Confectioner Lee Napoli, whose history in pastry and
candy in this city spans three decades, has been quietly conducting
chocolate-making classes in a kitchen on the corner of Dartmouth and
Montgomery streets since closing her retail shop, Chocolee Chocolates, in
2014. Often sold out months in advance, the classes were a local secret
spread strictly by word of mouth ... until now.
Beginning Saturday, September 26 and continuing every first and third Saturday
of the month thereafter, Lee is bringing news of her classes out of the (dark
chocolate) shadows and into the (milk chocolate) light.
Chocolate class dates for 2015 are: September 26, October 3, October 17,
November 7, November 21, December 5 and December 19.
Each two hour class, held from 2-4 PM, begins with classroom instruction, then
shifts to the stove, where chocolate tempering, truffle-rolling, and nut bark-ing
become a messy but engaging activity open to students age 18+.
When class concludes, each student goes home with a one pound box of
artisanal candy (worth $40-50) that they made with their own hands, and recipes.
Pre-registration for all 2015 classes begins this week.