Our area has an impressive array of chefs and restauranteurs who come from every corner of the world to show off here in the Triangle. However, we’re incredibly lucky to have many of these culinary connoisseurs who hail from the Tar Heel State originally, too. This rotating series will feature food service establishments of every realm from restaurants, food trucks, food products, culinary services and beyond. We will include just enough information on these local foodie superstars to give you a “quick bite” that we hope will inspire you to go out and try their food for yourself. This time around, we’re featuring Made With Love Bakery, a bakery that focuses on tasty goodies and helping our community.
How did your local venture start?
Allison Norman founded Made With Love Bakery in 2011. This Chapel Hill organization is faith based with lofty philanthropy goals they’re chipping away at, one sweet confection at a time. Allison studied social work at UNC and has had the bug to help others since she was young. Between her family and friends, it was a running joke that if nonprofit work didn’t pan out for Allison, she would start a bakery. Social worker during the day and old school baker by night, Allison studied from old family recipes to develop their menu. Allison continues, “I learned to make our signature Mama Norman’s bread from my mom and our pound cake and pies from my grandma. Drawing on their knowledge and experience helped us expand our rotating menu to include brownies, cookies and specialty breads.”
What makes Made With Love Bakery unique to the Triangle?
Alison started Made With Love Bakery with the initial intent to become a means of transitional employment for community members, in addition to baking up Southern bits of hospitality. Allison says, “Faith and food are a huge part of Southern culture. We wanted to draw strength from these two things as they’re commonly related with homelessness. We predict it’ll be five years before we fully launch our transitional employment program. Establishing a financially stable base will help us in achieving that goal. We want to be fiscally responsible before starting this program to ensure we are taking the right steps to not only reach our goal, but become a sustainable working system. We want to walk our participants from poverty into empowerment.”
What makes the Triangle “home” for you?
Originally from Charlotte, Allison moved to Chapel Hill to attend college. She enjoyed her time as a Tarheel and found an encouraging base of friends in this area who shared the same ideals as her. As Allison elaborates, “I’m lucky to have friends with various backgrounds who have supported me since day one. They’ve caught hold of the vision of Made With Love Bakery and are eager to see it through. Other people believe in the vision and I’ve had nothing but love and support from this area since the beginning.”
Where can we find out more about Made With Love Bakery?
Made With Love Bakery has officially launched and they’re ready to fill your bellies with freshly baked goods. Learn more on what products they’re baking and how you can support their cause on their website, Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Tessa Nguyen is a chef and registered dietitian working in the Triangle area. She is an alumna of Johnson & Wales University and Meredith College. When Tessa isn’t traveling and discovering new food spots, she teaches culinary nutrition cooking classes at Duke and works as a consultant in the health and wellness industry. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @