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They're Baaack…

Chocolatier Norman Love and his team of pastry chefs are at it again, leading chocolate and baking workshops until September.

BY April 22, 2016


If one of the nation’s most in-demand pastry chefs somehow finds time to host nighttime classes at his Fort Myers chocolate salon, you need to get on the phone and book your seat.

A few of the classes have already sold out, but we’re in luck because summer is our box of chocolates with 20 sessions to choose from until late September. The topics vary by the week (with some repeats) and include cupcakes; his signature molded candies; and a new one this year on impressive-yet-easy desserts to make at home, like a liquid-center chocolate cake.

Me with two cakes I made during a class last year

They’re $95 for three-plus hours of instruction, a recipe booklet and your handcrafted sweets to bring home. They also usually begin with a warm introduction by Norman Love himself and continue with his fellow chocolate masters coaching your every move in attempting, in my case last year, layer cakes. I was impressed to see him and even more so to hear that he tries to make it to each session (especially now that he’s opening his fourth area chocolate salon, in Fort Myers).

All of the workshops are held at the mothership, his headquarters a short drive north of RSW and next door to JetBlue Park. And with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day around the corner, what better way to show your love than with a sweet hands-on experience they’ll never forget?


Norman Love Summer Classes

$95, 6:30 p.m. start time

To reserve a spot, call (239) 561-7215. For more information, click here.

Molded candies: May 4, June 1, June 15, June 29, Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 21

Layer cakes: May 4, Sept. 7

Chocolate and wine tasting: May 18, July 27

Cupcakes: June 1, Aug. 10

Tarts: June 15

Desserts at Home: June 29, Aug. 24

Truffles: July 13

Cookies: July 13, Sept. 21

Participants at work during a cake class


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