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The South Arkansas Arts Center will be hosting a culinary class for aspiring bakers in conjunction with its summer musical production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

El Dorado native Chef Lilli Ellen will be teaching a course over the course of two afternoons about baking French bread and pastry techniques. The class, Bon Baguette” will be a hands on course on June 29 and 30 from 1-4 p.m. It will be held at the professional kitchens at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Ellen will demonstrate a rustic baguette during the first day and a French pastry dough, pate a choux, along with the cream for eclairs during the second day. Participants will be able to take home their creations.

“Le petit boulangerie d’amusement is French for ‘fun little bakery’ and that’s what we will be those two afternoons,” Ellen said about the class. “I love bread making. It can be as hard or as simple as you want it to be.”

Ellen attended the Culinary Institute of America, the country’s oldest and most prestigious culinary school, which she added, was a fun but challenging experience. Her extensive culinary resume includes pre and post education experience as a cook, chef and baker. She has at least 4,000 baguettes to her credit.

After some traveling around and working in different kitchens to give her some experience, Ellen now resides in El Dorado and is the upcoming Chef Director of the Culinary Arts Program at South Arkansas Community College, which will begin in August.

Tickets for the French bread and pastry classes are $55 for the two days of classes. For more information or to register, please call the SAAC office at 870-862-5474 or visit the website at www.saac-arts.org. SAAC is located at 110 East Fifth Street, El Dorado.

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