Norman Love Confections partnered with The French Pastry School to deliver more than 30,000 cookies to Southwest Florida families affected by Hurricane Irma. Chef Sebastien Cannone, M.O.F and President of The French Pastry School and his team flew in from Chicago to deliver the cookies to hurricane victims on Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22 in Lee and Collier counties. Chef Cannone and his team were joined by Norman Love, president and CEO of Norman Love Confections and members of his team.

“We watched the coverage of the destruction of both hurricanes and knew we had to come together to try and make a difference in the lives of people affected by them.  One small gesture can make a big difference,” says Chef Sebastien Canonne, M.O.F. and President of The French Pastry School.

Upon learning of the devastation in Florida over 60, chef instructors, students, alumni, corporate partners and members of the staff from The French Pastry School worked day and night baking and boxing fresh vanilla butter cookies using 1,600 pounds of European butter donated by Plugra, 1,500 pounds of flour donated by King Arthur and vanilla bean paste provided by Nielsen-Massey. Prior to their arrival in Florida, The French Pastry School’s Hurricane Relief Team donated and personally delivered 30,000 of their vanilla butter cookies and volunteered at NRG Stadium in Houston for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

“The French Pastry School is a long-time partner of Norman Love Confections, and they immediately reached out to offer their support, and it was our pleasure to join them in serving our community,” said Norman Love, president and CEO, Norman Love Confections. “With so many families in need, Community Cooperative and other local organizations continue to do an amazing job of providing food and supplies, and so many organizations locally and nationally have stepped up to assist. It’s our hope that these freshly baked cookies brought a moment of indulgence and sweet relief to so many who continue to suffer the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma.”

About the French Pastry School

Located in downtown Chicago, The French Pastry School strives to offer an innovative, effective, intensive education in which students are equipped to achieve excellence in the pastry, baking and confectionary arts. Founded in 1995 by Chefs Jacquy Pfeiffer and Sébastien Canonne, M.O.F. as a resource for intensive hands-on pastry instruction from internationally acclaimed master pastry chefs.  The French Pastry School prepares students of all ages, experiences and social backgrounds for a career in pastry. Students use the finest ingredients and equipment designed to teach the art, science, technique and method needed to excel in this growing industry. The school offers 3-day continuing education courses for food enthusiasts and professionals, as well as specialized certificate programs including L’Art de la Patisserie, a Professional Pastry program, L’Art du Gâteau, a professional cake baking and decorating program and L’Art de la Boulangerie, a professional artisan bread baking program in its fully-equipped, state-of-the-art kitchens in Chicago, Illinois. The French Pastry School’s goal is to transmit the knowledge, commitment and passion necessary for students to continually elevate the art of pastry in their careers. For more information visit www.frenchpastryschool.com.

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 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.