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Truly Exquisite Truffle Decadence

By Yu Shing Ting
February 3, 2013

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Chocolates for your valentine might not be the most original gift idea, but chocolate truffles that you made yourself, now that’s an extra sweet surprise. The Kahala Hotel & Resort presents a Sweet Surrender cooking class Saturday, Feb. 9 offering a hands-on culinary experience including a cooking demonstration by executive pastry chef Michael Moorhouse, who will create a variety of chocolate truffles so delicious, you’ll surrender to the sweet temptation immediately.

“People can expect a demonstration of basic confectionary techniques,” notes Moor-house. “Truffles are fairly easy to make and require having no special skills or training other than being able to measure accurately and patience.”

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At The Kahala, Moor-house is known as the heavenly chef because after eating one of his desserts, you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Overseeing all of The Kahala’s fine pastry products, from wedding cakes to morning muffins, Moorhouse is a graduate of Philadelphia’s Restaurant School and has worked in some of New York’s finest dining establishments, including Alison on Dominick Street, The Plaza Hotel, Tabla, Picholine, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Restaurant Lafayette. He also worked at London’s Greenhouse and the Halekulani in Waikiki.

The chocolate truffles can’t be found on any of the menus at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, however, it’s often created for special amenities and VIP events. Ingredients include chocolate, cream, butter and some natural flavorings. The class is part of an ongoing series of monthly cooking classes at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, and takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at Hoku’s. Light refreshments will be served after the class, and participants will get some truffles to take home. Cost is $85 per person, per class. Reservations are required. Call 808-739-8760 or email restaurants@kahalaresort.com.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5000 Kahala Ave.
739.8888