Seasonal Specialties

Seasonal Specialties

Gingerbread Houses

It wouldn’t be the holidays without gingerbread houses.

At least that’s what Gran Forno bakery in Fort Lauderdale, believes.

They contacted Culinary Fusion, a local company that places specialty chefs, and they found him free-lance baker Neal Salisbury from Boston, a specialist in making gingerbread houses.

Mansions, really. This year, Salisbury made a replica of Elvis’Graceland, a colonial New England house and church, and a French colonial home, which sell for $100 to $500. He also created some smaller houses that cost less.

You can usually find Salisbury, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., cooking on private yachts. But he takes time off to make gingerbread houses. “I call myself a ‘gingerbread artist’,” Salisbury says.