Morning and Afternoon classes are the same. Please sign up for only one. Cooking. Is it Science or Art? Follow the recipe or inspiration? Let’s explore that! In this hands-on class, you’ll learn the fundamentals of how to make various everyday foods excellently so that you can expand on them—the ideal muffin, an Italian rustic cake, the best pastry for your fresh fruit (Maine is the land of blueberries, after all), and slurpingly tasty soups. Douglas enthusiastically cooks a full range of foods, but all of the recipes in class will be vegetarian, with tips for making them vegan. You will practice professional knife skills and kitchen etiquette. You’ll learn ingredient substitutions and best food storage practices. And you’ll learn ways to present your food to look as delicious as it is! You will go home a more confident, creative cook!
And who is going to eat all this food you’ve made in class? Everyone! After you’ve had a chance to sample your creations, the rest will go to the Newfound dining hall to be included in meals. Mmmmmm!
You will be given a list of some basic utensils to bring. Due to food preparation space these classes are limited to 5 students.
Meet your Instructor
Douglas Eastman began his culinary career while on a live/work retreat at New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Benedictine Monastery in Big Sur, California, where he learned the principles of vegetarian cuisine. He became a certified chef at an Institutional Cooking Program that culminated in an internship at Project Open Hand, a San Francisco non-profit that provides healthy “meals with love” to the elderly and sick. His restaurant kitchen experience began at the esteemed vegetarian Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, working under Executive Chef Annie Sommerville. In his twenty years of professional cooking, he has worked with several master chefs in restaurants in Texas and California. More recently, Douglas has been catering private events and dinners. His meals get rave reviews! Previous to cheffing, Douglas has also been a pianist, music teacher and musical director. He has been soloist in several CA Christian Science churches, and is currently the organist for First Church of Christ, Scientist, Laguna Beach.