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December 2011

Pre-Prohibition Era Cocktails with Erik Lombardo of TRYST


This past summer, I spent most of my free time watching one of the best shows on TV from the past 5 years: Mad Men. I couldn’t wait to come back home after a long day of “work” (my job is pretty sweet), sit down and relax with a drink in hand and Don Draper on the screen.

When you watch Mad Men, it’s really hard to miss the fact that every character on the show excessively smokes and drinks which kind of makes you want to do the same. The show has arguably been responsible in part for a recent resurgence in classic and old-timey cocktails.

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The Philly Flyer – In His Own Words


Recently, COOK hosted Philadelphia magazine and Foobooz’s first “Signature Cocktail Contest” – a true mixology grudge-match for the ages! The winner, Rick Fitzgerald, who does not tend bar for a living, brought his A-game with the winning drink: The Philly Flyer…

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Meat-Master Macri Returns to COOK


Last Monday night, COOK welcomed back meat-master Nick Macri of Southwark alongside sommelier Brian Kane of Zahav for a night of delicious, homemade charcuterie and wine pairings.

Nick, who last taught sausage-making at COOK, brought an incredible spread and wealth of knowledge by preparing and then serving a wide range of cured meats. He divvied his menu into categories and explained the processes and the flavors behind his meat magic. Here’s how Nick broke it down to create a highly memorable charcuterie 101.

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