Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air Offers Interactive Classes

November 08, 2012 | by —Alexandra Calamari | Homepage

Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air offers instruction on mixology (pictured), cooking, and wine.

Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air recently launched a series of classes exploring the restaurant’s incredible food, wine, and mixology programs. The perfect get-together for the holiday season, the courses are all available on request for groups of six or more, with a mandatory 14-day advanced booking.

For those looking to learn more about the art of the cocktail, a mixology course led by The Bar at Hotel Bel Air’s beverage director Tim Wilson is the perfect solution. Wilson and his bartenders will guide guests through the spot’s specialty cocktails, highlighting their unique ingredients like house-made Thai chili syrup and a tea-infused gin. Along with a brief history of bartending, Wilson will walk guests through the step-by-step creation of cocktails like the London Calling, featuring Boodle’s Gin, Cointreau, elderflower syrup, orange flower water, orange and lemon juices, and cucumber.

Wine enthusiasts can turn to courses led by sommelier Rob Harpest who will demystify the world of California wines, taking participants through the different growing regions and providing a guideline for proper wine sampling in his Becoming a Master Sommelier class. Harpest also teams up with executive chef Sonny Sweetman for a course highlighting expert food and wine pairings.

Meanwhile, Sweetman leads culinary courses including an in-depth guide to stress-free dinner parties and how to craft pasta from scratch, as well as shorter “quick fire” classes on making mushroom risotto and the ultimate omelet. Classes range from 30-60 minutes, from $55-$125 per person, and must be reserved by calling 310-909-1644. 701 Stone Canyon Rd., Bel Air

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