Celebrity Chef to cook up exclusive pastry demonstration

Joanne Chang at work - Photo Source: Myers+Myers
Joanne Chang at work - Photo Source: Myers+Myers

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Halekulani, invites guests to delight in an exclusive pastry demonstration by acclaimed Boston pastry chef Joanne Chang, whose chain of Flour bakeries has received critical acclaim in the culinary world.

During the demonstration of how to make Chef Chang's signature sticky buns, as well as a salmon, herb cream cheese and red onion quiche, guests can sip champagne and marvel at the skills that made Ms. Chang a star in the American pastry industry. Chef Chang will answer audience questions at the conclusion of her presentation.

Ms. Chang is fast becoming a household name in America; she has been the subject of rave reviews in Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky Magazine, Inc. Magazine, and Boston Magazine and has received numerous Best of Boston awards. Her bakery, Flour, was also featured on Throwdown with Bobby Flay on the Food Network, in which Ms. Chang's signature sticky buns won.

An honors graduate of Harvard College with a degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics, Ms. Chang left a career as a management consultant to enter the world of professional cooking. In 2000, Ms. Chang opened Flour, a bakery and café, in Boston's South End. Flour features breakfast pastries, breads, cakes, cookies, and tarts as well as sandwiches, soups, and salads. Flour has expanded to three stores. Chang was nominated for a James Beard Award in 2011. She also has a restaurant Myers+Chang with her husband Christopher Myers.

The demonstration will be followed by a multi-course brunch of sweet and savory dishes. Guests will receive a personally autographed cookbook to enjoy reading and experimenting Chef Chang's recipes at home after the event.

  • Saturday, January 21, 2012
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Pastry Demonstration
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Brunch
  • $79 inclusive


  • Champagne
  • Flour's Signature Breakfast Pastry Basket - Banana Bread, Sticky Buns, Buttermilk Biscuits with Parsley and Sage
  • Smoked Salmon, Herb Cream Cheese and Red Onion Quiche
  • Roasted Organic Chicken with Quinoa Tabbouleh and Watercress Salad
  • Chocolate Cream Pie
  • Coffee or Tea

Halekulani's pastry chef Mark Freischmidt will work in tandem with guest Chef Chang on this special event. Pastry Chef Freischmidt, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America's Baking and Pastry Program, has baked his way around the Americas, from his native Wisconsin, down to a luxury resort in Costa Rica, with many stops in between. His passion for this art drives his desire to constantly evolve the creation of pastry and breads, and his specialties are featured at Halekulani.

Chef Chang's visit is made possible due to the following: Kapiolani Community College in cooperation with the Hawaii Culinary Education Foundation (HCEF), funded by the Lyle S. Guslander Distinguished Visitors Program.

For reservations, please contact Halekulani's Food and Beverage Office at (808) 931-5040.

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