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August 2013

STARR SERIES: Brilliant Barbecue with James Davidson of Fette Sau

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BBQ lovers, get excited! Fette Sau (German for “fat pig”) is the Fishtown barbecue restaurant specializing in dry-rubbed meats, sourced from small, local farms and smoked in-house. The menu changes daily, with a rotating selection of meats available for purchase by the pound. The sides are kept simple and include burnt end baked beans, broccoli salad, pickles, sauerkraut and potato chips. Fette Sau is also a transplant from Brooklyn by way of partnership between restaurateurs Stephen Starr and Joe Carroll, marking Joe’s first restaurant outside Williamsburg. This August, Fette Sau’s chef, James Davidson, made his COOK debut with a night of exceptionally delicious barbecue!

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Chillin’ with David Ansill of Bar Ferdinand

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Last Tuesday, we had the pleasure of chillin’ with Chef David Ansill of Bar Ferdinand in Northern Liberties.  Back in Philly after a stint cooking in Jamaica, his menu was bright with the spices and flavors of Caribbean cuisine.  He started the night with a delicate yet decadent egg custard dish topped with fresh uni (sea urchin), and ended with a refreshing passionfruit custard and local berries.  Ferdinand‘s own Bill Sands provided some killer cocktail accompaniments to each course that got everybody in the island mood. Check after the jump for some photos of his beautiful menu and be sure to head to Bar Ferdinand soon to say “hey mon” to him and the crew!

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COOK Restaurant Sneak Peek: coZara

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Last week, COOK was thrilled to host a sneak peek of Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka’s soon-to-open University City restaurant, coZara (meaning “small plates” in Japanese).

Zama has come far in his three-plus years on 19th Street on Rittenhouse Square, and his Zama is one of the city’s go-to spots for sushi. Now,  Zama is on the move with a second restaurant. This December, he is set to open a 140-seat, two-story Japanese restaurant whose menu will include yakitori, noodles and dumplings.

The lucky 16 guests at Zama’s class last week got a special, early taste of the menu which was not only beautiful but delicious as well. Below are the menu as well as photos by Yoni Nimrod for COOK.

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Have Your Gugelhupf and Eat It Too

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Weekend afternoons often mean baking classes at COOK, and this past weekend was no exception. On Sunday we hosted a Viennese desserts class with Jess Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz. Characterized by their lightness and simplicity, Viennese pastries are known to be among the best in the world. More than just the famous tortes and strudels, this style of pastry is defined by the great breadth of delicate and delicious doughs and batters.

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2013 Audi FEASTIVAL Patron Party

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Thank you to all attendees of last week’s Patron Party for the 2013 Audi FEASTIVAL! Co-hosted by Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov and Audrey Claire Taichman, FEASTIVAL has been described as a “completely delicious and amazing” evening and named “one of the best events in the last decade.” The annual event (now in its fourth year), which benefits FringeArts, celebrates both our artistic and culinary scenes – two great economic engines that push Philadelphia forward.

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A Sardinian Supper with Vetri Ristorante

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Last month, we had the pleasure of hosting chef Adam Leonti and GM Bobby Domenick of Vetri for an evening of beautiful Sardinian cuisine. In addition to the food, everyone enjoyed glasses of distinct Italian wines hand-picked by Bobby. We were even treated to a surprise drop-in from Marc Vetri and his adorable son Maurice, both of whom lent a hand in the kitchen. Check after the jump for more captures of this memorable Sardinian supper!

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The COOK Book Nook: Vol. 2, The International Edition

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Did you know that we sell cookbooks at COOK? I can proudly say that we’ve got one of the most exciting food-text collections in all of Philly. We stock hundreds of titles both contemporary and classic, covering just about every subject you can imagine: meat, fish, baking, cocktails, vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, Filipino, Israeli, French…I could go on all day. I love all our picks, but there are always a few selections I’m particularly fond of in any given week. Peek after the jump to see what I’m digging currently. And come by COOK daily between the hours of noon and 5 p.m. to browse and buy!
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Don’t Miss the Best of Philly® Bash!

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The August 2013 issue of Philadelphia Magazine marks the publication’s 40th Best of Philly® issue. A veritable smorgasbord of the best restaurants, shops, exterminators and so on that the region has to offer, this year the gang at the mag is celebrating their Philly favorites by throwing the bash of the summer on August 20th at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (For the first time in decades, this party will be open to the public.) Guests will come together to experience the region’s best food, best drink, best entertainment and most compelling personalities.

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New Instructors Coming to COOK in September

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This September, COOK is featuring a number of first-time instructors who are all bringing something new (and delicious) to the table. Here are some of COOK’s not-to-be-missed fall newbies:

Thursday 9/5 7PM Summer Corn Dinner with Jason Hook of H20 Kitchen
Local chef Jason Hook is making his COOK debut by partnering with Blue Moon Acres Farm to present a cornucopia of corn dishes. After years working in the elite kitchens of Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges, Christian Delouvier and Philip Legendre, Hook has returned to the Berks County region, bringing with him his style of avant-garde fine dining. His H2O Kitchen special tasting events provide a full spectrum experience for local residents, with a taste of both the local and fresh and the international and rare. In September, each of the courses on Hook’s menu will include organic corn from Blue Moon Acres Farm in Pennington, NJ. Other local ingredients will be included on the menu, which also fuses exotic tastes and ingredients. Please note: this class is not vegetarian.

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Garden-To-Glass Cocktails

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Last week, we tried something different. Sure, we’ve had many a cocktail class here at COOK but never before have we paired cocktails with (wait for it…) flower arrangements. Our “Garden to Glass” evening was led by master mixologist Resa Mueller of Twenty Manning Grill and Nadine Louw and Katie Drinkwater of Flowers & Company. A spectacular time was had by all, and we’re happy to provide you, our loyal readers, with the cocktail recipes from the evening. Cheers!

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