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Norman Love hosts cooking school at Gather Venice food and wine festival

Norman Love, owner and founder of Norman Love Confections, recently hosted culinary courses at Gather, a JW Epicurean & Mindful Experience, a food and wine festival held at JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa on the Venetian archipelago of Isola delle Rose. In partnership with Food and Wine, the event brought together some of the world’s leading culinary and wellness experts for a three-day epicurean extravaganza offering guests intimate chef cooking classes, tastings, experiential dinners and engaging opportunities to explore the connection between food and well-being.

With an emphasis on premium ingredients and innovative flavor combinations, renowned chocolatier Norman Love hosted a cooking class, For the Love of Chocolate, sharing the culinary artistry that goes into making each piece of his handcrafted confectionary delights into gorgeous gourmet works of art.

Additionally, at a second workshop, Chef Love demonstrated his take on tiramisu, the classic Italian dessert whose name means “pick me up” in Italian. Attendees watched as Norman Love created an eye-catching, modern version of the aptly named coffee-flavored dessert made from a light, airy sponge cake soaked in sweet espresso and layered with mascarpone cheese mousse.

During the coveted grand “Il Finale: All-Star Feast gala dinner, Chef Love joined five Michelin-star chefs to present a multi-course seated dinner to 130 guests, where he presented his interpretation of Ferrero Rocher, a chocolate and hazelnut confectionery produced by the Italian chocolatier, Ferrero.

“It was an honor to participate among some of finest epicurean experts in the world and to share my passion and appreciation for artisanal desserts in beautiful Venice, Italy,” Love said, “I’m grateful for the opportunity to showcase our focus on artistry, premium ingredients, and innovative flavor combinations to an international audience of food and wine lovers during this very special event.”


About Norman Love Confections

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, Florida. 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 was named 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, including a pastry shop and café at Whole Foods Market in Fort Myers salon. 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.

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