Learn the Art of Entertaining With Four Seasons

Photo by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Photo by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Travel always brings with it the chance to learn, and this October Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts is offering guests the chance to bring home with them the skills necessary to host a stellar get-together. 

Dubbed Entertain U(niversity), a new series of educational consumer classes, workshops and experiences aims to help Four Seasons guests master the art of entertaining with experiences they can recreate in their own homes. Led by Four Seasons in house global event planners, culinary teams and beverage masterminds, examples of the new events include:

Barista Boot Camp (Four Seasons Resort Orlando): Coffee lovers will gain the necessary skills to move beyond creating a basic "cup of joe" to crafting a signature cup of coffee rich in flavor and with an artful presentation. Coffee connoisseur Allison Burkard, manager of Lickety Split, the resort’s café, will teach guests how to make cold-brew coffee, as well as the perfect single drip coffee. (Every Saturday in December)

Barrel-Aged Cocktail Making (Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley at East Palo Alto): Guests can discover the art of crafting cocktails and adding an oak influence by assisting in the creation of a soon-to-be-released Quattro Barrel Aged Cocktail, which will rest in an oak barrel for 60 days until it is aged to perfection. Attendees will be invited to the release party of the cocktail that they were part of creating. (October 3)

Steak & Ale (Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire): This experience showcases prime steak cuts, including organic Cote de boeuf from local farms, combined with the property’s own craft beer, 1086. Guests will get the chance to partake in an interactive craft ale tasting session with the Andwell Brewing Company, a local family-run microbrewery, where they’ll learn about the creation of 1086 in celebration of the hotels’ 10th anniversary.

Afternoon Tea Etiquette for Youngsters (Four Seasons Macao): All participating young guests will get a chance to experience high tea service, from three tiers of delightful savories, scones, and desserts, along with a cup of hot chocolate or milk as a tea substitute. An in-house Four Seasons expert will also guide children in proper high tea etiquette. (October–December)

Tips and Tricks from Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen (Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay): Participants learn how to cook some of Wolfgang Puck’s most beloved dishes from his restaurants at the hotel. The class will be guided by his chefs in the dining room of the brand new CUT by Wolfgang Puck restaurant.

Jimbaran Bay Cooking Academy (Four Seasons Bali): A hands-on opportunity to learn about the secret techniques and distinctive ingredients of Indonesian cuisine, featuring recipes from old family traditions from different Indonesian regions. Guests will visit the Jimbaran Fish Market to see how locals shop for the freshest seafood, and pick indigenous ingredients from the academy’s herb and spice garden. (Daily, Monday–Sunday)