectionsur creations. Dates: March 23 and June 15

Easter Eggs:

Create your very own Easter egg chocolate sculpture filled with delicious Swiss milk chocolate truffles. Norman Love chocolatiers will guide you in creating and hand painting your own dark chocolate egg, which will also be beautifully packaged and ready to give or enjoy yourself! Dates: March 16 and March 23

Truffles:

Master the 100-year-old art of truffle making, from the luscious dark chocolate hand-formed truffle to the modern Swiss chocolate shell with fillings. Bring the finished treasures home to enjoy. Dates: April 20 and July 13

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Prepare to enjoy a deliciously elegant night of chocolate and wine pairings hosted by Chef Norman Love. Learn the unique qualities of each of the featured chocolates, the history of chocolate making and the confection-making process, as well as the art of pairing chocolate and wine. Dates: May 18 and July 27

Molded Candies:

Let the chocolate masters at Norman Love Confections teach you how to make their famous jewel-like chocolate treasures including how to cast liquid chocolate, hand-color the shells and mixing the custom ganache to fill your candies. Dates: April 6, May 4, June 1, June 15, June 29, Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 7 and Sept. 21

Cupcakes:

Create custom cupcakes that will delight your friends and family. You will learn how to construct these sweet masterpieces from the rich chocolate batter start to fluffy buttercream finish. Dates: March 16, June 1 and Aug. 10

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Learn how to make rich dark chocolate cake, sweet and tart strawberry shortcake, and creamy chocolate peanut butter cake. Stack and finish your own cakes and enjoy a tasting at the end with the pastry chefs. Date: May 4 and Sept. 7

Home Desserts:

Norman Love Confections’ pastry chefs will teach you an array of dessert options you can comfortably make in your own kitchen. From the most popular Liquid Center Chocolate Cake to classic Vanilla Panna Cotta and decadent Chocolate Mousse Verrine. Dates: June 29 and Aug. 24

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corpNLC - 2015 Easter Eggorate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Limited-edition Easter Sundae Collection offered by Norman Love Confections

Easter Gift Boxes

Norman Love Confections debuts its limited-edition Easter Sundae Collection featuring ten “ice cream sundae” inspired flavors including Peanut Butter Sundae, Raspberry Chocolate Ripple Sundae, Vanilla Caramel Sundae, Chocolate Ripple Sundae, Cherry Vanilla Sundae, Mint Chocolate Cookie Sundae, Strawberry Sundae, Coffee Fudge Chunk Sundae, Banana Split Sundae and Hot Fudge Sundae.

Easter Sundae Collection

The Easter Sundae Collection is available in stores and online beginning March 14 through March 26. Preorders are accepted online or by phone beginning March 7. All stores are closed on Easter Sunday. Gift boxes contain an assortment of chocolate eggs from the 2016 Easter Sundae Collection and white, milk and dark chocolates from the 36-flavor Signature Collection. The 5-piece box is available for $13.25, the 10-piece box is $23, 15-piece box is $33, 25-piece box is $48.50 and the 50-piece box is $95.00. To order, call 239-561-7215 or visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

Easter Sundae 2016 Flavor Descriptions:

Peanut Butter Sundae
Milk Chocolate
The perfect combination of creamy peanut butter and luscious milk chocolate in every delicious bite.
Limited-edition Easter Sundae Collection

Raspberry Chocolate Ripple Sundae
Dark Chocolate
Rich bittersweet ganache marbled with fresh raspberry jam and topped with dark chocolate.

Vanilla Caramel Sundae
Milk Chocolate
Vanilla cream ganache and buttery salted caramel sauce coated in milk chocolate.

Chocolate Ripple Sundae
Milk Chocolate
A chocolate lover’s dream, decadent sweet fudge ganache wrapped in a creamy milk chocolate shell.

Cherry Vanilla Sundae
White Chocolate
White chocolate is the perfect topping for each delicious bite of creamy cherry and vanilla ganache.

Mint Chocolate Cookie Sundae
Dark Chocolate
Crushed chocolate cream cookies are sprinkled into a smooth white chocolate mint cream ganache and topped with dark chocolate.

Norman Love Confections - Easter

Strawberry Sundae
White Chocolate
Each bite of vanilla cream in this sundae is marbled with streaks of fresh, tart strawberry jam and white chocolate.

Coffee Fudge Chunk Sundae
Dark Chocolate
Fresh brewed espresso carefully infused into a dark chocolate cream creates a beautifully balanced coffee confection

Banana Split Sundae
White Chocolate
Just imagine fresh banana topped with scoops of vanilla cream, chocolate crunch, and a cherry on top.

Hot Fudge Sundae
Dark Chocolate
An American classic, this hot fudge sundae confection offers a touch of heat in its layers of silky bittersweet ganache under a dark chocolate shell.

Ice Cream Sundae

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

Norman Love Confections appoints Ruth Cohen as chef manager of Artisan Gelato by Norman Love

Norman Love Confections has appointed Chef Ruth Cohen as chef manager of Artisan Gelato by Norman Love. In this position, Cohen will manage the daily chef operations withinRuth Cohen Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, upholding Norman Love Confections’ commitment to excellence and high-quality artisan products.

With more than 20 years in the culinary industry, Cohen has served as a chef in a variety of restaurants in Southwest Florida, across the U.S. and internationally and has returned to Southwest Florida to bring her culinary talents to the team at Artisan Gelato by Norman Love.

“It’s truly an honor to join the team at Norman Love Confections, renowned for using the finest, freshest products and nurturing creativity,” said Cohen. “At Artisan Gelato, sweet meets savory and I’m able to cross boundaries in a world that’s usually separated. It’s exciting to offer such a variety to customers and appeal to many palates.”

The gelateria, located adjacent to Norman Love Confections’ Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, serves rich handmade authentic Italian artisan gelato with a unique American twist from Norman Love. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love also offers an array of daily specials including fresh handmade French sweet or savory crepes, paninis, soups, salads and artisan pastries for guests to enjoy. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love’s award-winning chefs create everything fresh daily, using only the world’s finest ingredients.

Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, located at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love’s fine gelato products are also served during regular store hours at the Naples Chocolate Salon, located at 3747 Tamiami Trail North, and the Estero Chocolate Salon, located near the north entrance to Miromar Outlets.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers.  The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.

First Love inspires Norman Love Confections’ 2016 Valentine’s Day Collection

First Love - 10pc

First love is often described as the one you never forget. With that in mind, Norman Love Confections is bringing back ten favorite Norman Love Signature flavors from years past to create the First Love Collection for Valentine’s Day 2016. The limited-edition First Love Valentine’s Day Collection features 5 Spice, Lime, French Silk, Gianduja, Crema Catalana, Muscadine, Macadamia, Éclair, Java Fudge and Pineapple.

The 10 heart-shaped chocolates are available with the assortment of 36 Norman Love Confections’ Signature flavors in gift boxes of all sizes, or in the limited-edition heart-shaped gift boxes. The limited-edition 10-piece heart-shaped gift box includes all of the 2016 Valentine’s Day flavors and is available for $25. The 24-piece heart-shaped gift box filled with an assortment of chocolates from both the 2016 Valentine’s Day collection and the 36-flavor Signature collection is available for $50. Online preorders for the First Love Valentine’s Day Collection will begin on Jan. 25 at www.normanloveconfections.com, with shipping beginning Feb. 1, and will be available for sale in-store Monday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 14 at Norman Love Confections’ chocolate salons in Fort Myers, Naples and Estero.

First Love - 24pc

“There are certain flavors that customers love best, and never seem to forget,” said Norman Love, founder and owner, Norman Love Confections. “We continually receive requests to bring back these distinct flavors.”

Norman Love Confections’ Southwest Florida locations will offer special hours for Valentine’s Day only. The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, located at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon, located at 3747 Tamiami Trail North, will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Estero Chocolate Salon, located near the north entrance to Miromar Outlets, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, located at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, east of I-75, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During its regular hours, Norman Love Confections’ Fort Myers Chocolate Salon is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Naples Chocolate Salon is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. The Estero Chocolate Salon is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

First Love Flavor Descriptions:

5 Spice
Milk Chocolate
A delicate and flavorful Asian 5 Spice is infused into a creamy milk chocolate center for an exciting and exotic confection.

Lime
Dark Chocolate
A gently cooked egg cream, mixed with fresh lime juice, adds a punch of tartness to this sweet blend of dark and milk chocolates.

French Silk
Dark Chocolate
Silky dark chocolate pudding is blended with dark chocolate and butter for a decadent, creamy caress of flavor.

Gianduja
Milk Chocolate
Gianduja features smooth milk chocolate blended with hazelnut paste for a buttery filling in a milk chocolate shell.

Crema Catalana
White Chocolate
This Spanish inspired ganache brings together white chocolate and fresh citrus flavors with a touch of vanilla and cinnamon.

Muscadine
Dark Chocolate
Silky smooth milk and dark chocolate ganache will warm your taste buds with a swirl of Orange Liquor and a buttery finish.

Macadamia
White Chocolate
Roasted macadamia nuts are ground into a delicate white chocolate filling and enrobed in fine white chocolate.

Éclair
Milk Chocolate
Layers of vanilla custard and milk chocolate ganache create the perfect dessert within a crisp milk chocolate shell.

Java Fudge
Milk Chocolate
Vanilla caramel, cooked slowly and deglazed with espresso cream, is captured within a milk chocolate shell.

Pineapple
White Chocolate
Pureed pineapple is slow-cooked to perfection with vanilla and sugar, then finished with fresh butter and cloaked in white chocolate.

Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters that encompasses both production and retail operations. The Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded 13 times by a leading consumer ratings magazine including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates.

Founded in 2001 by Norman and Mary Love, Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from its corporate headquarters at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd. in Fort Myers. The award-winning Fort Myers-based chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation. Forbes.com included Norman Love Confections BLACK line on its list of the nation’s top 10 truffles; The Huffington Post listed it among the six best U.S. destinations in its Chocolate Lover’s Travel Guide; and USA Today named Love as one of its top 10 entrepreneurs for 2014. Love has recently been named as the inaugural inductee of Dessert Professional Magazine’s Chocolatier Hall of Fame, partnered with local chefs to present a six-course meal at the James Beard House in New York and Norman Love Confections was ranked among the top 10 shops in the world for chocolate lovers by U.K. media outlet Daily Telegraph.

Norman Love Confections has Chocolate Salons in Fort Myers, Estero and Naples, and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love is next door to the Fort Myers salon, off Daniels Parkway east of I-75. Chocolates, gift baskets, sipping chocolate and Love’s book, “Artistry in Chocolate, A Story of Love,” also can be ordered online at www.normanloveconfections.com. In addition, Norman Love Confections chocolates and desserts are offered on 18 Princess Cruises’ ships through the “Chocolate Journeys” partnership and at independent retail locations throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.normanloveconfections.com or call 239-561-7215.