Chocolatier Jeff Shepherd of Lillie Belle Farms Handmade Chocolates was chosen as one of the top ten chocolatiers in North America in 2009 by Dessert Professional magazine. The award honors the ten North American-based chocolatiers whose confectionery craft exemplifies the use of chocolate, and whose contributions have elevated the chocolate industry. Lillie Belle Farms started as a certified organic farm that grew hundreds of organically cultivated raspberry, marionberry and strawberry plants. The first truffles and bons bons created, which were sold at local farmers markets, utilized these luscious berries.
After 20 years in the restaurant business, chocolatier Jeff Shepherd started by making a few truffles in his home kitchen. Fast forward 10 years and his confections have garnered numerous awards and been heralded in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall St. Journal, Sunset magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. This small but mighty chocolate shop has become a showcase for his incredible culinary design skills. With over 100 different chocolate creations on display there is something for everyone’s taste, as long as it involves chocolate.
The shop in Central Point has a complete exhibition kitchen in full view of the elegant tasting room. Every aspect of the unique chocolate creations made at Lillie Belle Farms can be experienced first hand while munching on tasty free samples. They’re open seven days a week, but weekdays are the best time to see the chocolatiers in action.
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