Press Release: Two Johnson & Wales Students Awarded in Local Ice Cream Competition with Front Porch




CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 26, 2013) – During a judging event held earlier today, Front Porch® Carolina Churned Ice Cream announced two Johnson & Wales University students as winners for their Southern-inspired ice cream recipes in the Second Annual Front Porch New Flavor Competition.

“We were blown away by the creativity of these local student chefs,” said Babi Alarcon, CEO of Mooresville Ice Cream Company and Front Porch.

Marti Kelley’s recipe, Southern Coffee Explosion ice cream, won Grand Prize. Kelley was awarded a $1,000 check at the event. Kelley is from Pineview, Georgia. The Runner-Up for $500, Deanna Tutrani from Cheshire, Connecticut also won the People’s Choice Award for $100 for her Crazy Carrot Cake ice cream.

“I am so grateful to Front Porch and Mooresville Ice Cream for picking my recipe!” Kelley exclaimed, “It’s very rewarding for the hard work I put in to be recognized!”

Of the 53 submitted recipes, ten finalists were selected to create their ice cream recipes. Each finalist churned her ice cream recipe for this tasting and final judging event. Judges and media guests were invited to sample the finalists’ creations. The Grand Prize and Runner-Up winners were determined by a panel of four official judges. Entries were judged based on texture, appearance, taste and connection of flavor to the South. The People’s Choice Award winner was tallied by votes from guests of the event.

“Winning both the People’s Choice Award and Runner Up is a huge honor,” said Tutrani. “I’m so glad people really like the flavor of my Crazy Carrot Cake recipe.”

The official judging panel was comprised of faculty from Johnson & Wales University, and employees of Mooresville Ice Cream Company. Participating judges included: Deet Gilbert, JWU assistant professor; Kimberly Rosenbaum, JWU associate instructor; Babi Alarcon, Mooresville Ice Cream Company/Front Porch CEO, and Michael Werran, Mooresville Ice Cream Company/Front Porch production manager.

The other six JWU student finalists were Deanna Ashcraft (Burst of Ambrosia), Madison Cullman (Shut Your Mouth Sweet Potato Pie), Jade Duncan (Mama’s Flapjacks with Bacon), Sally Foster (Carolina Blue Berry), Mary Johnson-Clause (Harvest Pumpkin Spice), Ayalah Raphiel (Marvelous Mississippi Mud Brownie), Erica Sperduto (Brittle Me This?) and Jennifer Wells (Buzzing Honey Almond).

Each of the 10 finalists received $100 for qualifying in the judging round. The competition was open exclusively to JWU-Charlotte students.


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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