Oahu's Kahala Resort Offers Julia Child-Themed Cooking Classes

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More great foodie news from the Kahala Hotel & Resort on Oahu: As part of their celebration of Julia Child's centenary, the resort's pastry chef Michael Moorhouse (and others) will teach three hands-on culinary classes in August that will help demonstrate the finer aspects of French cuisine.

The Kahala's Université Pattisserie, offered August 4, 11, and 25, takes place in the mornings from 9-11 am at Hoku's and are $85 per person, per class. Tuition includes apron, graduation certificate and graduation tea party in The Veranda lounge following each class. These two-hour culinary journeys to France feature Better with Butter French pastries, desserts, braising and basting cooking techniques.

"We want the students to come away knowing how the dough feels in their hands, how the sweet pasrty cream tastes in their mouth, and how critical timing is when braising delicate lettuce and vegetables," says Chef Moorhouse. "It will be fun, educational, and students will sample everything that we make."
 
The August 4 class will focus on the art of making French Pastries. In this class, the students will make Páte a Choux (crème puff) filled with sweet pastry cream. The August 11 class will feature French Desserts, including variations on pastry creams, tart dough, and other French classics. In this class, students will make a buttery Páte Brisee (tart dough) and fill it with Crème Mousseline (pastry cream with butter added to it. The August 25 class will be on Braising and Basting. Chef Moorhouse will demonstrate and teach braising techniques on baby lettuces and bok choy and French basting techniques in the preparation of stuffed chicken legs.  
 
The Chef warns that participants will be expected to get their hands messy in each of the classes as each program will include both hands-on instruction as well as demonstrations. Following the morning sessions, participants will celebrate their “graduation” with High Tea served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in The Veranda lounge. Classes are limited to 50 persons. For reservations call (808) 739-8760 or e-mail [email protected].

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