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COOKING/CULINARY - WAIT LIST & QUESTIONS
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Due to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on Oʻahu, UHCCs have reduced presence on all campuses until further notice. 

CANCELLED CLASS:
Thu, Dec 3 - Hau'oli Pastry Series with Chef John: The Ultimate Coffee Cake
Sat, Dec 5 - Stollen, the world's most expensive bread

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If you are looking for a great opportunity to get out of the house this holiday season and experience some hands-on learning, check out Windward Community College’s Fall Baking Classes and Camps. Perfect for yourself, family and friends, we welcome anyone over the age of 11 (minors need parental consent), all you need is an interest and passion for all things baking.

Students will focus on learning, planning, organizing and executing traditional recipes to add to their skill set. In our baking camps students will learn the fundamental techniques that will lead to a lifetime of success in baking. Skills in making quick bread such as muffins and banana bread, pastry dough for a variety of pies and cobblers, holiday cookies and yeast doughs used to make a variety of fresh breads. Please check the particular course description for daily themes.

These classes and camps fill up fast so register early. If your class is full, please join our wait list and we will let you know if an opening comes up. Classes are not vegan, vegetarian or gluten free. Please let us know at the time of registration if your keiki has any food allergies or other special needs. Lunch break is daily for 30 minutes and lunch will be provided. Close toed shoes are required and please bring your own
 apron, kitchen towel and any other personal items that you may need.
cakes and cookies

Camp 1: Cakes & Holiday Cookie Decorating

Cakes and cupcakes are not just for birthdays or special events. We will make recipes for carrot, chocolate cake and a delicious cream cheese pound cake with fruit swirl. And don’t forget the delicious frostings and tricks to finish your masterpiece as you add these recipes to your repertoire.

In this cookie camp you will have hands-on experience and learn techniques to create some great go to cookies. Master the Ritz-Carlton chocolate chip cookie, the yummy thumbprint cookie, crisp and delicious Biscotti and the classic cut-out sugar cookie.

We will go through recipes together then prepare and bake up some fresh cookies. For the final touches we will learn how to prepare a cookie icing recipe. Learn new techniques in this hands-on class or touch up on skills and just have fun!

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructors: Daniel Swift & Thelma Howland
Date: Nov 27 & 28 (Fri, Sat)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, daily
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $190

THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
If you would like to join the waitlist please email wccocet@hawaii.edu
cookies and pie

Camp #2: Pies & Holiday Cookie Decorating

What’s better than warm and delicious slice of fresh baked pie? A perfect end to a great meal that taste even better the next morning with a cup of coffee. We will start with the basics, learning about what makes pie dough so flaky and delicious then fill them with fruit and other favorites like pumpkin and apple. Come get your bake on!

In this cookie camp you will have hands-on experience and learn techniques to create some great go to cookies. Master the chocolate chip cookie, the yummy thumbprint cookie, the unique but undeniably delicious coconut macaroon and the classic cut-out sugar cookie.
 
We will go through recipes together then prepare and bake up some fresh cookies. For the final touches we will learn how to prepare cookie icing recipes. Learn new techniques in this hands-on class or touch up on skills and just have fun!

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructors: Daniel Swift & Thelma Howland
Date: Dec 12 & 13 (Sat & Sun)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, daily
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $190

THERE IS ONE SEAT LEFT.
If you would like to join the waitlist please email wccocet@hawaii.edu.
baking utensils

Camp #3: Baking Camp

This three-day camp will cover favorites for any baker enthusiast. Day 1: cakes, Day 2: Christmas Holiday cookie decorating, and Day 3: pies.

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructors: Daniel Swift & Thelma Howland
Date: Dec 14, 15 & 16 (Mon, Tue & Wed)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, daily
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $285

WE ARE NOT TAKING COURSE REGISTRATION AT THIS TIME.
loaf cake and cupcake

Camp #4: Quick Breads & Cakes

Day one will focus on delicious quick breads like Classic Hawaiian Banana Bread, Apple Muffins, Crisp Streusel Topping and more. On day two, cakes and cupcakes are the focus. We will make recipes for carrot, chocolate cake and a delicious cream cheese pound cake with fruit swirl. And don’t forget the delicious frostings and tricks to finish your masterpiece as you add these recipes to your repertoire.

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructor: Daniel Swift
Date: Dec 17 & 18 (Thur & Fri)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, daily
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $190
apple pie

Camp #5: Holiday Pies

What is better than warm and delicious slice of fresh baked pie? A perfect end to a great meal that taste even better the next morning with a cup of coffee. We will start with the basics, learning about what makes pie dough so flaky and delicious then fill them with fruit and other favorites like pumpkin and apple. Come get your bake on!

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructor: Daniel Swift
Date: Dec 21 (Mon)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $100

THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
If you would like to join the waitlist please email wccocet@hawaii.edu
bread

Camp #6: Yeast Breads

It’s not the holidays until you can smell fresh bread baking in your oven. In this one-day camp we will cover yeast breads like cinnamon rolls, honey whole wheat, ciabatta and focaccia. You will be ready to share your creations with friends and family after this class.

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructor: Daniel Swift
Date: Dec 22 (Tue)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $100

THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
If you would like to join the waitlist please email wccocet@hawaii.edu
cake

Camp #7: Cakes

Cakes and cupcakes are not just for birthdays or special events. We will make recipes for carrot, chocolate cake and a delicious cream cheese pound cake with fruit swirl. And don’t forget the delicious frostings and tricks to finish your masterpiece as you add these recipes to your repertoire.

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructor: Daniel Swift
Date: Dec 23 (Wed)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $100 
baking utensils

Camp #8: Baking Camp

This three-day camp will cover favorites for any baker enthusiast. Day 1: cakes, Day 2: Christmas Holiday cookie decorating, and Day 3: pies.

Please bring your own containers, bags and/or boxes to take your products home. Aprons, kitchen towel and other personal items can also be brought to class.

SAFETY GUIDELINES
As a safety precaution participants must wear a face mask, covered shoes, and long pants.


Instructors: Daniel Swift & Thelma Howland
Date: Dec 28, 29 & 30 (Mon, Tue & Wed)
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, daily
Location: Windward CC, Hale Akoakoa – Cafeteria
Cost: $285

THIS COURSE IS SOLD OUT.
If you would like to join the waitlist please email wccocet@hawaii.edu

Past Cooking Events

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salad noodles and ice cream
daniel swift
Daniel Swift has worked in the restaurant business since 1985 when he started washing dishes in high school. He is a graduate of Boise State University’s Culinary Arts Program and Johnson and Wales University’s Baking and Pastry Arts program in Providence, Rhode Island. He has worked as a chef for top hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Kahala Mandarin Oriental, The Westin Seattle and the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

He began teaching in 2002 and earned his Masters Degree from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2005. He has taught Culinary, Baking and Pastry and Hospitality courses for the last 16 years at 5 different colleges and universities, including the Collins College of Hospitality Management, Chaffey College, the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration in Las Vegas and professor of food and beverage at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently he is the culinary coordinator of the Hiilaniwai Foodservice Innovations Training Program at Windward Community College in Kaneohe, Hawaii.  

Daniel earned his doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of Laverne in California in 2017. He is a Certified Master Baker through the Retail Bakers of America and hold certifications with the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef, Certified Executive Pastry Chef, and Certified Culinary Administrator.
Thelma
Thelma Vasquez Howland 
has been a semi-professional cake decorator for over ten years, maintaining a professional presence in higher education in administrative roles at Loyola University, UC Berkeley and now the University of Hawaii. She has taught decorating classes to 500+ students and enjoys cookie design and teaching sugar art techniques.

Thelma is a passionate baker who grew up immersed in Mexican-American cuisine with the influences of classic American fare. This created a deep appreciation and distinguished palette for both which has informed the designs and influences of her phenomenal bakery creations.

Trained in the Wilton Method at their Illinois corporate headquarters, she soon translated those experiences into participation in local design competitions and shows in the Bay area of California where she spent the better part of 12 years honing her craft. Thelma won Best in Show on multiple occasions at the Marin County Fair while helping chair and lead an annual Contra Costa Cake Show where several nationally acclaimed bakers, chefs and designers appeared to judge, demonstrate and teach courses.

As the California ICES (International Cake Exploration Societe) member and former state representative, she continues to participate in promotion and proliferation of the bakery and sugar arts. She manages her own cottage based business called Thelma’s Sweet Treats where she offers an assortment of bakery items and services. Contact her at thelmasweetreats@gmail.com
John McGough 
received his Patisserie & Baking Certificate from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has over 20 years in the restaurant industry as a chef, pastry chef, baker’s assistant, pastry cook, cook and restaurant manager at notable restaurants in Las Vegas, Honolulu/Waikiki. 

John is the owner/pastry chef of Hau‘oli Pastry Company where he prepares customized dessert menus for a la carte dining, banquets and special functions. 
Noe Puaauli is a Hawaiian cultural education specialist. Noe was co-creator of a healing garden and ‘āina based program and curriculum. She developed and taught cultural curriculum relevant to nursing and healing, has cultural understanding of utilizing food as medicine, designed a cultural garden which incorporates lā‘au lapa‘au, lo‘i kalo and other pertinent native plants important to cultural practices and traditions. She currently works at the Uala Leaf Cafe at WCC as an Education Assistant.
Stephen Maeshiro is Chef and Education Assistant for Uala Leaf Cafe at Windward CC. Steve brings over 25 years of culinary skills and knowledge. He has honed his palette and kaiseki skills working alongside top named chefs at some of Honolulu’s notable Japanese restaurants in Waikiki specializing in preparation of washoku, traditional and regional foods of Japan.
Alice Wu Swift is a
Multimedia Instructional Designer for the University of Hawai'i System and Owner of Swift Hospitality Consulting, L.L.C.

Alice Swift has 15+ years of hospitality, food and beverage experience. She has worked in various restaurants and hospitality organizations in California and Las Vegas, obtaining sommelier certifications: SWE Certified Wine Specialist, WSET Level 3, CMS Level 1. She has a passion for teaching and learning with the use of innovative and engaging educational technology, teaching part-time online for UNLV's hospitality program. After receiving her Ph.D. from UNLV’s William F. Harrah College of Hospitality in 2016, she relocated from Las Vegas to O‘ahu. She currently works for the University of Hawai‘i System as a multimedia instructional designer, and operates Swift Hospitality Consulting business catered to companies seeking instructional/curriculum design, development, and training. Alice also maintains her beverage industry ties, teaching local community classes, and is the beverage journalist for WineTalk, a monthly column for the Las Vegas Food & Beverage Professional magazine since 2011.