1. Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I am from Los Angeles born and raised. My Love Bites partner Tiffany was born & raised in LA too but has been living in Portland for 20 years. Love Bites opened August 26, 2017.
2. What is your favorite thing about Portland?
My favorite thing about Portland is the beautiful support of local businesses and overall feel of the community. People are genuinely happy to celebrate others and their dreams. Plus, the trees … oh the trees!!!!
3. What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
My fav spot in Portland is our beautiful production facility at Love Bites! Our cafe filled with happy customers makes my heart sing. Honestly, my favorite thing to do is spend time with our customers and watch them eat desserts & our sandwiches.
4. How long have you been working as a professional wedding bakery?
This will be my first adventure in the wedding business … I look forward to all the happy brides and grooms celebrating their special days with Love Bites as a part of it. THAT will be very meaningful to me. I’m a sucker for weddings and imagining these desserts as a part of all these weddings makes me almost cry!
5. What people/training/experiences/ opportunities led you to this career path?
I have no formal training… just a food lover, devoted chef and a dream to open an enormous business that brings everyone around the world delicious and portion controlled desserts!!!
6. How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional baker for their wedding day?
Your wedding day is one of the biggest most impactful days of your life. Everything about that wedding should be handed meticulously and lovingly, supporting the wishes of the wedding party. Love Bites are made with the utmost attention to detail, quality of ingredients and carefully crafted by hand. The wedding party should have 100% confidence and assurance that their guests will be thrilled with their dessert options and experience. There is no second best when it comes to Love Bites flavor, texture and portion. Every bite that is taken should only add to the joyous occasion … actually making it a memorable part of the wedding. They will remember their first dance as well as that first BITE!!. The best part of my job is the fact that I get to feed people in a healthy way and share my passion for eating small delectable desserts. It’s a DREAM!! The second best part is sharing this company (with our many visions) with my best friend.
7. What is the best part of your job?
The opportunity to partner with my childhood best friend was an obvious choice given her experience in the restaurant and business world and our loving close bond as best friends supporting each other’s dreams. And of course feeding people my Desserts.
8. What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work?
The most challenging part so far is having my partner slow me down with introducing new flavors and product lines !!!!!
9. Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
We have a whole team that helps my dreams come to reality.
10. What do you attribute to your success as a wedding (fill in blank)? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
Our taste and unique size of our desserts set us apart and the ability with a 15,000 sq. foo production bakery to accommodate any size order that may be needed.
11. At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
As early as you want we would love to have you for a tasting
12. Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
My love for baking and feeding people has been lifelong. Baking with my Grandma and then developing these recipes over the last 15 years has been the most soul satisfying thing ever… besides my children. ️ The Trend of portion controlled and dietary/allergy needs and being able to focus on those things.
14. What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Choose a dessert that you love!!
15. Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
When you choose Love Bites by Carnie for your special day we will always make sure you have a no stress experience.
Carnie Wilson, daughter of legendary Beach Boy founder, Brian Wilson, has a multi-faceted career as a singer, songwriter, actress, author, voice over artist, motivational speaker, talk show host and celebrity chef.
As a founding member of Wilson Phillips, Carnie achieved extraordinary success, selling over 12 million albums worldwide with three #1 singles, including “Hold On, Release Me and You’re in Love”. Her extensive television career is highlighted by her numerous acting roles and hosting her own nationally syndicated talk show and reality show. She is also a current co-host for CBS’s THE TALK.
Carnie’s story has been chronicled in two autobiographies, Gut Feelings (released in 2001) and, I’m Still Hungry (released in 2003). Carnie’s cookbook, To Serve With Love, was published in the fall of 2005.
Carnie’s true calling and passion has been her food. This was illustrated perfectly when in 2015 she became a Food Network “CHOPPED CHAMPION” and a runner up on the Food Network’s program RACHEL VS. GUY.
Her infectious passion has paved the way for the launch of her own dessert line “LOVE BITES BY CARNIE” in 2017. These desserts focus on small portions of beautifully crafted cheesecakes, brownies, cake bites, crumb cakes etc. that lend itself to her commitment to a healthy lifestyle embracing portion control while celebrating life’s great pleasures…DESSERTS!!!
Carnie is the proud mother of two beautiful daughters, Lola age 12 and Luci age 8 and lives in Los Angeles with her musician/composer husband, Rob Bonfiglio.