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October 2011

Pickle Me This With Patrick Feury of Nectar

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Going into this class, I had to release my mind of preconceived notions: that Patrick Feury only cooks Asian; that cooking risotto isn’t worth the trouble; that freakish mushrooms are best left in the ground; and that i don’t like pickled food.  Leaving this class, all of those notions were proved to be myths. A run-down…

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A Sausage Fest at COOK

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Last Monday at COOK we had a literal sausage fest!

Nick Macri from Southwark was at COOK for a sausage-making basics class and needless to say, there were lots of sausages and lots of sausage jokes being served.

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Another Busy Week in the Kitchen at COOK: Part 2

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Remember that crazy week of 7 classes I told you about earlier? Well, we’re only about halfway through recapping! The week culminated with a weekend full of classes – two of which I’ll tell you about now.

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Another Busy Week in the Kitchen at COOK: Part 1

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We had 7 classes in one week earlier this month at COOK. Here’s part 1 of your recap from a week that included Thai green curry to pumpkin desserts and everything in between.

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The Bibou Family Comes to COOK

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It’s hard to get a seat at Bibou and it’s no wonder why. The intimate 32-seat, Bella Vista gem, owned by Chef Pierre Calmels and wife, Charlotte, serves arguably some of the most delicious, inventive and traditional French cuisine in the city.

COOK got up close and personal with the Calmels family on their only night off (Monday, October 3) and got a special peak into the magic they create at Bibou six nights a week.

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The Rouge Burger and Then Some

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September ended on a very high note at COOK thanks to the boys from Rouge. Executive Chef, Michael Yeamans, was joined by owner Rob Wasserman for a night of delicious burgers, tuna tartare, gnocchi with white truffle, molten chocolate cake and two broken wine glasses (thanks, Rob!).

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COOK’s Whirlwind Week That Was

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October baseball is in full swing and last week COOK welcomed 3 heavy hitters back-to-back-to-back in our major league kitchen.

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Vietnamese Cooking with Kiong Banh

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I was first introduced to Kiong Banh by Marc Vetri about 12 years ago and that introduction changed my life. I have to thank Marc for that. At the time, I was looking for a chef for Twenty Manning (now Twenty Manning Grill) and Marc said he knew “just the perfect guy”. Kiong and I met for coffee one morning and though he said very little, I knew he was my guy from the way Marc spoke about him and by the respect he showed him.  In an industry that has so many stresses, I was so lucky over that cup of coffee to have found such a good man to become my partner over these years. He has taught me so much.

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?uest Loves Food at COOK

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In case you don’t know who Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson is, he has a very impressive CV: he is the drummer for the GRAMMY Award winning band, The Roots; he is a highly sought-after DJ who spins at parties and events all over the world; he is the Musical Director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon; and now, he is carefully making his mark on food world by venturing out with two chefs under the his ?uest Loves Food brand. COOK played host to some of the recipe testing process last Sunday afternoon.

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