By now, everyone knows about Hollywood photographer, writer and chef, Greg Henry and why he came to Boquete last month. He’s lovingly called “SippitySup” due to his top-voted website,

The cooking class Greg presented, “Hollywood’s Golden Age”, included 6 recipes from 6 of the world-famous restaurants in Hollywood that were “glistening” back in the 1940-50’s. I attempted to gather photos of each dish as it was prepared, but I missed the Rumaki. If anyone has an actual photo of the Rumaki that was made during the class, please let me know.

The Cocoanut Grove’s Signature Cocktail was leading the menu, each student received one as they walked into my kitchen. That doesn’t happen very often, so it was a big treat for everyone. sip

Then came the Plaintains with Caviar and Black Bean Puree. The photo below shows Greg frying up the plantains. They were served buffet-style with lots of toppings available: red and black caviar, smoked tuna, sour cream, bean puree, and thinly-sliced red onions.sippatacones

Barbecue Shrimp with Ginger and Lime was beautifully prepared and as you can see, this heaping platter of grilled shrimp gave everyone as many kabobs as they liked.

The final entree was the Brown Derby Original Cobb Salad topped with poached chicken and old-fashioned French dressing made from the original recipe. The freshly-picked organic vegetables were a special treat and the stars of the 40’s and 50’s probably didn’t have such luscious greens as we do today.

Dessert was Romanoff’s Chocolate Souffle’, almost as delicious looking as it tasted, especially when sprinkled with powdered sugar and topped with whipped cream. supsouffle

For all these recipes and perfect photos of the “practice” dishes, click here. You’ll see Greg’s blogs about the renown restaurants and the Hollywood stars who frequented them.

And just think, everyone who enjoyed Greg’s cooking class was dining on the same delectable foods that were served 70 years ago during Hollywood’s “Golden Age”.