Press Release: Ten Students Finalists Selected for Front Porch® New Flavor Contest with Johnson & Wales University




CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 11, 2013) – Ten students were announced as finalists for their Southern-inspired ice cream recipes in The Second Annual Front Porch New Flavor Competition sponsored by Front Porch Carolina Churned Ice Cream and Johnson & Wales University Charlotte Campus.

“This year’s competition really understood the Southernism of the Front Porch brand,” said Babi Alarcon, president at Mooresville Ice Cream Company and Front Porch. “The students were spot-on with understanding the brand and the flavors of the south.”

The ten selected finalists are:

  • Deanna Ashcraft – Burst-of-Ambrosia (Morrisville, NY)
  • Madison Cullman – Shut your Mouth Sweet Potato Pie (Jacksonville, NC)
  • Jade Duncan – Mama’s Flapjacks w/ Bacon (Jamaica, NY)
  • Sally Foster- Carolina Blue Berry (Aiken, SC)
  • Mary Johnson-Clause – Harvest Pumpkin Spice (Charlotte, NC)
  • Marti Kelley – Southern Coffee Explosion (Pineview, GA)
  • Ayalah Raphiel – Marvelous Mississippi Mud Brownie (Dallas, TX)
  • Erica Sperduto – Brittle Me This? (Brick, NJ)
  • Deanna Tutrani – Crazy Carrot Cake (Cheshire, CT)
  • Jennifer Wells – Buzzing honey almond (Charlotte, NC)

Of the 53 submitted recipes, these ten finalists were selected and will create their ice cream recipes for a judging event on April 26th at the university. Judges and media guests will be able to mingle and sample the finalists’ creations. Light hors d’oeuvres will also be served.

Each of the 10 finalists will receive a $100 gift card. Then, one will win a Grand Prize of $1,000. The Runner-Up will win $500. Guests of the event will vote for a People’s Choice award, with a prize of $100.

Carolyn Malone, JWU alumna, submitted her Memaw’s Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe in the contest’s first year, which inspired Front Porch’s newest flavor, Happily Pineapply Upside Down Cake.

All media are invited to attend the judging day event on April 26th. Please RSVP to Laura at or 704-731-5094.

The Second Annual Front Porch New Flavor Competition is open exclusively to JWU students. For official rules and FAQ’s, visit


About Mooresville Ice Cream Company, LLC

Mooresville Ice Cream Company, LLC, maker of Front Porch Carolina Churned Ice Cream and Deluxe Ice Cream, has been using the freshest and highest-quality ingredients to produce premium ice cream for 89 years. Both brands are also available at the authentic ice cream parlor located next to the original creamery in downtown Mooresville. Its Deluxe brand is available at convenience stores and grocery stores throughout the greater Charlotte region. In 2012, the company launched Front Porch, Southern-inspired Carolina Churned Ice Cream. Front Porch is sold across the Southeast in nine grocery retailers in 14 states: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC.

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About Johnson & Wales University

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students at its four campuses in Providence, R.I.; North Miami, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; and Charlotte, N.C. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, education, nutrition, hospitality and technology. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 152 countries pursuing careers worldwide.


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