Shared from Los Angeles Times
Pastry chef Carmen Montejo decorates Easter-themed macarons
Pastry chef Carmen Montejo decorates Easter-themed macarons. She will lead a master class on how to make them April 13. (Moana Surfrider)

If you like taking a cooking class when you travel, the Moana Surfrider in Honolulu is featuring master classes with its chefs that will teach you how to make the perfect French macaron and a classic gumbo, with a local twist.

Monthly Moana Masters classes at the hotel’s Beachhouse at the Moana restaurant last two hours and cost $100 per person, including cooking demonstrations and a custom meal. Here’s the schedule:

macarons
French macarons await finishing touches in the pastry kitchen at the Moana Surfrider, where visitors can take a class on how to make them. (Moana Surfrider)

►April 13: The Easter-themed class starts with a chocolate tasting before demonstration of how to make macarons and chocolate ganache. It ends with afternoon tea, complete with bite-size desserts and a variety of beverages. It’s led by pastry chef Carmen Montejo.

►May 11: The class teaches you how to make a single dish: sous-vide pork chops, or chops cooked in water to keep them extra juicy. Participants stay for lunch to eat the featured dish, adding creamed corn and a salad with poached egg and bacon lardons. It’s taught by chef de cuisine Colin Sato.

Read more…