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Celebrate Easter with a gourmet twist

Posted by Norman On April 11th

pr IMG 7855 rt 300x200 Celebrate Easter with a gourmet twistEveryone has a favorite Easter candy, from chocolate bunnies to jelly beans and marshmallow treats. For kids, the focus is often on getting the most candy in their Easter basket, but for the sophisticated palate sweet nostalgia comes with carefully selected high quality items.

Norman Love Confections offers your favorite Easter candies with a gourmet twist. All of our gourmet chocolate Easter items are made with the finest white, milk and dark chocolates available. In fact, all of our ingredients are carefully selected for freshness and quality throughout the year.

From the 10 gourmet Chocolate Easter Eggs in our 2014 Easter Collection to our amazingly creamy and decadent Chocolate Bunnies, Chocolate-covered Marshmallow Bunnies and Chocolate-covered Jelly Beans, there’s no denying the quality of our selection.

Explore all the Easter gifts and indulgences available now at www.NormanLoveConfections.com/store/Easter-Collection, and don’t forget to check out our recently expanded offering of Chocolate Specialties, which make excellent additions to any Easter basket.

Remember, many of these selections are available through Easter only, so don’t hesitate to try them now!

Win two tickets to 3 Wishes SWFL Event!

Posted by Norman On September 24th

3 Wishes 300x188 Win two tickets to 3 Wishes SWFL Event!  While 3 Wishes event organizers recently announced that tickets are sold out for the event of the year, Mary and Norman Love are donating two seats to the Nov. 8 fundraiser that will benefit three local charities.

The $25 chance drawing includes much more than two tickets valued at $1,000 to the event. The prize package also includes a 15-piece box of Norman Love Confections monthly for a year ($725 value), plus an invitation to attend the exclusive (and priceless) VIP day-after reception with the visiting pastry chefs from the Food Network and Bravo at the home of Norman Love. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. Only 1,000 tickets are available (need not be present to win; see ticket for rules). Drawing will take place Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 at Norman Love Confections in Fort Myers. Cash or check only.

The 3 Wishes event will feature a progressive dinner at Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center where guests move through the Marketplace, to the Sultan’s Palace and then complete the evening in the Cave of Wonders. While in the Marketplace, guests will enjoy belly dancers, appetizers with a Moroccan flair, a signature drink and fire dancers. For dinner, diners will be lead to the Sultan’s Palace for a three-course meal followed by a live auction. To conclude the evening, guests will gather in the Cave of Wonders for exquisite desserts.

Assisting Love and his pastry chefs from Norman Love Confections with the evening’s desserts are Florian Bellanger, Mad-Mac, New York City, and Food Network Cupcake Wars judge; Keegan Gerhard, D Bar Desserts, Denver, and Food Network Challenge series host; and Johnny Iuzzini, Sugar Fueled Inc., Brooklyn, and Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts head judge.

“Mary and I are fully committed to raising funds for these three children’s charities,” said Love. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend an extravagant evening and spend time with celebrity chefs in our home.”

Norman Love, of Norman Love Confections, was the featured speaker at the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce board of directors retreat in August at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa. Love shared his motivational and entrepreneurial message as well as the challenges and issues he faced growing his business on his way to achieving entrepreneurial success.

The Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce promotes an environment where business can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area. Norman Love Confections chocolate salons are located in Fort Myers and Naples; and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, a Euro-chic gelateria, is located in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

Norman Love, of Norman Love Confections, was the featured speaker at the IMC NextGen Speaker Series in June at Bay Colony Golf Club. Love, recognized for his entrepreneurial successes, discussed the challenges and issues he faced growing his business. The mission of the IMC NextGen Speaker Series is to encourage leadership, philanthropic involvement, mentorship and connectivity. Norman Love Confections chocolate salons are located in Fort Myers and Naples; and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, a Euro-chic gelateria, is located in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

An all-star list of local and national celebrity chefs are participating in the second annual 3 Wishes extravaganza benefiting three local nonprofits this fall. Taking part in this year’s “Cave of Wonders” on Friday, Nov. 8 to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida are:

  • Marbin Avilez-Guzman Sr., The Firestone, Fort Myers
  • Florian Bellanger, Mad-Mac, New York City, and Food Network Cupcake Wars judge
  • Jason Billington, Angelina’s Ristorante, Bonita Springs
  • Harold Blanik, Crü, Fort Myers
  • John Cook, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers
  • Byron Cruz, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Bonita Springs
  • Dan Forgey, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers
  • Keegan Gerhard, D Bar Desserts, Denver, and Food Network Challenge series host
  • Rachel Godlin, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers
  • Neil Griffin, Il Cielo, Sanibel Island
  • Johnny Iuzzini, Sugar Fueled Inc, Brooklyn, and Bravo’s Top Chef Just Desserts head judge
  • Jay Johnson, Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon, Cape Coral
  • Todd Johnson, Rumrunners, Cape Coral
  • Norman Love, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers
  • Billy Mak, Blu Sushi, Fort Myers
  • Maura Metheny, Norman Love Confections, Fort Myers
  • Sebastien Thieffine, The Ritz-Carlton Resorts, Naples

Event co-chairs Michele Eddy and Lori Sampson-Wilson announced that this year’s event will be held at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers from 6 p.m. to midnight. The Cave of Wonders theme will include a captivating progressive dinner where guests will move through the Marketplace, to the Sultan’s Palace, and then complete their evening in the Cave of Wonders.

While in the Marketplace, guests will enjoy belly dancers, appetizers with a Moroccan flair, a signature drink and fire dancers. For dinner, diners will be lead to the Sultan’s Palace for a three-course meal followed by a live auction. To conclude the evening, guests will gather in the Cave of Wonders for exquisite desserts.

At last year’s event, more than 30 guests enjoyed a three-course progressive evening hosted by Michele Eddy, Gary King and Rose O’Dell King along with Norman and Mary Love. The more than $30,000 raised was divided equally among three local charities: Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the Ronald McDonald House of Southwest Florida and Make-A-Wish Foundation Southern Florida. Local chefs and restaurants provided food for the evening including Hemingway’s (Chef Justin Fleming), Sea Salt (Chef Fabrizio Aiello) and Norman Love Confections (Chef Norman Love).

According to Sampson-Wilson, this year’s goal will be to have all donations given to the charities with costs covered by sponsorship dollars. For more information about the event or sponsorships, contact Michele Eddy at 239-450-2798 or Lori Sampson-Wilson at 239-850-6697.

Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association recently toured Norman Love Confections. Chocolatier Norman Love shared his secrets to success as well as revealed upcoming plans. The purpose and objective of the Southwest Regional Manufacturers Association is to bring together manufacturers to encourage the economic development of Southwest Florida through manufacturing, and to act as a forum for the expression and exchange of ideas and information among its members. Norman Love Confections chocolate salons are located in Fort Myers and Naples; and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, a Euro-chic gelateria, is located in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

norman headshot 300x202 Norman Love to speak at IMC NextGen Speaker SeriesNorman Love, of Norman Love Confections, is this month’s speaker at the IMC NextGen breakfast Friday, June 28 at Bay Colony Golf Club. Love, recognized for his entrepreneurial successes, will discuss the challenges and issues he faced growing his business. The mission of the IMC NextGen Speaker Series is to encourage leadership, philanthropic involvement, mentorship and connectivity. A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Bay Colony Golf Club is located at 9740 Bent Grass Bend in Naples. Seating is limited to this exclusive event. Reservations are required by contacting Mary Kent at 239-348-1800 or mkent@imcwealth.com.

Joe Garita VP of SGA ESC student Jennifer Hernandez Norman Love 300x222 Norman Love was keynote speaker at Edison’s Cornerstone Experience class Megan Bender ESC student and NLC employee with Norman Love 300x228 Norman Love was keynote speaker at Edison’s Cornerstone Experience class Chocolatier Norman Love was the keynote speaker during a recent Cornerstone Experience class at Edison State College, Collier Campus. The course is designed to help first-year students succeed in college, and then apply their knowledge in other classes and their workplace. Topics include time management, motivation and critical thinking. Norman Love shared his secrets to success including “giving your absolute best” everyday philosophy. Norman Love Confections chocolate salons are located in Fort Myers and Naples; and Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, a Euro-chic gelateria, is located in Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

Opening a box of Norman Love Confections is always a treat but this holiday season it could be even sweeter. Custom jeweler Mark Loren and gourmet chocolatier Norman Love have once again partnered for the 12 Gems of Christmas.

From Nov. 30 through Dec. 24, 2012, customers of Norman Love Confections could discover a Mark Loren Designs’ rare and precious gem, or an NLC or MLD $50 gift certificate hidden in a box of chocolates. Twelve gems and 40 gift certificates (20 each from Loren and Love) will be randomly placed in signature boxes of Norman Love Confections.

12 gems1 Norman Love & Mark Loren Team Up for 12 Gems of Christmas!

Lucky customers or gift recipients have the opportunity to find one of the following gems in an NLC signature box this holiday season:

-12.16ct natural oval-cut Zircon from Africa

-7.81ct pear shape Orange Citrine from Brazil

-1.21ct emerald cut Orange Sapphire from Sri Lanka

-13.8ct millennium-cut oval Lemon Quartz

-.53ct fancy green round brilliant Sapphire

-6.14ct Pink Topaz fancy round cut

-4ct fancy shape Aquamarine from Brazil

-10.52ct Crystal Opal double sided

-oval-cut large faceted oval golden Amber

-14mm Large Black Pearl from Tahiti

-3 pieces/3.14cts total weight radiant-cut matching Peridot from Pakistan

-Matched pair oval-cut Imperial Topaz 1.49cts from Brazil
The NLC 2012 holiday flavors are:

Apple Cider: Filled with slow cooked pureed granny smith apples, this milk chocolate confection is flavored with vanilla, cinnamon and sweet cream butter.

Candy Cane: Creamy white chocolate ganache and cool peppermint are swirled together in this beautiful holiday classic.

Cranberry Orange: Tart cranberry puree and fresh orange juice blended into a Swiss white chocolate ganache bring cheer in its sweetest form.

Cup of Cheer: The dark chocolate “cup” is filled with milk chocolate ganache featuring coffee, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, cream and butter.

Egg Nog: Toast the holiday with a traditional spiced egg nog ganache, covered in white chocolate and infused with freshly grated nutmeg and a hint of brandy.

Gingerbread: Fresh baked gingerbread cookies are blended into silky milk chocolate ganache and a delicious mix of grated fresh ginger, spices, cream and butter.

Hot Cocoa: Inspired by a sweet cup of warm cocoa made with rich dark chocolate, a touch of Habanera makes this confection truly unique.

Mint Patty: A cool mint cream sits atop intense dark chocolate ganache, capturing the wonders of winter with each bite.

S’mores: Delicate white chocolate marshmallows, toasted graham cracker and milk chocolate combine for a modern twist on this childhood favorite.

White Christmas: A traditional blend of crunchy hazelnut praline and creamy cinnamon ganache are layered inside a beautiful milk chocolate shell.

Prices range from $13.25 for a 5-piece box to $95 for a 50-piece box. The 12 Gems of Christmas boxes are available at the Fort Myers and Naples chocolate salons, online at www.normanloveconfections.com, as well as at Mark Loren Designs showroom at 13351 McGregor Blvd., between College Parkway and Cypress Lake Drive in Fort Myers.

This offer is available for local purchases only. The 12 Gems of Christmas boxes aren’t available through online purchases/shipping.

 

How to throw a chocolate tasting party

Posted by Norman On July 25th

Nearly everyone likes chocolate, so why not make it the centerpiece of a really fun get-together? Whether you are already a chocolate connoisseur or someone who simply likes trying different flavors and brands of chocolate, a chocolate party is a great way to enjoy your favorite food, expand your culinary horizons and share your passion with friends.

Similar to a wine tasting, the basic concept of a chocolate tasting is really quite simple. First, provide guests with a variety of chocolates to sample. To make things interesting, offer a wide range of chocolates that vary in price, origin, intensity and flavors. Give each guest a plate with one sample of each chocolate on it, numbering the samples so they can be identified without giving away the names. Also give the guests some journal paper to write down their thoughts about each chocolate, or search online for chocolate tasting scorecards that you can download for free. You can taste the chocolates together as a group and discuss the flavors and features as you go, or let everyone taste at their own pace and write down their impressions. Have guests vote for their favorite chocolate and guess which one is the most expensive and which one is the least expensive. Invite them to guess details such as the chocolate’s cocoa mass, origin or brand. You can even give prizes. In the end, reveal information in a brief presentation about each chocolate.

This format works for any number of guests, from 5 to 50, and you can make the party as simple or as extravagant as you wish through the use of decorations and accompaniments. Absolutely provide water so guests can cleanse their pallet between samples. You can also provide unsalted crackers, shortbread cookies or a mild fruit sorbet. If you really want to make things interesting, provide a variety of wines, beers, cheeses and fruits to explore the best pairings with your chocolate as well.

If you are in the Southwest Florida area, join us on Aug. 22 for a deliciously elegant night of chocolate and wine pairings hosted by Norman Love Confections. Norman will explain the elaborate and wonderful world of chocolate production, starting from raw cocoa beans to the velvety couverture of premium chocolates, and how their natural flavors find a harmony with certain wines. Taste and explore, bringing home this unique knowledge to enrich your home dining experience. Visit http://www.normanloveconfections.com/classes/chocolate-and-wine-tasting/ for information on registering for this unique experience.

Comment here with additional ideas for a fabulous chocolate tasting soiree….